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    E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the first such organisation to implement this policy.
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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    People are doping for video games?
    wuht?

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    This is a smart move and one that needed to happen
    The more one seeks, the more one finds and so you realise there is a lot more to be found.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Quote Originally Posted by krazy_olie View Post
    People are doping for video games?
    wuht?
    Quote Originally Posted by The Article (emphasis added)
    There was a $250,000 prize pot for pro gamers to win at the ESL One Katowice
    People are doping for a quarter-million prize pot. The nature of the contest is almost irrelevant at that point - you offer a large enough prize and people will find ways to gain a "competitive advantage"...

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    It seems ridiculous at first, but scaryjim is bang on the money. And to be taken seriously, the playing field has *got* to be level.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    funny how Semphis used these performance enhancers, and yet his teams, and him in particular have been the butt of many jokes for some time for being very mediocre CS players.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Would that only be illegal/questionable medication-like substances, or would it extend to things like energy drinks?

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Surely, it'll just mean people get prescriptions instead.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Would that only be illegal/questionable medication-like substances, or would it extend to things like energy drinks?
    Probably, these guys would almost certainly pass out on their keyboards if they couldn't caffeine and sugar up. I imagine it's just amphetamines and other such medical grade stimulants that they're after.
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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Probably, these guys would almost certainly pass out on their keyboards if they couldn't caffeine and sugar up. I imagine it's just amphetamines and other such medical grade stimulants that they're after.
    From what i read it's the opposite of stimulants, IIRC one CS player admitted his team takes a drug intended for ADHD suffers to help them keep calm and and level headed in the heat of competition.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    From what i read it's the opposite of stimulants, IIRC one CS player admitted his team takes a drug intended for ADHD suffers to help them keep calm and and level headed in the heat of competition.
    Actually, that's what they treat ADHD sufferers with. As counter-intuitive as it seems.
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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    My mistake, I just assumed when i read Pro Counter-Strike Player: "We were all on Adderall" and saw the words ADHD I just assumed the last thing you would give someone whose hyper would be a stimulant, you learn something new everyday.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    I wonder if this would bar legitimate ADHD sufferers. It'd be sad for them if they couldn't compete professionally on the basis of a mental disability.
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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    I wonder if this would bar legitimate ADHD sufferers. It'd be sad for them if they couldn't compete professionally on the basis of a mental disability.
    Might be worth looking at analogous examples in more physical sports.

    For instance, oscar pistorius (lets forget the off track activities for now) was allowed to compete with his blades in the fully able bodied olympics after years of testing, and standardising the length, the bounce, etc.

    There was a huge amount of checking to make sure those blades offered no advantage to him. (The olympics have stricter regulation over the blades than the paralympics do, which led to this: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/201...ius-angry-loss )

    There may need to be a similar amount of work on adderall if its banned even from TUE usage. The problem is analysing mental/cognitive performance is possibly tougher than looking at physical performance.

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    Re: E-Sports tournament organisers to begin random drug testing

    gosh next someone will suggest there have been doping issues in professional (non E) sports

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