Halo Infinite Esports having to ban spectators over COVID-19 concerns

Halo Infinite Esports having to ban spectators over COVID-19 concerns

The return of COVID-19 continues to be a problem for eSports events

Although much of the excitement of the arrival of a new edition of events in the eSports world is due to being able to witness them physically, it seems that 2022 is reliving bad memories with the rise in positive cases of COVID-19. Due to growing concern over the pandemic and the emergence of new variants such as omicron, it has been announced that the Halo Esports Tournament will no longer include spectators at the event.

The news was announced two days ago via the official Halo Esports Twitter account, which reads, “Due to the rapidly changing environment around COVID-19 and the rising number of cases, we will be changing the upcoming Anaheim Regional Championship to no longer include spectators.”

Through this release, it was also made clear how the brackets would now be conducted virtually. “The open bracket will now take place online ahead of the event to determine the in-person teams. In order to ensure a competitive tournament that is inclusive of the broader community, we will instead be hosting an online qualifier to find the remaining eight teams that will join the top eight teams from the HCS Kickoff Major Raleigh 2021.”

Organizers have made it clear that security is a top priority when it comes to running this type of event. The tweet assures that the integrity of all participants must be respected and cared for, which is why they will also take the necessary measures at the Anaheim site to ensure the highest level of safety while complying with local regulations. In addition to all this, it was also announced that January 14 will be packed with more information, such as the qualifying dates and the format of the event.

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