The Call of Duty League 2021 Championship Weekend is the latest gaming event to require either a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result as a requirement for entry. Masks will also be mandatory in all indoor areas.
Details for those attending the esports competition, which is set to run from August 19th through to the 22nd in Los Angeles, were published earlier today on the official Call of Duty League website.
“Due to the rising rate of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and across the country, we are enhancing our safety measures for Call of Duty League 2021 Champs,” the post reads. “Effective immediately, all Champs attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination OR if not fully vaccinated a negative PCR or antigen test received within 72 hours of the day of your attendance.”
Specifics on the required documentation were also provided.
The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:
- Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered), OR
- A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document, OR
- A photo of the attendee's vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
- Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider
The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result:
- Printed document (from the test provider or laboratory), OR
- An e-mail or text message displayed on a phone from the test provider or laboratory
Ticket holders who are unable to attend will be able to request a full refund either at the location or by emailing [email protected].
PAX West also recently announced similar requirements for entry. Many upcoming IRL events are expected to implement similar policies given that the global pandemic is far from over and the situation continues to evolve due to the appearance of variants and the fluctuation of case numbers.
Of course, while some sectors of the gaming industry, such as Razer, are embracing the challenge of in-person gatherings, many continue to be negatively affected as we saw with the recent outright cancellation of PAX Aus in Melbourne, Australia.