Tougher rules in relation to taking performance enhancing drugs at eSports tournaments are to be introduced after stories of Adderall misuse hit the headlines earlier his month. For those of you unaware, Adderall is a drug popular among students and professional gamers a like, for its focus boosting properties. Just last week, a professional Counter-Global Offensive player admitted to being on the drug, along with his teammates, during a recent ESL (Electronic Sports League) tournament.
The story quickly became widespread across the Internet, you can read it here, generating mixed opinions from across the world of online gaming. The general consensus however, was that more should be being done to ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen, as not only is the drug Adderall not designed for this purpose (being primarily for people with ADHD), but it also provides an unfair advantage when used for online gaming. Company Head of Communications Anna Rozwandowicz told Eurogamer:
“We’ve known for some time that performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) would be a challenge we would need to face eventually as the professionalism and stakes increased across the board in eSports. PEDs are a topic we are discussion at an organisational level and will be one that we need to address industry wide going foward to maintain the integrity of our sport.”
However, it was also stated that such regulation would take time, as official policy, drug-testing and an appeals process would all have to be introduced. ESL added that they would have to look at approaching other organisations in the hope of creating an overall governing body.
Major League Gaming (MLG) also admitted having never screen their participants for drugs despite having several policies in regards to drug taking, covering everything from illegal drug use, to the misuse of over the counter prescription drugs and PEDs.
However it does seem that the story from last week has caused a bit of upset within eSports putting a lot of pressure on the organisations to do something about it. “The integrity of our sport is and always will be our biggest concern. When we first saw Friesen’s comments, we focused immediately on kickstarting a policy-making process and adjusting the rules.” Rozwandowicz said. “We have worked on changes, reached out to authorities for support, and will be ready to announce our next steps in a couple of days. When that comes out, you can treat that as our full statement on the issues.”
Frisen has since been reached out to for comment but has remained quiet on the matter. Along with his former team.