Killa, a well known Call of Duty competitor, spoke about the usage of Adderall in esports, and how often it is abused during competitions.
Adam “Killa” Sloss, a well-known Call of Duty competitor, spoke to The Washington Post about the usage of Adderall in esports, and how often it is abused during competitions. Adderall is often prescribed by doctors to help treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It’s a known secret that students take it to pull all-nighters for cramming sessions, but in recent years, it has become the drug for esports competitors.
Compared to a performance enhancer, Adderall is being abused by esports players to help sharpen their response times and boost concentration. It has become such a well known crutch, that some esports leagues have started testing for the substance. However, the Call of Duty League has yet to come down on abusers.
“Nobody talks about it because everyone is on it,” Killa said. The former Call of Duty World Champion was asked if Adderall abuse was something he had experienced first-hand. “Witnessed? Yeah, very frequently and a lot to be honest. It’s a major problem.”
Killa, best known for his role in Fariko Impact’s championship roster, stepped away from professional Call of Duty in 2019 as the Modern Warfare swept the nation. He confessed a big reason why he stopped was because of the consistent drug abuse. “The Adderall abuse was too much to keep up with.”
It’s a situation that has lingered behind the scenes for years. However, it’s unknown how the usage of Adderall, as well as other substances like Vyvanse and Ritalin, will be regulated, particularly in the Call of Duty League.
Outside of Call of Duty, professional Counter-Strike player Kory “Semphis” Friesen revealed in a YouTube video that he and his team had taken Adderall while playing in a tournament. Timo “Taimou” Kettunen confessed that “20 players or so” use it in the Overwatch League. The same is true in the Gears of War community. Former GoW pro Jimmy “HighDistortion” Moreno claimed that “the GoW community has easily over half the players using it.”
One of the concerns is how the usages of Adderall in the professional scene could influence aspiring competitors. Sloss said, “A lot of these kids are hearing [that] some of the best players in the world are taking Adderall. They wanna either experiment and see if it helps or just do what it takes to be the best.” He continued, “People are destroying their lives and futures. There’s no limit… one of these days you’re gonna see somebody have a heart attack or something serious happen.”