Friday, July 31, 2015

Look! eSports Is Legit Now!

Did you know that eSports is creating an anti-drug policy? Yeah. I didn't either.

While looking up information regarding the DOTA 2 Tournament taking place this weekend, with over $15 million in prizes being awarded, I was linked to another article where many large eSports groups are going to start implementing the anti-drug rules as soon as they are developed. The ESL, one of the largest, will now work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) based in Germany to create a fair policy to curb the use of performance enhancing drugs. This all began after an eSports player admitted to using drugs to help his game play, after a tournament.

"The growing visibility and popularity of eSports, as well as increasing prize pools make it not only more tempting for teams and players to break the rules, but also more damaging to our sport as a whole when they do." -ESL Press Release

The ESL will begin testing players before a tournament in Germany next month, and eventually they'll move testing to be at every event including Master League games.

So what kind of drugs are we talking about? Unlike football or baseball, gamers don't need steroids. But drugs like Adderall, which are used to treat ADHD and ADD. They help calm nerves and allow your brain to focus without outside stimulates distracting you. Which, in a video game, can be very helpful.

The ESL's goal with the program is to institute a world-wide system that would be fair to everyone and curb bad behavior. The reaction from gamers hasn't really risen to a point of note-worthy. I think we all realized that it was going to happen eventually.

There you go sports fans. eSports is becoming so big, that we now have to have drug rules, just like every other sport out there. Suck it!

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