Personally, I never thought performance enhancing drugs would be an issue in the competitive gaming world. Well, here we are with one prominent professional Counter-Strike player admitting to drug use on a large scale.
Speaking with YouTube channel LAUNDERS CSTRIKE, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Kory “Semphis” Friesen offered that “everybody” at eSports competitions is taking Adderall.
What’s Adderall? It’s the brand name for an amphetamine medication meant to treat things like ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy. Essentially, it increases focus and concentration while decreasing fatigue. Friesen suggests that it’s an eSports mainstay.
“I don’t even care…
…We were all on Adderall. I don’t even give a ****. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever.”
With players being this open about the use of drugs to compete well in events, it’s only a matter of time before some sort of testing and regulation kicks in. As the eSports scene continues to grow, it’s likely that sponsors and organizers won’t like being so closely tied to a performance enhancement drug culture.
Expect testing and fines or suspensions to occur down the line.