LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – It may not be on par with Major League Baseball’s Steroid Era or the Tour de France’s doping scandal, but video game leagues are facing their own battle against performance enhancing drugs.
Last week, a professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive player admitted he and his teammates had used Adderall during a tournament organized by ESL, an electronic sports league, reports IGN.
Adderall is usually used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But the drug was allegedly used to increase focus and reaction time during the $250,000 tournament.
Now ESL One says it will start random drug testing for players, starting at the huge ESL One Cologne event in Germany.
“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,” ESL said in a statement. “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 e-sports industry as a whole.”
If a player has been prescribed medicine that is on the list of banned substances, he or she must show a note from the doctor explaining why it is needed.
The league will also ban marijuana use during tournaments.
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