Doping in eSports is Somehow Now a Problem

By Gary Cutlack on at

A pro gamer competing in the big cash winning leagues has admitted to playing while on the mental stimulant Adderall, also claiming that "everyone" uses it for getting a bit of an edge when reacting to virtual sniper fire.

The comments were made by Kory Friesen, a former member of the Cloud9 gaming team. Friesen said of an event:"I don't even care. We were all on Adderall. I don't even give a f**k. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever."

That broken, barely comprehensible youth speak seems to suggest that lots of pro gamers take stimulants to boost their performances, with Adderall -- a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the US -- known to help focus attention. It's a mild form of amphetamines, so it's not surprising it's winning popularity among this new generation of desk-bound athletes.

When asked if players in the Electronic Sports League routinely used Adderall, Friesen said they did and seemed relaxed enough about it to make it seem he was admitting to taking toilet breaks or something equally innocuous. The ESL rulebook says that use of stimulants is "strictly prohibited" although there's no testing in place so... who's going to know? [Wired]