When India is becoming a hotspot for the gaming industry, Esports is gaining steady momentum. Experts believe that there will be a time where physical sports and Esports will be considered at par. This also calls for anti-doping laws for Esports. ESL is the only premiere tournament operator which spends $40,000 a year for drug tests on professional players. It is likely that India will establish anti-doping laws designed for esports.
Kory Friesen, a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player had admitted that his entire team of Cloud9 had taken psychostimulant Adderall during a major Electronic Sports League. This drug helps to improve the reaction and cognition of a player.
It is also considered to boost strength and is taken by active athletes. Adderall and Ritalin come under the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) type of drug. But the anti-doping law which is adhered to by Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) does not make it mandatory for professional players to undergo regular tests like athletes.
Delhi resident Simar Sethi,21 aka PSY a professional CS:GO player and former in-game leader of Entity Gaming, said, "Such cases have been reported abroad. Indian players are at a very naive stage to indulge in such activities. Moreover, I personally know almost all Indian professional CS:GO players and I am sure that none of them indulge in doping. Our country is growing at a fast pace for professional esports. India is ready to host more international tournaments. Anti-doping laws are important and if it gets established it will be a positive step for Indian esports."
Akshat Rathee, founder and Managing Director of NODWIN Gaming revealed that he has not encountered any doping-related offenses to date. He said, "NODWIN Gaming is an active member of the Esports Integrity Commission. We are in compliance with ESIC's Anti-doping Code.
The code specifies a long list of offenses and the procedures of investigating to be followed by a strict disciplinary action which we will have to follow if we come across any such cases. Esports players are accused of doping to particularly stay calm and focused in high-pressure situations. The drug helps to improve cognition, it completely takes out fatigue, and enhances the users' reactions."