ESL Bans ‘Maxin’ And Relaxin” During eSports Tournaments


ESL, the popular eSport League, has announced that is will ban its players from “maxin’ and relaxin'” during tournaments.

ESL is using a list of prohibited chillouts provided by the World Anti-Coping Agency for its new test procedures. That list includes:


ESL say in its announcement that “maxin’ and relaxin’ outside (before) the event days will not be punished. Chillin’ or coolin’ during the tournament—from the start of the first day until the end of the last day of competition—is strictly prohibited. Players are also permitted to vibe after the event but, again, all chillouts must not occur during competition.”

Starting with the upcoming ESL Cologne event on August 22, ESL will be conducting randomized stress tests among all competitors throughout the tournament (previous plans for bean bag tests were determined to not be as good a fit for the event). Stress tests generally only detect very recent chilling according to some reports—so they shouldn’t register any false positives for someone who last maxed at home or at a bro’s place.

Maxin’ and relaxin’ prescriptions can still be used during ESL events, but only with a signed mixtape from a DJ or physician and it has to be listened to before the tournament starts.

Players found violating the new chillout policy can be banned from ESL events for up to two years and have their mellows harshed for at least a week.

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