The drug Adderall, originally designed to treat ADHD, is considered concentration enhancer and is the first choice when using doping substances E-athletes.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lives than any other game of the drama away from an ordinary match. In ten specials we present the most memorable scandals. We focus on the recent past, which has particularly affected the current scene of Counter-Strike.
After the scandal in 2014 which Part 6, 2015, which produces no less Aufreger. Part 5 of the boost gate scandal can be found here, the overview of all the previously published specials we have linked at the end of the article.
The influence of drugs?
2015 followed the next professional scandal, but did not reach the same controversy as the previous headlines. For ages circulated reports and rumors that E-sports is also just like dope athletes classic sports. Use medications that affect the concentration and reflexes - for example, Ritalin or Adderall amphetamine salts. Which are actually only available on prescription and the treatment of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, ADHD briefly thought. However, the control of substances, particularly in the US is more lax.
Curtain up for Kory »Semphis" Friesen Cloud9. The American player gave an interview in which he also answered the question of why the communication between players during the tournament ESL One Katowice 2015 looked so funny in summer, 2015.
The Launders interview
The answer: He and his teammates were high. And thanks to Adderall. The interview with journalist Mohan "Launders" Govindasamy be found below, the relevant portion starts at the time mark 7:48.
Immediately the daily press rushed to the case, although not much could do something with e-sports, but with a theme such as doping. Newspapers like The Time, New York Times and the BBC reported, although the latter did not even have a picture of Counter-Strike at hand.
The ESL banished all unfair means such as alcohol, drugs and medicines from their events afterwards. In addition, one would want to test players in the future, a cooperation with the German NADA (National Anti Doping Agency) was announced.
The message in July 2015: ESL plans doping tests after confession
A Shitstorm in the community did not exist, however. A maximum of one discussion about drug abuse and doping in e-sports. Several reasons may have played together. Since the end of 2014, the CS was: GO community, for example, self-absorbed. Cheats, exploits, Valve's update policy, betting fraud - the players and spectators were now tired. So now came to doping, but the next self-destruction, no one wanted to rouse comfortable.
Also, each local opinion of the doping concept may have purely played. In North America, the abuse of Ritalin and Adderall is already a big issue with students who learn for tests. In this respect there was no great outcry overseas. In Europe, the abuse of prescription drugs is, however, significantly lower, though not completely ignored topic. The discussion thus lost his way in both regions, but for different reasons.
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The ESL acted in turn for their reactionary approach directly criticism. For example, the well-known commentator Matthew "Sadokist" Trivet interfered in the formulation of the ban, feeds the medication a stop. He need Adderall to work at all normal, an abuse is probably not take place. At the end there was the 30-page rule book the ESL no list of prohibited substances or evidence of an exception, only "drugs, alcohol and performance-enhancing substances" were banned. Clarity on the procedure managed only a Reddit entry.
A good outline of the subject drug abuse, increased performance of Adderall to caffeine and the history of e-sports doping as always provides the analyst and YouTuber Thorin.
Are there any drug tests?
Today, the debate is almost completely gone. Most viewers probably could not even say with certainty whether players nowadays have to actually furnish samples in tournaments. The answer: The last World Cup tournament Eleague Major 2017 mentioned substances of any kind with any word in the rule book. Who wants to be disqualified, must bring cheats already.
Semphis way, had not yielded good performance in the summer of 2015 and in Katowice and was eventually kicked out of Cloud9. Semphis stated that although was better by Adderall his skills to the rifle, but decreased its qualities in making tactical decisions. That the other Cloud9 player drugged could not retrieve inhumane services such as cheaters, probably caused also that the issue largely disappeared quickly with no hassle. Match bans or ban by Valve was out of the question today Semphis plays for Splyce.
A nice detail of the story: Semphis successor at Cloud9 was none other than Skadoodle who needed a new team after the iBuyPower betting scandal. we told in the third part of the series of articles his story. To date, he is - without further controversy - the sniper Cloud9.
This was the sixth part of our series "Scandals and controversies Counter-Strike". In the seventh special we look to the year 2016. After a rampage in Munich ProSieben declares to want to bother its viewers no Counter-Strike more.
To overview: Ten scandals from the Counter-Strike history
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Tournament-trailer: That was the Eleague Major 2017