During an interview on July, 12th, “Semphis” from Nihilum gaming admitted his team was using adderral during the ESL One tournaments.
“I don’t even care, we were all on adderall, I don’t even give a fuck. Like, It was pretty obvious, like, if you listen to the comms. Like, people can hate it or whatever.”
is what Friesen (Semphis) told the interviewer about the situation, the interviewer proceeded to ask him if everyone does adderall at ESL One and Semphis just simply said “Yeah”.
Now ESL says it’s updating it’s policies so they can more directly address any use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional gamers.
As we know, Friesen can’t truthfully speak on the behalf of the rest of the teams, if this information is true it does run contrary to section 2.6.4 of the ESL One Rulebook, which clearly states “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.” But something like this has never really been brought up before, and that’s all the rule book really has in regards to PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs).
ESL One has now come out and let everyone know, changes are coming.
“The integrity of our sport is and always will be our biggest concern,”
Is what the ESL Head of Communications Anna Rozwandowicz told Wired.
“When we first saw [Friesen’s comments], we focused immediately on kickstarting a policy-making process and adjusting the rules. We have worked on changes in our rules, reached out to authorities for support, and will be ready to announce our next steps in a couple of days.”
For now Friesen’s case seems to be in the clear, nothing has been mentioned about any type of punishment following the comments, and really the rules currently don’t set out a specific punishment for these infractions. Rozwandowicz mentioned no ones ever been caught doping before, or addmited to doping before now. Furthermore she pointed out there is no proof Friesen isn’t just trying cause grief for Cloud9, who cut him loose “due to his and [the] team’s poor performance.”
“We’re taking the steps to level with traditional sports, and it’s going to take a while before any esports organization will administer regular drugs tests. We hope to speed this process up by proactively seeking advice from authorities and starting small,”
“Full blown drug tests at esports events are far away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t try to tackle the issue.”
In the near future are these professional gamers going to be drug tested before tournaments, and if so how are they really going to regulate the use of something like Adderral, which can easily be prescribed by a doctor. How will they distinguish who is taking the drug just to perform better in the game, and who is taking it to make it through their everyday functions. It seems to ban it completely would be unfair to those who are prescribed and taking it on a regularly basis, but how else would you implement rules against it?
It appears eSports is having some growing pains as the community starts to become even larger than ever before, and these tournaments are moving to a whole different level. What are your thoughts on the subject, should they start drug testing and banning these type of drugs from tournaments?
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