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Electronic Sports League gets its own drug testing policy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Aug 2015 19:31 User comments (8)

Electronic Sports League gets its own drug testing policy The Electronic Sports League has implemented a drug testing policy, killing off hard drugs and "performance enhancing" drugs for the e-sports players.
ESL has worked with the World Anti-Doping Agency to create the policy, which will include saliva tests.

"Tests will be performed at our discretion at any time during tournament days, and will take place in a designated testing area," the league said on Reddit. "Naturally, player's privacy comes first."

Notably added to the list is Adderall, the attention deficit disorder drug that can enhance reaction times and focus significantly, especially if used by someone who does not have it prescribed. Of course, valid prescriptions are still allowed but voluntary notification by the players must be made to the ESL including a physician's note. Marijuana is also banned on competition days, but is fine for recreation (if it is legal in your state or country to do so).

Each penalty for breaking the rules will be made on a per-case basis and can "range from getting prize money / tournament points deducted, to disqualification and up to a two year ban from ESL events."

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8 user comments

115.8.2015 19:47

L O L ! ! !

215.8.2015 21:17

Any and all performance enhancing drugs should be allowed in all competitive sports.

315.8.2015 21:44

They're playing VIDEO GAMES for Christ's sake....

417.8.2015 9:44

Originally posted by ivymike:
They're playing VIDEO GAMES for Christ's sake....
Is there real money up for grabs?

"Marijuana is also banned..." really? LOL

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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517.8.2015 18:52

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by ivymike:
They're playing VIDEO GAMES for Christ's sake....
Is there real money up for grabs?

"Marijuana is also banned..." really? LOL

Yes. And speed of any sort IS a significant advantage in video games. Although, I agree marijuana ehnhances nothing but your enjoyment of any game ^^' ...

617.8.2015 19:12

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by ivymike:
They're playing VIDEO GAMES for Christ's sake....
Is there real money up for grabs?

"Marijuana is also banned..." really? LOL

Yes. And speed of any sort IS a significant advantage in video games. Although, I agree marijuana ehnhances nothing but your enjoyment of any game ^^' ...
What about Energy Drinks???

717.8.2015 19:36

That depends on the sport and its controlling organization(s). Many sports organizations, for example, ban MANY perfectly legal substances, such as those found in energy drinks and many cold/flu remedies.

From the article, it doesn't seem like energy drinks are likely to be banned, but that also makes sense; most, if not all people can easily avail themselves legally of a Red Bull - or even just a coffee or tea - if they care to do so. Not so, for Adderall and similar high-grade, clinical speed.

I personally don't care in the slightest WHAT funny alkaloids anyone consumes, as long as it doesn't cause problems for others. But substances that boost performance in some way that simply are not available to a large number of competitors (barring medical necessity) simply should not be allowed, legal or not.

819.8.2015 14:37

Redbull etc. would probably sponsor some of these events. :)


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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