Call of Duty gamers ignore pandemic-related safety orders at unofficial esports gathering


I never got the impression that some players of Call of Duty are a particularly compliant bunch, and that assumption was not helped by the actions of a number of players in an esports event that ignored calls for a tournament to be held online and instead congregated in a LAN event.

The competition in question was the American Gaming Network’s Indianapolis Open, which was initially preparing to host a LAN event with requirements like face masks, temperature checks, and the signing of a liability waiver being offered as safeguards. However, the esports org reversed course and moved to an online only format after “discussions with representatives from Activision.”

But a number of players apparently disregarded AGN’s decision and gathered together for a LAN party anyway, as esports journalist Rod Breslau tweeted, with nary a mask or other preventative measures in sight. There were initial assumptions that AGN was hosting the LAN in spite of statements to the contrary, but another tweet from AGN refutes the claim, stating the org has nothing to do with players congregated at any LAN center in spite of reports that AGN staff were allegedly present at the gathering.

AGN has since pushed back the tournament’s second day, citing the desire to “preserve the competitive integrity of the online tournament” and “an overwhelming [number] of players away from home with the inability to play in a safe environment.”

source: Breslau via Kotaku

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Bruno Brito



Stupid is, stupid does…


I’m not entirely sure how a liability waiver is a safeguard against spreading a virus. The short video of the event does indeed look like an excellent way to spread it though.

One thing to remember about masks as well is that while they are important they should not operate as a justification for gatherings that are otherwise not justified.


Yeah, a waiver is only a safeguard if you are a lawyer. :P

They made the right call going virtual. Any organization that decides to hold an in-person event during a pandemic and expects attendees to sign a liability waiver is more than a little questionable anyway. I do understand that having to cancel or radically change the format of events can be a big financial hit, but shielding yourself with a waiver and letting your customers take the risk for your benefit is a great way to turn any sympathy I have right around.

Before all this happened my mother had plans to go to a concert this year. The concert was postponed, but not canceled, and now she is being told that she can either sign a waiver and still go, or she can just lose the money she spent on the ticket.

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Profits over people.


If she purchased the ticket with a credit card then she should be able to initiate a chargeback with the bank that issued her the card. It could take up to a couple of months but when it is approved she will get a refund and the concert promoter will lose the cost of the ticket as well as a sizable fee from the bank as a penalty. Most companies will issue a refund rather than receive a chargeback so if she calls them and gives them an ultimatum they will probably acquiesce.