Originally Posted by Nadevoc
I find it a bit odd since in at least some previous events, the stage WAS designed to prevent this. The teams were in booths and I remember one of the casters talking about how the players had three headsets - headphones for sound, noise-cancelling headphones over those, and then a headset around their neck with a mic so they could talk.
That might have been at MLG. MLG puts the teams into soundproof booths. I think the lack of booths was a calculated move to put the teams in a more visible and prominent position by not enclosing them.
Obviously, that had some unforeseen issues.