ESL Testing eSports Players For Drug Usage

/ 1 year ago


Gaming is a big market, and with games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Smite and Dota offering hundreds of thousands in prizes the competition heats up every year with each competition. As with all competitions, people use every chance to get ahead and sometimes these methods are seen as morally bad.

The Electronics Sports League (ESL) are hoping to combat one of the most popular methods for getting ahead in competitive sports, the use of drugs. Pairing up with the National Anti Doping Agentur (NADA) ESL hope to create rules that will enforce an anti-PED (performance enhancing drug) that will allow competitive gaming to continue without being drawn into an area other sports are often resistant to discuss. Hoping to also meet the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), they hope to enforce the ruling and prevent any performance enhancing drugs being used in any area of competitive gaming.

The reason for the sudden and swift response comes after professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, Kory ‘Semphis’ Friesen who stated that not only did he use Adderall, but that other players were using the stimulant, often used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Personally I think this can only be a step in the right direction, taking anything that may help or hinder your performance for something which is meant to be for fun and a little challenge not only ruin the spirit of the games but also the reputation of those who hold such events.

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of ESWC’s Interview with Semphis

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  • Zeed

    Fun ?? It was fun 4 years ago when teams ware build on friendship not professional trainers and shit we got now.. Totally lost interest in E-sport once it became typical global money making business. I remember 16 years ago my mates doing weekender’s on amphetamine playing CS 1.6 in internet coffee 24/7 they had EPIC FUN TIMES doing so.
    Now all of them grown up got families working or owning own companies….

    And if anything thinks that downing liters of red bulls or other energy drinks is not harmful THINK AGAIN and read up. I can see them doing pure caffeine after this hits.