The ESL – Electronic Sports League – has recently adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of ban substances for athletic competitions. This major change in policy was announced via a Reddit post on the sub-reddit for the popular FPS game Counter Strike: Global Offensive, commonly known as CS: GO.
The ESL states “Our main goal is and always will be to maintain the fair play spirit and the integrity of our competitions,and we’re confident that the anti-doping policy is an important improvement that will help us advance as a sport. It is a small, but in our eyes essential and meaningful step forward for professional gamers across all games, ESL as an event organizer, and the esports industry as a whole.”
This all stemmed from remarks made by pro player – Kory “Semphis” Friesen – comments about the use of the drug Adderall in competitions. Stating in a video interview “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.”
This sparked the ESL to first announce a policy to ban the use of Adderall unless you have medical approval for use. Adderall is normally used for ADHD. When a person without ADHD uses it, it can provide the player with extreme amount of focus, and ability to block out outside distractions that other players may have to consciously ignore.
The new policy adopted by the ESL, bans all hard drugs, and even some drugs like marijuana that may be legal in the countries some players come from. Marijuana is only banned from use on the days of competition. Use outside those days is premitted. Adderall is also permitted with medical documentation.
Breaking this drug policy may result in a penalty of money won during competitions, wins taken away from teams, and even an outright ban from the ESL itself. So, what do you think of this new policy? Let me know in the comments!