Drug Testing Is Coming to E-Sports – Ryan O’Hea

Over the past decade or so there has been a strong push to ban performance enhancing substance in major sports in the US, a few of the major leagues have made great progress in doing so. However, in recent years, with the development of new technology, namely electronic sports and video games, the use of performance enhancing drugs has spread. It’s hard to believe that there are world-wide tournaments for electronic sports that generate millions of dollars in revenue and prize money, but with the technologically driven world we live in, this is just another booming outlet for innovation. Since there has been such a great development in the electronic sports community and there are such large amounts of money at stake, it would behoove those involved to make sure their business is clean. With this though in mind, the e-sports community has adopted a drug testing program for all of its gamers. Unlike professional athletes, gamers to not typically abused anabolic steroids or human growth hormone, but rather prescription drugs such as Adderall. Drugs like these help players focus and give them the much wanted competitive edge. With the new development in drug test programming, we can now ensure that sports, yes albeit electronic, are kept clean and the integrity of the industry cannot be questioned.



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