Everything we’re doing at #IEM Cologne has two things in mind: Competition and Safety
Earlier this week, we shared an update on what to expect at #IEM Cologne. We’re back today with a detailed look at the protocols in place for the coming weeks 🙏
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Health and Safety Guidelines
As one of the few on-site, offline, and LAN tournaments in esports right now, IEM Cologne 2021 needs to make sure everyone ‘s safety is valued. Although the global pandemic is improving, it’s important maintaining health guidelines remains a top priority. Boasting 120 players from 20 countries on top of coaches, managers, and staff, nearly 200 people will attend the live event. Unfortunately, audience members cannot attend this time but the teams will and that’s where competitive excitement stems.
The CSPPA received the initial protocols and helped shape the IEM Cologne Covid Protocol. Although the 50-page document itself will not be shared, the guidelines are strict and can see early changes after the first week, especially if players become uncomfortable. Taking place in a five star hotel at Cologne, teams cannot leave the area once they arrive. Only once someone is no longer involved at the event, if their team gets eliminated for example, can they leave the hotel.
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