Before the Stoned Gamer League existed, bong rips and impromptu dorm room Mario Kart tournaments were as competitive as stoned gaming got. That all changed when Zeus Tipado founded the league a few years back. After witnessing the rise of both the esports and cannabis industry, as well as a clear overlap between gamers and stoners, he created a platform that combines the two cultures.
Competitive gaming is a much different vibe than smoking, Netflixing and chilling. There are a lot more passion and adrenaline in the room.
Members of the league can compete online or in person at the Stoned Gamer Arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Even if you can’t make it to the Stoned Gamer Arena, the competition is available to anyone across the globe with access to video games and weed. You don’t have to be a professional gamer to enter the league, but if you want to win you’ll have to be a beast at gaming while high.
How The Stoned Gamer League Came To Be
SGL’s founder, Zeus told Green Rush Daily that he “actually got into the cannabis industry by writing for High Times back in 2014.”
After writing several articles on video games and cannabis, he started to seek out new ways to bring the two together. Shortly after, he started the Stoned Gamer which is a website dedicated to independent game development.
On 4/20 of 2016, the Stoned Gamer Tournament season began. Now, audiences can watch competitors get high on their Twitch livestream. We asked if Twitch was cool with them broadcasting their gamers smoking weed. Apparently, Twitch has a much chiller approach than YouTube’s mystery bans.
“We have agreed to terms that allow our gamers to get high on camera and play games. That’s the deal we established and we really look forward to continuing this amazing partnership,” Zeus said.
To compete in one of the Stoned Gamer Tournaments, you’ll need to register with the league first. Then, you have to earn enough points by playing games to qualify for the competition.
Rule Number One: You Have To Get High To Play
There are several rules to the Stoned Gamer League but the main one is “you have to get high to play.”
Prior to competing at the Stoned Gamer Arena, competitors in attendance must enter the “elevation booth” to broadcast their high. Anyone competing from home is required to send “Proof of Elevation.” That means recording themselves smoking/dabbing and sending the evidence to a league official.
The Stoner Gamer Tournament brings a whole new meaning to “high score.” Gamers decide how high they get. It can be a dab hit or a bong rip of three varying sizes. The bigger your hit, the higher you score.
There are three bonus options to choose from. Teams can earn 2 bonus points for every player that clears a .25 gram dab or a .5 gram bong rip. Level 2 is 10 points for ever every player that finishes a .5 gram dab or a full gram bong rip.
For level 3, you’ll want someone with a super high tolerance and iron lungs. Players that complete a full gram dab or a 2-gram bong rip can earn 30 bonus points.
However, bonus points are only applied if the team wins. So you can’t have the whole team do a 2 gram dab and slump over their keyboards and expect to be rewarded for it. Players will have to strategically choose how high they can get before their performance is impacted.
“We’re not trying to find the best stoner or the best gamer, we’re trying to find the best stoned gamer,” Zeus stated.
It’s a competitive game format so you’ll obviously need some skills to get far in the tournament. However, you don’t need to be a pro-gamer, have deep pockets or a huge Instagram following to become a member. Just bring some weed.