Gamer juicing: biggest e-sports organization is now testing for Adderall
The Electronic Sports League (ESL), the world's biggest e-sports organization, will ban the use of Adderall by e-sports players during competitions.
Adderall, which is typically prescribed to treat narcolepsy and ADD, also makes users more alert and improves reaction times. ESL will start drug testing its players to ensure a fair game.
The decision to crack down on Adderall use comes in the wake of a high-ranked Counter-Strike: GO player admitting to using Adderall. The player, Kory Friesen, also said that use of the drug was widespread among players, and, referring to his teammates, said "we were all on Adderall."
facts about e-sports:
The biggest e-sports tournament, The International, will begin August 3rd with a record-breaking prize pool of $17.2 million.
In 2013, it was estimated that approximately 71,500,000 people worldwide watched competitive gaming.
E-sports organization Major League Gaming has reported viewership that is approximately 85% male and 15% female, with 60% of viewers between the ages of 18 and 34.
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