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New Wave of Esports Brings Drug Concerns

Esports are the biggest craze in competitiveness nowadays. While mainstream sports like football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and hockey remain big, esports are the next big thing. While much of the esports industry is centered around three big games, League of Legends, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO), there are games on the horizon that might prove to be just as big. But now that there are so many esports gaining popularity, the risks of drug use in the young participants has become a worry.

The first worry is doping by using drugs such as Adderall in an attempt to boost performance. Adderall helps people focus while they are in-game, and there has even been a case where someone from the organization Cloud9 admitted his team used Adderall just a few years ago. While there is no link between esports performance and Adderall, the idea that they’re abusing drugs to try and perform better is somewhat scary.

On top of this, the esports life brings about a few different complications. To survive in the esports scene, overworking is often the only way to stay at the top of the game. Professionals often practice 12 hours every day to stay at the top of their game. This can lead to carpal tunnel and a necessary use of painkillers. But it can also lead to these people trying to find ways to relieve stress. As is American tradition – turning to drugs or alcohol is common. The scariest thing is that many of these competitors are under the age of 21, so it’s actually illegal for them to use nearly anything.

Just like traditional sports, esports is likely going to bring young people into stressful positions that include financial and fan distress. Expecting them to handle it like reasonable adults is hard to expect since many are so young. While it hasn’t become a problem yet, drug and alcohol abuse could be a potential problem in esports in the near future.