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After Doping Admission, E-Sports League Plans Random Drug Tests

A major e-sports tournament is planning to submit pro players of games like "Counter-Strike" and "League of Legends" to random drug testing.

A major e-sports league is planning to submit pro players of games like "Counter-Strike" and "League of Legends" to random drug testing. The move comes on the heels of a pro player's admission of drug use, in an interview last week on a Counter-Strike YouTube channel.

"We were all on Adderall," said Cory Friesen, who goes by the handle Semphis. "It was pretty obvious if you listen to the comms [voice communications]."

"Everyone does Adderall at [Counter-Strike tournament] ESEA LAN right?" asked the interviewer.

"Yeah," replied Friesen.

A StarCraft 2 player may make 10 or more actions every second, necessitating great focus.ESL

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Adderall is a prescription amphetamine used to treat disorders like ADHD, but is also habit-forming and is often abused as a study or focus aid. It's banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in other sports — and the Electronic Sports League, a major organizer of competitive events worldwide, will now be taking steps to ensure it is not in use at their events, either.

The threat of doping in e-sports isn't new, either: Last year, a prominent pro gamer spoke out on the topic, saying players would often take several drugs before starting a match. These aren't just friendly competitive games, either. With millions of dollars in prizes and sponsorships on the line, these events are major professional opportunities for teams and players.

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The first drug tests will be performed at a tournament in Cologne, Germany, next month, and testing will continue at other major ESL events going forward.