Pro league will start drug testing gamers


– Charlie Braithwaite

It’s finally happened, e-sports has reached a point that it is indistinguishable from regular sports. How you ask? Drug testing and pro athletes popping pills. We’re up there with the AFL now!



Since it came to light that a bunch of Counter Strike pros have been taking Adderall to get jacked up during competitions, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) have announced they will start to drug test the pros during their competitions.

Adderall is a prescription drug used to treat ADHD, which if you don’t have will make you focus more and generally feel pretty psyched (full disclaimer, I tried it once when I was at uni and boy did I study hard for that essay on romantic poetry).

As the ESL’s rule state, drug use is totally not okay with them: “To play a match, be it online or offline, under the influence of any drugs, alcohol, or other performance enhancers is strictly prohibited, and may be punished with exclusion from the ESL One.”

So, bad news for drug addicts, good news for fair competition. I vote that caught offenders get flash-banged in real life prior to playing rather than banned.

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