Doping has been around since humans started competing against each other. Now it seems like the Electronic Sports League want to start cracking down on doping in the esports environment by drug testing gamers.
The decision by the ESL to start drug testing gamers comes after some convtraversial statements were made by professional gamer, Kory “Semphis” Friesen. Friesen spoke to Govindasamy and admitted that him and his team mates regularly take the ADHD drug, Adderall to enhance their video gaming performance. Friesen seems to be quite nonchalant about the whole issue stating:
I don’t even care. We were all on Adderall. I don’t even give a fuck. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever.
The ESL seem to give a fuck and have teamed up with sport anti-doping groups – the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and Europe’s Nationale Anti Doping Agentur (NADA) – to develop an anti-doing policy specifically designed for the esports environment. The ESL describe this collaboration with WADA and NADA as necessary due to the fact that “the popularity and visibility of esports has grown exponentially in recent years, but this combined with the increasing size of prise pools has also made the temptation of rule-breaking even greater“. In drug testing gamers, the ESL aim to ensure that all video gamers are provided with a fair playing field in esports.
While a policy is still in the works, the ESL will start administering its first PED skin tests at the ESL One Cologne competition in August and aims to be drug testing gamers at all Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL ESEA Pro League events in the future. The ESL will soon be providing the gaming community with a list of banned substances, what the correct methods of testing are and what the sanctions will be for contraventions.
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