Electronic Sports League has been promising to take measures against drug usage in its tournaments. The issues have persisted for some time, but Thursday they finally came out with the steps they plan to take to battle the issue.

The aim, of course, is “safeguarding the integrity” of ESL tournaments and its players, making an even playing field for everyone involved. And so to ensure these factors, ESL has partnered with the Germany-based National Anti-Doping Agentur (NADA) to determine a policy that is “fair, feasible, and respects the privacy of players whilst simultaneously providing conclusive testing results.”

All of this comes in the wake of Kory “Semphis” Friesen, the professional Counter-Strike player openly admitting that he and his teammates of Cloud9 have used Adderall during recent tournaments. However, despite this admittance, Cloud9 will not be punished in any way.

Drug testing in traditional sports is already customary, so with the rise in eSports popularity, it’s not surprising that the same rules regarding cheating would eventually apply. “The growing visibility and popularity of eSports, as well as increasing prize pools, make it not only more tempting for teams and players to break the rules, but also more damaging to our sport as a whole when they do,” the ESL said in a statement today.

ESL also stated that it has plans to meet with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to “actively involve them in the making, enforcing, and further internationalizing of this policy to regions like the US, Asia, and Australia.”

“The goal of this program is to ensure players are provided with information and structural support to help them manage the physical and emotional pressure that the highest level of competitive gaming puts on many of them,” the ESL said.

In the meantime, the ESL plans to administer random drug tests to the participants of the upcoming ESL One Cologne tournament taking place in August, and to continue with these random drug tests at all major tournaments herein.

What substances specifically the ESL will be banning hasn’t been stated, nor has it been stated what kinds of disciplinary measures people caught using such banned substances will be subjected to. However this information will be provided soon.

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