New information about the future of Rainbow Six’s eSports leagues was revealed today at the Six Invitational 2020, as Ubisoft announced they will begin the process of regionalizing their eSports programs later this year. The Six Invitational, currently taking place in Montreal, Quebec, wraps up the fourth year of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and also acts as the beginning of the game’s first season of year 5, Operation Void Edge.
Ubisoft has been at the forefront of helping to build better eSports leagues in Canada, and the continued popularity of Rainbow Six Siege has only helped their progress along. While the game was not nearly as popular as it is today upon its initial release, continuous refinements, free updates, and a proven dedication to providing a quality experience for Rainbow Six Siege players has seen the game transform into one of Ubisoft’s most-played and most-supported titles. Now, it looks as if the company is ready to take the next step in Rainbow Six’s eSports evolution.
At the Six Invitational 2020 event earlier today, Ubisoft announced that all facets of their Rainbow Six eSports scene will begin moving towards a regionalized program, meaning that Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific regions will all “decide on the specific of their region program” themselves, according to a press release. These regions will have control over “their partners, their formats, or the way the regional program fuels the global program.” Ubisoft calls this change the next natural step for them to be able to enhance the success of eSports leagues in each of the different regions.
Ubisoft states that this new change will allow for “a stronger focus on local specificities and an increased diversity in the difference choices of programs Ubisoft offers.” Each of these regions will then focus their efforts into deciding their own qualifications for attendance at the next Six International. Each region will also undergo specific changes, such as spitting the Asia-Pacific region into two separate divisions and introducing Canada to the global competition stage by creating a Canada Division. More information about Rainbow Six eSports changes will be posted to Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six website when it becomes available.
Hopefully, these new adjustments to the way Ubisoft handles Rainbow Six eSports leagues in the future will not only make things easier on the company, but easier for the players as well. Having each region be in more control of their rules and regulations will hopefully allow for more specialized game experiences for all players, and perhaps next year’s Six International will feature a wider variety of challengers who reflect those changes. With over 50 million registered players around the world, Rainbow Six Siege still continues to only grow in popularity, even so long after its initial release, and it doesn’t show very many signs of stopping any time soon.
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