The Electronic Sports League (ESL) wants to crack down on the use of recreational performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) used by its competitors at its events. Many of you might see this as a joke, but the ESL has one goal in mind and that is to legitimize eSports worldwide.
“The popularity and visibility of eSports has grown exponentially in recent years, but this combined with the increasing size of prize pools has also made the temptation of rule-breaking even greater. ESL has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding both the integrity of our competitions and that of eSports as a whole.”
It seems with the prize pools getting larger and eSports sponsorship’s being given out by large companies using PEDs to get a competitive edge is always a concern. Apparently Adderal abuse is widespread across global eSports tournaments and is said to be one of the scenes “badly kept secrets”.
The ESL will work with the German Nationale Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – which oversees anti-doping coordination and promoting anti-doping measures.
It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on eSports, but competitors better be ready to take a drug test before events.