French retired Counterstrike Player Nathan “NBK” Schmitt spoke about his latest diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on Twitter.
In the over a. shared statement Google document, NBK details the advantages and disadvantages of its ASD diagnosis. While he attributed the diagnosis to assisting his decision-making, honesty, and pattern recognition, he noted its shortcomings such as a lack of empathy, emotional outbursts, and awkwardness in social situations.
“This conclusion allows me to better understand past moments that happened in different teams and throughout life, and it also explains why I have always been different from other players, especially in the French scene,” said NBK. “It will also help others to work better with me in the future for maximum efficiency.”
NBK apologized to his former teammates for his previous actions and words, saying that it was his intention never to harm his teammates.
“I have never sincerely judged a person for who they are, what they believe in, and said things or acted to intentionally hurt them,” NBK said. “My autistic obsession with success with my teams has sometimes made me too insensitive and always pushed for more without considering the big picture and my teammates as a whole.”
NBK credits his ASD for helping him and his teammates achieve peak performance in esports, particularly his two major wins at DreamHack Winter 2014 and DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015.
But now he understands that to become an even better person, a balance between his natural tendencies to strive for greatness and the shortcomings of not understanding emotional empathy is required.
“I’ve been working with a sports psychologist since March and with the recent diagnosis, the most important thing is to find the team that I can best grow on and share my experiences so that the team gets the most from it,” NBK said .
NBK has retired from professional life Counterstrike since June 2021 and has since switched to VALORANT. Although recent rumors and a possible clue in the statement could spell a possible return to its roots in Counterstrike.
“My lead in France on most notable trophies won is shrinking and I may have to fight again,” said NBK.