Ahead of the world champs in Romania next month, the International eSports Federation (IeSF) has confirmed that, as part of the their ongoing association with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), all winners and other randomly selected players at the event will be tested for banned substances.
The list of no-no stuff includes stimulants, narcotics, cannabinoids, and glucocorticosteroids. THERE GO MY WEEKEND PLANS. Not really, though, because I wasn’t competing anyway.
Honestly, I’m wondering if this is even necessary in eSports – a category of sports that isn’t even sports by most definitions of the word. I suppose I get why stimulants are prohibited, except it’s not all stimulants – caffeine isn’t on the list, for example. But weed? If anything, that’s only going to make a person play even worse. I know because I’ve read about it on the internet.
I’m not much invested either way in the whole “is it sports or isn’t it sports” argument, but this does look a bit like us-too posturing especially given the repeated use of the cringingly awful term “cyber-athletes” in the press release.