Mind Sports South Africa has announced it will enforce mandatory testing for its 2017 National Team Trials. MSSA shall have mandatory drug testing at its National Team Trials as South Africa, being a full member of IeSF through MSSA, does not want to be caught-out or having any athlete fall foul of such testing at IeSF’s World Championships.
Mind Sports South Africa said players who qualify for such Trials are requested to familiarize themselves with the WADA criteria. It also remarked those under medication, are requested to comply with the rules in regard to obtaining a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
The International eSports Federation (IeSF) remarked in July 2015 that the use of substances such as Adderall is ‘definitely’ a problem in the field. The IeSF also outlined its plans to address the problem in its tournaments.
IeSF’s General Secretary, Alex Lim, had remarked doping is definitely a problem in eSports, as any other existing sport. Lim also commented that activities and performances can all be explained within the range of physiology, and as using the physiological approach, eSports must be directly influenced by any doping activity in terms of performance.
Lim also remarked that IeSF since 2013 has been recognized as the official signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency. In recent years, the International eSports Federation has worked vigorously to establish eSports as a recognized sport alongside more conventional codes and has thus partnered with the Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) and IAAF, the world governing body of athletics, in recent years.
IeSF has also developed its own anti-doping regulations and conducted doping tests in line with the WADA Code and guidelines. Since 2013, many gamers were surprised when ‘requested’ to participate in the random testing procedure.