10 Gaming Industry Secrets You Didn't Know

8. Performance-Enhancing Drugs Are EVERYWHERE In ESports

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While it's no secret that performance-enhancing drugs have been a major issue in more conventionally physical sports, only in recent years has it been revealed that the world of Esports is also rife with use of questionable substances.

In particular, drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse - which can heighten concentration, improve reaction times, and prevent fatigue - are in widespread use throughout gaming competitions, with few gaming leagues outright banning or testing for them.

Given that last year's Dota 2 prize pool crossed the $30 million mark, it's little surprise that players are turning to extra-curricular means to boost their chances at a share of the pot.

Recent reports suggest PED abuse is consistent across popular competitive video games, and given that they're extremely easy for young people to obtain while also being highly addictive, it's clear that more needs to be done to regulate the industry and keep players safe.


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