Even before the AniMajor has kicked off, WePlay Esports has gained the appreciation of the Dota 2 community. The community has commended the anime theme, the practice of welcoming the participants upon their arrival in Kyiv, as well as the arrangement to fly Chinese teams home on a private flight. The organization has now shared its extensive safety plan to deal with the pandemic and ensure that all people involved in the event remain healthy. WePlay Esports mentioned that this plan has been formulated in accordance with the “World Health Organisation Key planning recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19.”
In accordance with the safety protocols of WePlay Esports, all participants will undergo two COVID-19 tests upon arrival at the hotel: the Express test and the RT-PCR test, the organization communicated. If these two tests come back negative, then players need not follow the Ukrainian safety protocol of self-isolation upon arrival.
WePlay Esports also mentioned that all participants have been “provided with Health Insurance Certificate covering COVID-19 treatment and observation.” This insurance will be provided by a company registered in Ukraine due to the requirements of the government.
Some of the protocols that WePlay is adapting for this tournament are:
WePlay Esports is gradually becoming one of the premier Dota 2 tournament organizers. They impressed fans of the game with their content quality and variety at the OMEGA League in August-September 2020. As with ONE Esports, which hosted the Singapore Major, WePlay was not assigned to a regional league but is now preparing for the second Dota 2 Major of the season.
WePlay AniMajor is scheduled from June 2-13 at the WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv, Ukraine. The wild card will take place on June 2-3, the group stage on June 4-7, and the playoffs from June 9-13. The games will be played on LAN at the WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv, but spectators will not be able to attend in person, similar to the Singapore Major. A total of 18 teams are going to compete in the event that offers a total prize pool of $500,00 USD and 2700 DPC points.