Activision has announced that the upcoming Call of Duty League post-season schedule–including the Championship–will be held as a virtual tournament, not an in-person LAN event as has been the case in the past. The announcement is not a big surprise, as the regular season took place online due to the COVID-19 crisis. With the pandemic still gripping the USA and other parts of the world, this year’s event has moved to an online-only setup.
“Due to continuing health risks associated with COVID-19 and our collective priority focus on protecting the safety of our teams, players, league staff, and partner personnel, the remainder of the season will be held online,” Activision said in a news release. “This decision was made with great care, communication, and consideration over the course of many discussions.”
To support this change, the League is giving all competitors a “universal camera setup” that will be switched on for the entirety of matches. This will give League officials the ability to ensure players are not keeping things above the line. “The cameras will provide visibility for league officials to view and check each competitor’s console, controller, and monitor as needed,” Activision said. “Once a match reaches an official ready check status, players will need to be seated and on camera.”