World of Warcraft Czech followers donned costumes on Saturday to convey the vastly common on-line sport to life and continued a decreased competition after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the annual occasion earlier this 12 months. Disguised as shamans, elves and knights, the sport followers took half in video games and competitions in a forest in Kamyk nad Vltavou, south of Prague, however the standard live-action fight was canceled attributable to a low turnout.
The annual Spring Pageant normally attracts as much as 200 followers, however organizers mentioned the turnout was solely round 60 this 12 months after coronavirus lockdowns in Europe have been delayed.
“We’re simply completely satisfied that (the competition) is going down this 12 months,” mentioned Eliska Pabl Kaplanova, one of many organizers. “So this 12 months it is a smaller stage.”
The web role-playing sport has turn out to be a cultural phenomenon since its introduction in 2004 with tens of millions of gamers worldwide.
Jaroslav Racek, a daytime police officer, mentioned he was making his seventh go to to the Czech occasion and that it was an opportunity for him to immerse himself in one thing else.
“There’s a giant group of individuals right here,” he mentioned, disguised as a demon from the Burning Legion. “An individual can have enjoyable on this world and never simply sit at a pc.”
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