Situation Roundup: Community Opinions
EDITOR'S NOTE: Situation Roundup is a series of articles focusing on Philippine FPS and related matters, gathered from reputable members of different communities who wanted to voice their points out. Open columns, open letters and opinions can be included in this article, with the final decision resting with the Editor and the higher board.
In line with the issues that have been lined out yesterday when Valve removed Major status from Galaxy Battles, WASD has went out to ask various stakeholders from the Philippines to contribute their opinions on the matter.
Most people in the community agreed about the necessity for said drug tests, stating that as long as it is done within the scope of “accepted medical procedures” and “medical privacy,” they would willingly agree to be subject to undergo such tests if the tournament requires it and as part of following Philippine laws.
Going further, we asked people from the provinces as well as from various communities about their take on the said matter.
The opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect those of the board, the editorial staff and the community-at-large.
As for my part regarding the issue (of drug tests and other guidelines), we should always strive to follow best practices and international standards. We all know that (common) laws and (operating) guidelines are not the same in different countries.
At the same time, we should also follow what is proven to be the most applicable in our environment, then slowly improve it through a system of progressive monitoring.
We can’t just go into the topic of creating regulations with one perspective. This is why we need everyone’s point of view in order to create an equitable solution for all.
We are aware that Philippine esports is still young. This is why we need to set standards that are recognizable by the international community in order to facilitate smooth running of events in the country.
The local esports scene (in the provinces) are just as crucial as the major tournaments held in cities. Not only is it a breeding ground for players that have the potential to compete in major tournaments, it is where they develop not only their skills in-game but also shape them to be the people that they could and should be, PROFESSIONALS. Being such, it is expected from them to act in conformance with the ethical standards of the esports industry which is to ensure the integrity of their games. Regardless if its a local or a national tournament, if they (players) really want to be taken seriously by the industry, then complying with the basic protocols wouldn't hurt for them to give a clean and good game to watch.
They should not only limit the drugs to be checked like marijuana and cocaine and PEDs (Performance Enhancement Drugs).
They should (take into consideration) the drugs restrictions of international countries as basis whether or not the drug is considered as illegal.
They should also look into the by laws and standards set by the World Health Organization, as well as competent authorities on the matter.
As part of getting opinions, WASD has also reached out to some people who have standing in CrossFire. Though they gave their comments, they refused to be identified and the comments were held off the record.
However, according to one of them who is a community figure in the scene (who allowed this particular part of his comments to be quoted), he will happily embrace the said ruling as long as it is put in par with standards created by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). He also added that he won't accept any other way of implementation.
There you have it! What are your perspectives on the matter?
Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.
Formerly the lead FPS writer for eSports by INQUIRER.
People say he loves fruit juice :)