Concentration is essential...

    Concentration is essential…

    The headline sounds like a joke, but it’s a real thing, and coming very soon to the world of competitive video gaming. Drug Testing for E-Sports Athletes:

    ESL announces plans to test for PEDs

    As the popularity and money associated with e-sports has skyrocketed, the world’s largest gaming organization, the ESL, announced Thursday it would begin to explore a comprehensive drug testing program.

    “We’ve known for some time that performance-enhancing drugs could be a challenge that we’d eventually need to face,” James Lampkin, vice president of pro gaming for the league, told ESPN.com. “With the explosive growth of our events and industry, the stakes have gotten to a point where, just like traditional athletes, some have begun to look for that extra edge. With knowledge that there was likely active abuse of PEDs taking place, we immediately began serious discussions with top drug agencies for methods of prevention.”

    In order to ensure an even playing field, the ESL, which is headquartered in Germany, said it has partnered with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in its country to take the next steps and will also involve the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to help carry out its rules and penalties when a policy is formed.

    The proximate cause was an esport “athlete,” a pro gamer from the Counter Strike world, admitting that he and his team had used Adderall, and not because they’ve all got ADHD.

    This post could actually be out first “Caption This” for an article instead of a funny image. Anyone got any good jokes about Mt. Dew and Cheetos? How they’ll take your Red Bull mouse when they pry it from your cold, dead, fragged fingers? How when caffeine is outlawed, only outlaws will drink caffeine? Etc…

    Or am I making too much light of a serious issue affecting the competitive balance of the world’s fastest growing competitive sport?

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