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eSports league ESL bans pro gamers from smoking weed before games

ESL bans the use of marijuana from pro gamers during competitions

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 13, 2015 10:13 pm CDT (1 min, 2 secs reading time)

While eSports is being recognized by some high schools and pushed into their curriculum, eSports giant ESL has announced that it has banned the use of marijuana during competitions after it ushered in new anti-doping policies.


ESL said last month that it would be introducing the policy, promising that it would be "fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players". ESL's Head of Communications, Anna Rozwandowicz, said that ESL will be matching the list of prohibited substances that German agency Nationale Anti-Doping Agentur (Nada) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) have.

Rozwandowicz added: "Upon further investigation and consultation with the authorities, we came to the conclusion that saliva tests are better fit. Tests will be performed at our discretion at any time during tournament days, and will take place in a designated testing area. Naturally, players' privacy comes first". The new laws are coming into effect after the use of Adderall was found by pro-gamer Kory "SEMPHIS' Friesen, where Friesen freely admitted to using the drug during a competition.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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