Doping in eSports and Riot Games

April 21, 2015

Yes, I am still alive. And I wish I had more time to write regular blog posts but work, travel and doctors appointments are keeping me busy at the moment.

But I couldn’t resist writing about something that grinds my gears at the moment.


It’s true, the promised follow-up article on doping in esports would be out by now if someone’s legal department didn’t send a furious letter down to Mexico to try and silence the little nagging voice that tries to keep a meaningful discussion about substance abuse and doping regulations in electronic sports going.

I’ll do an extra post about who and why once this nonsense is settled and I am getting the green light to talk about it from my legal representation.In the meantime here is an example to show you what kind of things slow me down from creating a follow-up article that is just for every party involved.

Since I published my original article, I tried to get in touch with any company I mentioned to get their view on the topic for the record and find a middle ground to start a discussion how the doping problem can be solved or if they see it as a problem at all from their perspective.

I reached most of them and they either respectfully told me that they are not willing to comment on it, which I totally respect as I understand this could scare sponsors away, and a doping scandal in their league / tournament could cause serious repercussions by sponsors and the global gaming community, or they gave a generic statement probably written by a PR intern, which was kind of unsatisfying.

As I had the first-hand experience with players doping in League of Legends and it’s the go-to electronic sports for aspiring talent at the moment, I was especially interested in talking to Riot Games and getting their opinion on the doping problem and an explanation why they allow neuroenhancement in their leagues and tournaments.

So ****<**span style**=**“**text-decoration: underline;“**>**in August 2014 I tried to get in touch with the Riot Games PR department**</**span**>******. I never got a mail back. The two calls I made were hung up immediately after I stated what I wanted to talk about and until today I never received a callback or any reply.

When I was finishing up the follow-up article, I did not want to publish it until I had talked to Riot Games. I spoke to a few Fortune 500 CEOs before and whenever I took the time to write a hand-written note to someone I always did get back a reply. It took some time in some cases up to a month but usually their secretary called and thanked for the personal note and in 9/10 cases I did get a handwritten letter back instead of an email.

Long story told short; I wrote a small not very time-consuming to read a note to Mr.Brandon Beck the CEO and Co-Founder of Riot Games.



I sent this the 3rd of March 2015, and it got delivered on the 10th of March 2015. No call from his secretary, no mail back.

Simply ignored.


Well, I guess Mr.Beck is either too busy or too scared to write back but at least I can say I tried to get in touch with him and Riot Games. I still hope for an answer or the offer to engage in a meaningful discussion about if and how it makes sense to regulate neuroenhancement in electronic sports and specifically in the professional league of legends and their amateur / college leagues.

That’s it from me for today.

Check by once a month for updates if you like.

Estimate on the legal dispute is 6-8 weeks until its solved from our end.



Bjoern Franzen

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