E-Sports Winners Won’t Use Drugs Anymore
E-Sports group ESL is taking moves to prevent players from using performance-enhancing drugs, by implementing a testing regime – believed to be the first such scheme in the e-Sports sector. The scheme will cover all of the organisation’s major events, including ESL One, ESL ESEA Pro League and Intel Extreme Masters events.
While the issue of PEDs in e-Sports is receiving attention now, the problems have been rumbling on for some time. Last year former SK Games employee Bjoern Franzen claimed that doping was widespread, and that while most organisations had rules against drug usage none of them were enforcing them via testing.
The move to finally start enforcing the rules comes in the wake of admissions by Kory Friesen that he and his team were using Adderall at an event, which you can see in the video interview below. The ADHD treatment is commonly used by competitors to boost focus, and is sure to be on the list of substances that ESL will be testing for. None of the team will be retrospectively disciplined or lose prize money, but you can bet they’ll be watched closely in future competitions.