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ESL will conduct random drug tests at tournaments, starting with ESL One Cologne

ESL drug tests

Since ex-Cloud nine team member Kory Friesen admitted to taking Adderall before competing in ESL One Katowice, ESL has been working on changes to its drug policy and considering ways to stop the use of performing enhancing drugs in e-sports tournaments. 

Today, ESL announced that it is working with the Nationale Anti Doping Agentur (NADA) in Germany in an effort to research an anti-drug policy and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), which will be involved in enforcing and making the new policy.

A prevention program is also to be set up and sent to players.

“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,” reads the press release from ESL.

At ESL One Cologne, which takes place next month, ESL will be carrying out the first randomised drug tests in the tournament circuit. These drug tests will also take place in every event in the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL ESEA Pro League tournaments.