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CS:GO Pro STYKO commits 20% of Sticker earnings to teen mental health support

Posted : 23 March 2024

APEKS Counter-Strike player Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk recently took to social media to announce a heartfelt initiative. Ahead of the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024, he revealed his intention to donate a significant portion of his earnings from sticker sales. Specifically, Styk pledged to contribute 20% of his sticker earnings to support teenagers in accessing essential treatment for mental health conditions.


The decision reflects Styk's commitment to addressing mental health challenges within the esports community. In his statement, he expressed concern for the well-being of young players, emphasizing the tendency to prioritize career pursuits over mental health.


Styk cited the tragic losses of fellow players David ‘cynic’ Polster and Karel ‘Twisten’ Ašenbrener, both of whom struggled with mental health issues before their passing. To honor their memory and assist others facing similar battles, Styk plans to allocate 10% of his sticker earnings to Polster’s family and the remaining 10% to a foundation established by Ašenbrener’s family.


Styk's announcement garnered widespread support from esports organizations like HEROIC and Ninjas in Pyjamas, as well as from various players and companies within the industry. His initiative underscores the growing recognition of mental health as a critical issue in esports and highlights the community's willingness to address it proactively.


The significance of sticker sales within Counter-Strike cannot be overstated. These in-game items, featuring player autographs and team logos, play a crucial role in generating revenue for teams and players.


With each Major tournament introducing new sets of stickers, the proceeds from sales directly benefit the competing teams and players. Despite the uniqueness of this revenue stream outside traditional sports, it serves as a vital financial support system for esports professionals, contributing to their livelihoods and enabling initiatives like Styk’s to make a meaningful impact.


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