Anti-Doping Programs in eSports
On January 4, 2024, Leonid Shmatenko published a fascinating article called “The Imperative Of Anti-Doping Programs in eSports“. Given the incredible growth of eSports, he discusses that now is the time to consider the need for anti-doping measures to protect athletes. In the first paragraph, Mr. Shmatenko writes:
The phenomenal growth of eSports, transitioning from a fringe hobby to a major sporting event, has not gone unnoticed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA’s Vice President Yang Yang has emphasized the parallels between eSports athletes and their counterparts in traditional sports, highlighting their rigorous training schedules and the competitive nature of their events. However, the digital arena of eSports presents unique challenges in the context of doping, a concern traditionally associated with physical sports.
I encourage anyone involved in eSports to read this article.