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The organizers of the Ohio State Urban Gaming Club have decided to postpone OSU's second Infection Invitational until the upcoming autumn semester. A number of factors were involved in this decision. It was not made lightly or without hours of deliberation. Simply, it was not the right time for an invitational.
As many of you may know, our invitational was originally scheduled for April 12th and 13th. Our administration had not yet approved our game and had requested we hold off on advertising until the event was approved. Around this time, Penn State announced their invitational would fall on the same dates. The dates were thus changed to the only other available dates, March 22nd and 23rd. In doing so, we, the orgs and mods, lost three weeks of planning time we assumed we had. This put us in hot water with the administration, as they require detailed plans well in advance. Planning was rushed as a result, and quality likely suffered for the sake of a submitting a proposal on time. To make matters worse, after advertising for the new dates, a handful of local schools announced their main games would coincide with our invitational. For the sake of a larger, and thus, more epic game, and more importantly, out of respect for the community at large, we decided to change the date as we have never had any intention of forcing prospective players to choose between two invitationals or effectively excluding entire schools from attending ours.
And frankly, the announced dates weren't even ideal. As we learned last year, hosting an invitational only a few days before a full, week-long game burns everyone out, the organizational team and the player base alike. We all have school and jobs and social lives, and playing intense, physical games for nearly two weeks straight isn't all that feasible. We don't want our local players to feel they have to choose between two similar events, lowering the populations of both.
To all who have made plans to show up to our invitational, we cannot apologize enough. It means a lot to us that you decided to come play our game, especially those of you traveling a few hundred miles to get here. We understand the frustration you likely feel at this untimely announcement, and we're sorry for waiting so long to arrive at this decision. We know a number of you were excited for the Invitational. So were we. We can only hope that you are just as enthusiastic to come out in the fall. It is also our hope that, given the time now available to us, we can make the Invitational even better than it would have been otherwise. In the meantime, those of you at OSU should sign up for our main game, and we hope to see everyone soon!