Yesterday, the Electronic Sports League posted an official Reddit announcement covering what players need to know about how they plan on dealing with substance abuse. They teamed up with NADA (Nationale Anti Doping Agentur) and WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) as an organization that wants to stand up against eSports practices that lack integrity.

According to the post ESL is officially prohibiting, “Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).” They did clarify that the legitimate medical use of a prohibited substance could be given exemption as long as you alert officials as soon as possible (Meaning don’t wait until after you’ve been caught) with proof. You can find more information here.

Saliva tests will be performed, essentially, randomly throughout tournament days, and will take place in a private testing area. If someone tests positive, their punishment may vary. Players could face something as harsh as a 2 year ban from ESL events, or could deal with a much lighter punishment such as having a reduction in prize money. Everyone will be dealt with on a case by case basis, and ESL stressed that they will keep a player’s privacy in mind at all times.


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