Having transitioned to an online format halfway through the Modern Warfare season, it has been reported that the Call of Duty League (CDL) will be making a return to offline competition in the imminent future.
Returning to LAN is a big deal for competitive Call of Duty. Playing offline and on a level playing field was a mainstay in the esport for several years until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the CDL to transition into an online format.
While the league has yet to confirm a return to LAN, a number of CDL franchises are teasing the return of LAN which sparked the rumours of offline competition making a return.
Here's everything we know about the possibility of LAN returning.
CDL Back On LAN
As mentioned above, there has been no official confirmation by league operations surrounding Call of Duty esports returning to an offline setting for the first time in well over a year.
Despite this, the likes of the Toronto Ultra, winners of the Stage Two Major, have teased its return thanks to the CDL's new MyTag generator.
The last competitive Call of Duty event to be played offline was the Los Angeles Home Series that took place during the early stages of the Modern Warfare season.
The switch to online competition couldn't have come at a worse time for competitive COD, which was in its inaugural season after moving to a franchise model.
When Will LAN Return?
Depending on COVID restrictions and if the risk is low enough, a return to LAN is rumoured to be taking place at the season-ending CDL Championship.
An official date has yet to be confirmed but the event typically takes place at the beginning of August, so hopefully the situation has changed enough for Call of Duty esports to return to its most competitive settings. Maybe there will be fans in attendance? We will have to wait and see.
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