Top CS:GO player says eSports has a doping problem

Is there a PED problem in eSports?

Published Sat, Jul 18 2015 4:20 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:05 PM CST

Hearing of professional athletes taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to get an edge on the competition isn't a shock anymore. However, you may be a bit more surprised to hear about PED use among eSports competitors.

Top CS:GO player says eSports has a doping problem | TweakTown.com

Kory Friesen (a.k.a SEMPHIS), a former Cloud9 team member and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player, recently said the entire team used Adderall. Friesen made his comments after discussing in-game communication between Cloud9 teammates (via Mohan "Launders" Govindasamy):

"The ESL comms were kind of funny in my opinion. I don't even care. We were all on Adderall. I don't even give a f**k. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever."

When asked about the prevalence of Adderall usage, Frisen said "everyone does Adderall" and "you can hear it in the comms right? That's what was so funny to me. Like 'shit comms, so hectic.' So yeah that might clear up some of the questions of why it was like that."

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