After Drug Scandal, Pro Gaming League Outlines New Anti-Doping Measures

Random drug tests at ESL tournaments will begin next month.

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Not long after promising to take measures against doping in its tournaments, competitive gaming company Electronic Sports League on Thursday announced what steps it's taking to combat the issue.

With the aim of "safeguarding the integrity" of ESL tournaments and providing a fair playing field for all, the league has partnered with the Germany-based Nationale Anti-Doping Agentur (NADA) to research and determine an anti-PED policy that is "fair, feasible, and respects the privacy of players whilst simultaneously providing conclusive testing results."

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Anti-doping protocols are commonplace in traditional sports. With the rising profile of eSports, cheating is likely only going to increase, the ESL said, which makes these anti-doping measures all the more important.

"The growing visibility and popularity of esports, as well as increasing prize pools, make it not only more tempting for teams and players to break the rules, but also more damaging to our sport as a whole when they do," the ESL said in a statement today.

The group also said it plans to meet with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to "actively involve them in the making, enforcing, and further internationalizing of this policy to regions like the US, Asia, and Australia."

Leveraging the knowledge of NADA and WADA, the ESL aims to create a policy that all players participating in tournaments organized, hosted, or produced by the ESL must agree to.

"The goal of this program is to ensure players are provided with information and structural support to help them manage the physical and emotional pressure that the highest level of competitive gaming puts on many of them," the ESL said.

In the interim, the ESL will administer random PED tests at the upcoming ESL One Cologne tournament in August. The group's overall goal is to perform such tests at every event in the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, and ESL ESEA Pro League series.

The ESL has not yet provided a list of banned substances or disciplinary measures for people caught using PEDs or admitting to having used them. But this information is coming soon. The organization also stresses that it will "remain proactive" in making sure that pro players and their managers are informed of the latest developments to the ESL's new drug policy.

These new measures come in the wake of professional Counter-Strike player Kory "Semphis" Friesen openly admitting, via Motherboard, that he and his Cloud9 teammates used Adderall during the recent ESL One Katowice tournament in Poland. "We were all on Adderall," he said. They will not be retroactively punished, however.

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good idea, with that much money at stake wouldn't you want everyone on the same playing field? and see who is the better opposition is on that day, know I would..

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so there are drugs out there that'll make you mlg?

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It's bad enough that other Sports can't be taken seriously, because some or most people need to use doping to compete. They'll never fully crack down on this kind of thing, so i guess it's over for gaming as well.

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The reason is because security noticed Bill Cosby lurking around the ladies restrooms during events.

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Back in my day, Video Games were the exact perfect time to get effed up on drugs and booze. What is wrong w/ today's world?

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E-sports, anti doping, professionals !? (as compared to what? -me, who is just keeping my amateur status for the Olympics of video games)

Shit like that makes me want to .... dammit someone help me get this bomb vest on.

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eSport is about as much of a sport as knitting.

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Holy christ in heaven. What a f%#kin joke.

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Bwahahahaha....ahahahahaha.

Oh wait, I think they are serious.

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@straightcur: like

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Easy Adderall test - put them in a chair in the center of an empty room with white walls, and tell them to sit perfectly still for a couple minutes. If they can't do it - juiced.

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@Thanatos2k: that is also the same test for pills heads, caffeine addicts, drama queens and people who have a raging case of the crabs ..... so I have heard.

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@Thanatos2k:

If you have ADD the Adderall has the opposite effect and calms you down if you dont have ADD you should not be taking psych-meds for recreational use because it cause long term even permanent damage.

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If they remove all the dopes, who'll be left to play?

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I thought they were all taking Adderall because they have psychiatric issues.

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Hopefully they don't test for THC - because there goes half of the participants.

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Dam and I am planning on injecting steroids to play bloodborne I hope I don't get drug tested.

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Adderall sucks. I was prescribed it in highschool and it was awful. I was dependent on it, it made me feel like a robot, and my heart would pound all day which can't be healthy long term. Stay away from it people. Get regular exercise, get adequate sleep, stay away from junk food, take vitamins and omega 3s, get some sun/go outdoors, do some form of daily brain training (like higher math or a new language) and meditate daily. These things will provide you with more than enough focus and alertness. I know I sound like a grandma telling you what to do, but this stuff works.

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@banjokazooie2: I'll just play video games, thanks.

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@Thanatos2k: lol you can still play video games and do what I said. I certainly do.

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They're really trying hard to try and be taken seriously lol, IT'S NOT A SPORT

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@subsided94: correct... Its not a SPORT! Its an eSport (there is an "E" infront of the word).

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@subsided94: Why not?

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Weed can help you with focus, cocaine can help you with reaction time

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@therealmadmix: Yeah but it is hard to compete for a competition if you sale your stuff for crack cocaine, and if you forget to go to an event because you are watching a Golden Girls marathon, debating who is the most bang-able because your high.

I think Sophia , I bet she could ****.

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Drug testing for eSports as a concept is quite frankly ludicrous. I can perhaps see tiny gains made in performance by increasing hyperactivity in the heart and brain (even that's a bit of a stretch for me, almost to the point where I'd call it believing in superstition)... but it's still hilariously goofy. If you can't perform at the top of your game in something that doesn't require physical activity without chemical assistance then you shouldn't be there. Sacrificing your health in the vain hope that you'll gain a tiny edge over the competition is just crazy... and you'd think for a group of people that are using their minds over using their bodies as a display of skill, they'd be able to work that out.

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@jinzo9988: (dramatic voice)And it would ruin any chances of getting into the hall of fame.

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@jinzo9988: You must not use your brain much.

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@jinzo9988: Everything that you said applies to other sports as well.

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@jinzo9988: I dunno, Adderall can help you focus and work a million times harder, and when you have a tourny like that DOTA2 with $5 million prize pool, I can see it happening

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This might actually be the first time weed may be considered a performance enhancing drug

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@UltimateBastard: Doubt it.

"Duuuude, I think we lossst"

"Yeah cause you were just running into the wall!"

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@Thanatos2k: IDK, I haven't smoked in years, but I definitely remember the days of smoking and playing games and I was definitely better after a couple of smokes. It's not as overpowering as you're making it out to be

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@UltimateBastard: Or maybe you just THINK you were better. Just like people think they didn't act stupid when they were drunk.

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@Thanatos2k: The thing is, CS:Source server stats speak for themselves.lol

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I have a friend that used to only play online multiplayer when he was high. And he was damn good too. Not sure if the weed helped or not but it sure didn't hurt.

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This is an Onion article, right?

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@DrunkenPunk800: Yes

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How exactly do peds help you play video games? I'm just asking

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@oflow: Only thing that ever helped me with gaming was alcohol, and that's only cause I'm always nervous. It calms me down.

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@oflow: this^^ and what meds are they?

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Whoa this is gaming, not cycling, kids.

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You've been banned from eSports for using steroids. It's an unfair advantage........WTF?

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Adderall!

That's the kids stuff. Take some meth if you really wanna be pro.

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@saturatedbutter: "excuse me while I put my head into the screen to get a better look at the action" *smash*

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@normanislost: I envision that happening in a Family Guy episode.

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