The Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) announced on Friday that it is working with tournament organizers on creating “clear and safe” protocols to minimize the health risks that players will face while competing on LAN during the current pandemic.
The protocols will include regulations regarding “travel, testing policies, interaction with staff, media, and fans”, as well as “other general safety measures”, the release states. The conclusions of these discussions could come into play as soon as December, when ESL plans to hold its second big LAN event of the year.
The CSPPA notes that returning to physical events during the pandemic exposes players to “considerable health risks” due to travel and interaction with a larger number of people.
Aside from the IEM Global Challenge, which is scheduled for December 15-20, no other big international LANs have been formally announced. A recent report has, however, linked North America-based teams with a trip to Europe, noting BLAST as one of the driving forces behind the potential move.
If Evil Geniuses, Liquid, 100 Thieves, and MIBR were to travel to the Old Continent, BLAST would, instead of having two separate regions, hold their Fall Series tournament as a single event, albeit an online one. A similar plan is is seemingly in place for Flashpoint 2, which “will be limited to teams who are able to quarantine in Europe”.