Philip ‘ImperialHal’ Dosen, a professional player for Apex Legends, urges esports organizers to take a stand to create a more “competitive environment” and has advised the “banning” of the drug Adderall in the industry.
Over the past ten years, there has been a meteoric rise in the fame of esports, with titles such as League of Legends, CS:GO, and DOTA 2 garnering a growing number of spectators. The prize pools and stakes in esports contests have risen as the industry has matured, and now there are routinely held events that pit teams against each other for prize pools in the six figures.
This shows that some athletes are willing to do anything to win, even taking performance-enhancing drugs like Adderall during competitions in which they participate. The professional player of Apex Legends, known as ImperialHal, has suggested that event organizers ought to do more to prevent the use of Adderall since it compromises the fairness of competition.
ImperialHal advocates for the “banning” of Adderall in competitive online gaming.
ImperialHal let his audience know how widespread the use of Adderal is in the Apex Legends esports community during a stream that took place at the beginning of February. Several people in the community were taken aback by this news because they were unaware that the substance was routinely utilized as a performance enhancer.
The TSM pro has now gone one step further, demanding for the substance to be “prohibited in esports.” At this point, some professionals are competing for “6-figure prize pools,” therefore, the TSM pro wants to see the drug “banned in esports.” He said the event’s organizers “need to take the initiative and create a more competitive environment.”
Adderall is a medication used to manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and can be obtained with a prescription from a medical practitioner.
Because of this, it can be challenging to determine who indeed requires the medicine and who is just trying to gain an unfair advantage through its use. Hal believes that the drug in question is a “mental enhancer,” which is analogous to the use of “steroids” in physical sports and should not be permitted in competitions.
It is unknown at this time whether Hal’s public confession about his use of Adderal would result in any change or prompt event organizers to start drug-testing players.
Rules that entirely ban the substance will be complicated to execute because the drug can be prescribed to some people and is necessary for them to function. In the past, other tournament organizers, such as ESL and ESIC in CS:GO have taken action to reduce the number of players who utilize Adderal.