Geison Greff, the CEO of Rise Esports, has brought the sensitive topic of drug use in esports into limelight. In a long post on Instagram, he mentioned that there is an “overwhelming evidence” of the use of controlled medication by the players of Alpha 7 Esports, which is prohibited by esports and sports laws.
View this post on Instagram
Rise Esports and Alpha 7 Esports are two big mobile esports organizations from Brazil that are currently competing against each other in PMPL Brazil Spring 2022. As per Geison, testimonies and evidence suggest that Alpha7 players were doping during the ongoing tournament.
Rise Esports has condemned this action and called upon Tencent and court to take action against the alleged offenders. Team Alpha 7 is still a part of this tournament and Geison said “I manifest dissatisfaction with Alpha7’s remaining in the championships until proven otherwise”, urging a removal of this roster until the case is solved.
The alleged drug used by Alpha 7 is called Venvanse and is said to increase the ability to pay attention, stay focused, and stop fidgeting. It can not be used “even under medical prescription” according to the rules of several anti-doping bodies in the world.
Alpha 7 Esports has not explicitly reacted to this allegation or mentioned it in any sense. They have recently changed the upper management by appointing new CEOs to the organization and Rise Geison reacted on it as well.
He has urged Tencent to take actions to preserve the health of the players involved and push them away until the case is resolved.