Meet the 63-year-old CS:GO player who competes in tournaments

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When it comes to CS:GO, age is just a number!

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Oleg is a 63-year-old CS:GO player who competes in tournaments with a team called 'Ageless Shooters', where all players are over 60 years old.


He is a graduate of the Medical Academy and served in the Navy as a military doctor. After his retirement, he started playing CS:GO and joined a team.


Oleg shares his experience competing in CS:GO, how he started playing, his time competing with the team, and the benefits of playing at his age.

There is no age associated with games, especially when it comes to a classic shooter like CS:GO. A 63-year-old Ukrainian player, Oleg, is breaking stereotypes about competitive gaming being useless and an activity that can only be enjoyed by the younger generation.

The NAVI fan who has been actively playing for over three years is not just another CS:GO player, but also competes in tournaments with his team, Ageless Shooters, where all players are over 60 years old.

In a recent interview with YouTube channel TUT.BY, Oleg talked about his CS:GO experience, how he started playing, his time competing with the team, and the benefits of playing at his age.

63-year-old CS:GO player shares his experience playing, competing in events and how it benefits him

Oleg, 63, is a graduate of the Medical Academy and served in the Navy as a military doctor. At that time, he was not familiar with CS:GO. He was later introduced to the game when his children were teenagers. Now, he is part of a team called 'Ageless Shooters', with whom he competes in tournaments.



Talking about how he started playing the game Oleg said: When my kids were in high school, I noticed they were playing some kind of shooting game. 

I basically told them to do other things because I didn't like them wasting time sitting in front of the computer all the time. I hid the power cord from them, to stop them from playing CS:GO. It was at this time that I discovered Counter-Strike. Oleg, Interview with TUT.BY

As for how he got into the senior CS:GO team, Oleg said it was in 2019 that he came across an announcement that anyone who wanted to compete on an esports team could apply. 

In total, about 20 of us came, of which eight were selected, three women and five men. At that time I was 60 years old. 

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We actively trained for two months to compete in an event at comic-con. Two teams from Ukraine and Sweden, composed of retired esports players, faced each other and lost '16-1′. Oleg in Interview with TUT.BY

Ageless Shooters after defeating Swedish team '16-1′

Being of military origin, it was initially difficult for Oleg to aim in the game as he was used to aiming at iron sights. During the two-month training, he learned to aim using the digital sight and continued to grow with each passing day.

During the interview, he revealed that in the last 90 days (three months) he played 218 games, of which he managed to win 117 games, lose 86 of them and draw the remaining 15.

For all those who think gaming is just a waste of time and nothing good will come of it, Oleg goes on to say that,People of the same age relate to my hobby in different ways. We are already living in a new time, talking about how good it was 20-30 years ago is the wrong way to approach it. 



Such a person lives in the past and we live in the present, we live in a 'computer world'. People our age who work with a computer live a complete modern life. Every person needs to keep up with the times. Oleg – Interview with TUT.BY

Equipe Ageless Shooters CS:GO

Playing CS:GO has helped Oleg better interact with his kids, helping him connect with them virtually as they enjoy the game together. Personally, he feels that playing the game has helped him develop micro motor skills, imagination and memory, things that would have deteriorated with age. In addition, it also helped him to develop and master new terms and computer technology.

While there are many pros, the only negative thing he could think of was the amount of time that needs to be invested in learning and mastering CS:GO.

Oleg concludes his interview by making the following statement, Anyone who plays CS:GO at age 63 is a person of the 21st century. The game and this age are absolutely compatible. It is a link between generations. Oleg in an interview with TUT.BY

Oleg and his team support NAVI, they even cheered for the Ukrainian organization during the race for PGL Major Stockholm 2021. His team tries to recreate some of the strategies used by them, but they don't always work out.

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