Drug Testing Coming To E-Sports?!

Drug Testing Coming To E-Sports?!
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This may be odd for you to hear, but it’s true.. Just like the Olympic Games, drug tests are now involved in E-Sports.

Electronic Sports League, which is the largest e-sports league in the world, began testing players for drugs.

You may think that it’s the dumbest thing to do. What’s the big deal? It’s just a damn video game, right?

No, it’s not.. The whole gaming industry has expanded enourmously that it worts millions or maybe billions of dollars. So, it’s not just a game now. People can commit murder or use some crazy ways to achieve a piece of this big pie. It literally means “shit got serious”.

But when did shit get serious? This pro gamer guy called Cory Friesen admitted during an interview that the whole team was on Adderall, a prescription drug to enhance your energy rate and concentration, during an ESL tournament where the players were competing for $250,000. Do you even know what you’ve done Cory?!! You must be very fun at parties douchebag…

Long story short, ESL has partnered with NADA (the Nationale Anti Doping Agentur) to keep a fair-play enviroment for all the pro gamers. Before this has happened, ESL had prohibited the usage of alcohol, drugs and any other performance enhancer, but haven’t tested anybody for them.

ESL is the first e-sports league to apply drug test in a tournament. But hey, we can’t blame them right? Gaming has become a sports which has massive competitions, so someone has to set the fair play.

And ESL also told that they won’t be punishing or charging Cory Friesen because of that they can’t proove if he has taken drugs or not. But next time, they will be there.. Good for you Cory, you slippery bastard.



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12 Responses to Drug Testing Coming To E-Sports?!

  1. Peter says:

    Hi Duru,
    I suppose when money is involved in these e-sports, competitors will go to any lengths to improve their performance. Taking drugs to improve your reaction times or keep you more alert gives you a big advantage. Although I think it was suspected that players were taking drugs, it’s good to see one of the players actually admit it. These drugs can be dangerous and even habit forming, so if they can be eliminated from the competitions it’s a good thing. Thanks for the info.

    • admin says:

      Hey Peter!

      You are right in every way. For a fair play environment you must set a standard for every player.

      Thank you for your interest!)

  2. Joon says:

    Haha man this is crazy. I mean I understand that nowadays video competition is not just all fun and games and there’s big money stake at the end. But I never expected that they will have doping test for gamers. I was thinking they can take like modafinils or adderalls for concentration…Hm…in that case, I won’t be surprised if school students be tested for drugs before handing in their essays or exams lol.

    • admin says:

      Hey Joon! Actually this can be an interesting case study. Video games have become this serious that players get a drug test but no doping test during school exams. This feels quite ironic right? Maybe it’s just because that there is big money going around in gaming tournaments. Capitalism can be funny sometimes.

  3. JP says:

    Wow, didn’t knew about this. People going to this lenghts to win a competition is bad overall.

    I knew about E-sports and how popular they’re becoming lately, specially with games like DOTA and LoL.

    VG are serious stuff when you’re a pro gamer, so taking an advantage over the competition demonstrates a lack of personality, as you doubt your own skills and need and enhancer to go over your rivals.

    • admin says:

      Yeah, no matter if it’s sports Olympics or an e-sports tournament, peopleput effort into this and they should be organised under equal circumstanes!

      It is definetely against the Gentlemenship Rules!!

  4. Steve says:

    Drug testing makes sense in football and baseball. But this? I don’t get it what kind of drugs can you take that will improve your gaming skills? If anything it would have a negative effect on you. E sports is a new kind of world for some people. The only drug i take for gaming is caffeine. Lol. Cool article though! I will have to come back to check out more of your articles.

    Do you think that this would help players or make them less effective?

    • admin says:

      Well, some drugs may help when you consider the stress playing for an actual reward. You may take some concentration increasing drugs and be a step forward than your opponents. But of course we’re talking about extended hours of gaming and high levels of stress here.

      I’m glad that you liked the article. I hope that you’ll visit more)))

  5. Wil says:

    Now that’s interesting considering the Olympics in Rio just made marijuana fair game as long as it’s not on the day of competition. Which e-sport do you follow the most? I mostly follow League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm. I can see how taking drugs that may help to focus would bring a competitive advantage to one side. Interesting read.

    • admin says:

      Marjuana usage, in my opinion, won’t be doing any harm to competition as because it’s not a booster artificial agent. But it’s still considered as a drug by legal authorities, but I’m glad that Rio Olympics commitee focuses on logic side of things.

      Well, I’m actually a gamer who’s prefaring to stay in the comfort zone of gaming, I usually play single player horror/thriller games or action-adventure with some decent story telling and sociological background. I’m a huge Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil fan by the way. But if I follow any e-sports I usually watch League of Legends or COD championships.

  6. Jacob Schilling says:

    Interesting, I have always been a huge gamer but I never thought much about the whole sports or spectrum of gaming!

    I think its strange that they would drug test for gaming tournaments and such but the more I think about it the more it makes sense! You gotta have a fair enviroment for these type of things!

    Hopefully they go to farther lengths than just pee tests, its pretty easy to bring fake piss, and most people have really been able to evade those kind of tests, especially when they know when they’re coming!

    • admin says:

      Definetely Jacob! E-games have become nothing different than olympics now and they’re way more serious than before especially because that they’re a multimillion dollars industry.

      I don’t know if it’s right or wwrong to stricken them up, but the right thing is to equate every attenders’ rights, and that’s why there’s drug testing now. But that’s just my opinion.

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