The Call of Duty League officially announced on Monday that they will return to LAN format for Major IV which is set to take place on June 17-20. The event will be hosted by Dallas Empire at the Esports Stadium Arlington.
The CDL switched to all virtual events in 2020 in response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, like many other organizers like Riot Games and the Overwatch League, CDL is starting the process of bringing back live events.
“As you can imagine, we’ve been waiting so patiently for this moment to get back to offline LAN play,” explained Johanna Faries, Activision Blizzard’s general manager of Call of Duty, to Gamesbeat. "And to have all 12 teams under one roof playing in that manner is really just an awesome new beat for us.”
Unlike the recent Hangzhou Spark Homestand, attendance at the CDL Major IV will be limited to only teams and limited league staff. All those in attendance will undergo strict COVID-19 testing and safety procedures throughout the event, according to Faries. While this is a big step forward toward bringing back full CDL homestands, it will likely still be a while before the CDL can host a fully attended homestand once again.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.