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ESL denies that Friesen’s admission had forced their hand. “We were actually discussing drug testing internally for quite a while as something that would be inevitable,” writes Michal Blicharz, ESL’s vice president for pro gaming. “The context of this is that player salaries increased almost ten fold in the last 18 months, and the prize money almost quadrupled.” With monetary stakes so high, he says drug tests were inevitable.

Just like any other sport with a large fan base and high stakes, viewers and competitors are coming to expect eSports to enforce a code of fairness (just think about the uproar surrounding Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal). The ESL already has rules in place for cheating, which cover things like looking at another player’s screen or using a hack. Now, the same punishments will apply to those found caught doping—including banishment from the league, in some cases.

Friesen Friesen won’t be punished, as the event in question took place in March and the ESL can’t test to verify if he (or his teammates) were actually on drugs. But keep an eye out for the first casualties from the league’s new policy. Despite Friesen’s nonchalant admission of Adderall use—and Franzen’s outright accusations—that many pros are doping, Blicharz doesn’t think the problem is very widespread. But soon he’ll have the numbers to know for sure.

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