An amateur Call of Duty LAN tournament that had been moved online due to concern from Activision Blizzard over health and safety still saw several players show up to play on Saturday at the venue where the event was originally going to be held. News of the event was first reported by Dexerto.
Organized by American Gaming Network, The Indianapolis Open 2020 was originally advertised as a LAN event taking place July 31 to Aug. 2. At 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, AGN events COO Gage Cash tweeted a statement from AGN's Twitter account saying "after discussions with representatives from Activision, we are deciding to change the Indianapolis Open to be online only, for health and safety concerns. Players are advised to participate in the tournament from their home location, alone."
Yet on Saturday, Dexerto posted a video on Twitter of players inside the venue participating in the tournament. Only some of the people in the video wore masks, and it did not appear like social distancing was being practiced.
Later Saturday, AGN tweeted out: "AGN has nothing to do with the players congregated at ANY LAN center. We DO NOT condone them being there. We have asked everyone to play from home or their BnB."
ESPN has reached out to AGN, Ultimate Gaming Experience and Activision Blizzard with requests for comment, but none of the organizations have responded.
The venue where the tournament was set to be held, Ultimate Gaming Experience, is a gaming facility located in Indianapolis. The venue tweeted on July 31 that despite the tournament being moved to online, UGX would be open to the public this weekend.
This has sparked outrage from the Call of Duty community online. Adam Apicella, CEO of Esports Engine, noted: "today is an example of another trait we avoid: recklessness."
Bob Morris, operations director for the Call of Duty League's Seattle Surge, tweeted that Call of Duty players at the event "won't sniff a professional CDL opportunity."
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