Queensland University of Innovation esports researcher Dylan Poulus said 316 esports players aged 18 and over were studied from amongst the top 40 percent of players. Credit: QUT Media

High performing esports specialists may require the same mental endurance it requires a leading Olympian, according to QUT research study.

A brand-new research study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, showed an overlap between the mental toughness and stress-coping processes in traditional sports and competitive esports professional athletes.

Queensland University of Innovation esports scientist Dylan Poulus stated 316 esports gamers aged 18 and over were studied from amongst the leading 40 percent of players.

” A personality thought about to be prominent in sporting success is mental toughness and it appears to be essential for success in esports,” Mr. Poulus stated.

” To be a millionaire esports player you deal with stress comparable as if you are preparing to go to the Olympics. It is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet, and with the coronavirus pandemic there has actually been huge interest.”

The research study utilized athletes who played Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six: Siege, Defense of the Ancients 2, and League of Legends competitively. Events can draw more than 60 million online views.

Mr. Poulus stated the research study recognized some of the psychological skills required for optimal efficiency amongst players, including high levels of psychological durability, psychological control, and life control.

” Similar to traditional sports athletes, esports professional athletes with greater psychological toughness used more problem-focused coping methods which helped in their success,” he stated.

However, the findings also revealed how esports athletes with high mental toughness utilized emotion-focused coping methods like acceptance coping.

” By accepting the elements of their video game that are beyond their control might result in much better efficiency,” Mr. Poulus stated. “Everything we see in sports psychology interventions that work with conventional sports is most likely going to deal with esports professional athletes.”

Mr. Poulus is completing his PhD at QUT’s Faculty of Health school of Workout and Nutrition Sciences.

The research study, titled Tension and Coping in Esports and the Impact of Psychological Strength, was co-authored by Michael Trotter, Dr Tristan Coulter and Teacher Remco Polman.

It’s one of the first research studies to investigate psychological durability and stress and coping in performing esports athletes.

Additional research study is investigating what particularly triggers stress to high performing esports athletes.


Referral: “Tension and Coping in Esports and the Influence of Mental Durability” by Dylan Poulus, Tristan J. Coulter, Michael G. Trotter and Remco Polman, 23 April 2020, Frontiers in Psychology.

DOI: 10.3389/ fpsyg.2020.00628.

QUT was house to Australia’s first main university-endorsed esports program, with five $10,000 scholarships and the very first dedicated on-campus video gaming arena.

QUT’s Tigers esports group, that includes 6 scholarship holders, won the Oceanic Opposition Series beating the University of Auckland on May 23.