Former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek has revealed on live stream that he and his former Cloud 9 teammates have taken adderall – but never when playing or competing.
Rumors and accusations of professional players in a number of esports using adderall have been widespread, and Cloud 9’s CS:GO team themselves have been subject to such accusations on numerous occasions – and was even confirmed by Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen during an interview in 2015.
Adderall, which is a prescription drug, and is most commonly used as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), works by altering the balance and amounts of naturally occurring substances in the brain.
The reason it is often speculated to be used (and abused) by professional, and in some cases amateur, esports players, is due to it’s ability to grant increased focus on an activity and general attentiveness to tasks and challenges.
All of which is of course beneficial particularly in first person, reaction and awareness oriented twitch shooters such as Counter-Strike or Call of Duty.
Shroud begans by discussing his own use of Adderall, which he affirms was never during or before playing and competing in CS:GO matches.
“I used a very, very small amount. It was weird, because when I took it, it didn’t really do anything, it just felt normal.
I don’t know what I was expecting I guess, but it didn’t really do much for me. Like I could focus a little bit better […] it helped me keep my attention.”
Further, he discussed some of the allegations which had previously been levelled at Cloud 9 and their active CS:GO roster at the time, and substantiated by former player SEMPHIS.
After the communication of the team had been heard, it SEMPHIS said “I don’t even give a fuck, we were all on adderall. If you listen to the comms, it was pretty obvious”.
Shroud, who is no longer on the active CS:GO roster, and is now a hugely popular live streamer still under the C9 organization, has clarified his previous teammate’s comments.
“There was this whole fiasco, with Adderall and [Cloud 9] or whatever, like a while ago, and it was so annoying because I think it was Kory [SEMPHIS] that said it, and it was kind of true, but wasn’t true in the fact that it was used during tournaments.
I used it to see if I could focus on a demo for once in my life – and it worked – but I’ve never used it while playing and competing.”
You can watch the moment from Shroud’s recent live stream, in which he discusses the issue, in the following two clips.