Gamers face dop­ing tests

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

It has al­ways been re­stricted to pro­fes­sional ath­letes, but now pro­fes­sional video gamers are set to un­dergo ran­dom drug tests.

The Daily Mail re­ports that a lead­ing pro­fes­sional gamer, Kory Friesen, ad­mit­ted to tak­ing a per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stance called Ad­der­all at an Elec­tronic Sports League (ESL) com­pe­ti­tion in Poland.

Ger­man-based e-Sport or­gan­i­sa­tion ESL is now de­ter­mined to in­tro­duce a com­pre­hen­sive drugs pro­gramme to stamp out cheat­ing in the sport.

The pa­per said Friesen had ad­mit­ted to us­ing the drug af­ter win­ning R3.1 mil­lion at the com­pe­ti­tion in March, where he played the Counter-Strike: Global Of­fen­sive game.

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