ESL introduces doping control
A couple of days ago community was agitated with the announcement made by the largest eSports league. ESL Head of Public Relations Anna Rozwandowicz stated that the League will cooperate with antidoping organizations NADA and WADA. The goal is very simple to lead eSports to the new level of professionalism.
Concerns about the professional level of esportsmen is grounded. About a month ago the scandal around Cloud9 taking drugs was discussed on all the websources on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. One of the former cloud players SEMPHIS said that he used Adderall along with his teammates at one of ESL tournaments. The medication containing amphetamine is psychostimulant, used for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. A person can remain focused for a long time. The use of such medications give advantage in video games and should be prevented in professional eSports.
The doping tests (for the substances prohibited by NADA and WADA) will be introduced at ESL One Cologne 2015 to be held 20-23 August and will be made at all the ESL events ever since. The substances include: synthetic powder, heroin, cocaine, methadone, mphetamine, methamphetamine, painkillers and antidepressants. Read the full list on WADA's officia website.
If you have more questions about the matter, read the FAQ, provided by Anna Rozwandowicz at reddit.
How will ESL be testing?
While choosing the kind of test we want to use, we had to consider a couple of important factors. How invasive the method of testing is, and how reliable will the results be, and how quickly will we get them? We initially announced we will be working with skin tests, but upon further investigation and consultation with the authorities, we came to the conclusion that saliva tests are better fit. Tests will be performed at our discretion at any time during tournament days, and will take place in a designated testing area. Naturally, player’s privacy comes first.
Will everyone be tested?
ESL One Cologne will only see randomized tests, however we don’t want to exclude the possibility of performing a larger number of tests among all/majority of players at a later stage. Should the testing policy and method change, we will inform the players accordingly.
What if a player has a legitimate prescription for medication (such as Adderall) containing one or more of the banned substances?
In this case, they have to disclose this to us as soon as possible, but no later than the first match is scheduled to start. They will be required to provide proof (a letter from a physician, for example) that they need this specific medication.
Is ESL prohibiting the usage of marijuana?
During the competition, we are. Marijuana is on the list of prohibited substances for during the competition. This means that recreational use of it outside (before) the event days will not be punished. Using it during the tournament - from the start of the first day until the end of the last day of competition - is strictly prohibited.
What happens if a player tests positive?
The punishments range from getting prize money/tournament points deducted, to disqualification and up to a two year ban from ESL events. We will look at each case separately and once again ensure player’s full privacy.
For more data on the drug use in eSports please read our article on the subject. Author— Eric Tstli.
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Eloveana 15 August 2015, 17:30 3693 0