Ubisoft Reveals Changes To "Rainbow Six Siege" Esports Structure
Today during the Six Invitational, Ubisoft announced major changes coming to their Rainbow Six Siege esports program, including a team ranking system. The current system as we know it will cease to exist after the Pro League Finals in May 2020. teams will now compete in a system where their performance at every event will now be rated with a points system depending on how well they do and where they place in each Major. Which will now switch to three Majors a year and a playoff system for remaining seats to get to 16 teams for the yearly Six Invitational. You can read more about the changes coming to the Rainbow Six Siege esports program below.
Four regional programs running in parallel during the year. A competitive year of Rainbow Six esports, known as a "Season", will be divided into 4 quarters. The first 3 quarters will be known as "Stages", each concluding with a Major, where the 4 best teams from each region at the end of a given stage, will gather to compete. The 4th quarter will be dedicated to regional finals and relegations, leading towards the Six Invitational that will crown the world's best team at the end of the Season. Teams involved in the regional programs will be ranked based on a new and in-depth point system that rewards sustained performance. Performance in the regional programs and Majors will impact the global rankings and the teams' journey towards the Six Invitational.
The Asia-Pacific region will include two divisions. In the North Division, the Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian programs will come together to form a single, highly competitive, online league gathering 12 teams. In parallel, the South Division will provide exciting new opportunities to the established Oceanic market along with up-and-coming regions such as South Asia. Ubisoft will commission ESLto handle the Asia-Pacific programs and events.
The European League will expand to ten teams and build upon what was created over the past years. The European national programs will receive greater significance and will feed into the global program, thus forging a multi-tiered esports scene, allowing players from all levels and horizons to compete. FaceIt and LiveNation will be Ubisoft's co-production partners for the European League and events.
Latin America will grow from eight to ten teams in Brazil and move to an offline structure in Mexico while expanding into South America (Argentina, Peru, Chile, Uruguay). Latin America will now support three divisions (Brazil, Mexico and South America) with the intent of continuing to evolve into global competitors. The Latin American program will be owned and operated by Ubisoft and its contracted vendors in the region.
North America will level up the production and tournament operations across the board while continuing to champion players and community. Next year will see the introduction of the US Division, a new program with premier production and play dates. For the first time, Canada will have a place within the global competition stage with the Canada Division.
The Six Invitational 2020 also revealed the regions that will host Majors in the next 2 years:
May 16-17, Pro League Finals Season XI: São Paulo, Brazil
August Major: North America
November Major: Europe
February, Six Invitational 2021: Canada
May Major: Europe
August Major: North America
November Major: Asia-Pacific