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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 from Aug 13, 2015 @ 22:13 CDT

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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