Counter-Strike: International Offensive competitors is coming again to LAN play. The Intel Excessive Masters International Problem 2020, set to happen in Cologne, Germany, from Dec. 15-20, will see eight groups from three continents compete for the biggest share of the $500Okay USD prize pool.
With the COVID-19 pandemic all however taking away LAN occasions for H2 2020, the IEM International Problem shall be match organizer ESL’s first LAN competitors in simply over six months.
”We’re planning for groups to compete from inside a single location, all accessing the identical web and native community (LAN),” an ESL spokesperson instructed The Esports Observer. “We’re working intently with the native authorities to have the correct and proper native security protocols in place to welcome groups and gamers again to in-person competitors. Primarily based on these laws, the studio setting and enjoying situations will scale to match these necessities.”
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the esports LAN aggressive house as a number of leagues and competitions have been moved to on-line play the place lag time and web connections can have an effect on outcomes. Nonetheless, with occasion bulletins equivalent to this and realizing that Riot Video games is dedicated to working its League of Legends World Championship as a LAN occasion with restrictions set in, very like the ”bubble” the NBA makes use of, followers are hoping for a return to normalcy.
Nonetheless, for the IEM International Problem, followers will nonetheless not be capable to attend.
“We’re planning a scope of labor similar to how we’d usually execute a extra conventional stay occasion, with native security laws in place however with out the principle venue and all logistics that include a stay occasion expertise,” an organization spokesperson mentioned. “We’re nonetheless in very early days of planning and can proceed to work in direction of our objective which is to see CS:GO return to in-person competitors.”