Ubisoft has announced the key updates for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six e-Sport programs in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America, as well as the new plans for the Six Invitational 2021.
The most anticipated Rainbow Six esports competition of the year by fans and professional teams, which was recently postponed due to travel restrictions by the French government, is now planned for May 2021.
The exact location and dates will be announced at a later date.
To make room for the Six Invitational 2021, the calendar for Stage 1 in the region has been adjusted.
- Stage 1 of the European League starts on May 18th at 6:00 p.m.
- Stage 1 of the North American League starts on May 24th at 10:00 pm
- Stage 1 of the Latin American League begins with the Latin America South Division on May 19
- Stage 1 of the Asia-Pacific League begins with the South Division on May 19th at 00:00
More information on the adjustments to the Rainbow Six E-Sports programs in connection with the new Six Invitational 2021 schedule, including the specific calendar for Stage 1, is available here.
Building on the insights from Season 2020 and the feedback from the community, Ubisoft also revealed the updates coming in Season 2021 for the Rainbow Six E-Sports programs in all regions:
- No more draw: Instead of having matches end with a tie, these are now decided by best-of-3 overtimes
- Extended squad: To allow organizations to compete at both regional and national levels – by allowing them to have two different squads, organizations can now have a total of up to 12 players under their banner, with up to 7 players for each specific squad are registered. Each roster must have at least 5 players and each roster can be supported by its own trainer. As soon as a squad is registered, it is blocked until the next transfer window. Further details on the practical application will be communicated at a later date.
- Coaching-Timeout: The coaches are given the opportunity to pause the game and discuss the strategy with their players. Further details on the practical application will follow shortly.
- Standardized point system at regional level: A regular win is rewarded with 3 points, while a defeat is rewarded with 0 points. If the two teams fight into overtime, the winner gets 2 points while the loser gets 1 point.
- Update of the tie-breaker.
The last two game days are played on a special weekend in the 7th week.
Ubisoft is also redesigning the online qualifiers for the European Challenger League with 3 open tournaments until the end of the summer where the participating teams will receive points and prize money.
The best 5 teams of all 3 tournaments will meet in the group stage with the 9 winners of the National League and the 2 relegated teams of the 2020 season, making the European Challenger League 2021 a competition with 16 teams. 8 teams take part in the playoffs, competing against each other in a double elimination bracket in the best-of-3 procedure.
NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The health and well-being of our professional players, partners and employees is our top priority, which is why we will work carefully throughout the season to ensure the establishment and compliance with strict hygiene measures.
The 7th week of each stage will be a “Super Week” with 3 consecutive game days from Tuesday to Thursday, also starting at 10:00 pm.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule may still change.
The teams play in a round, best-of-one format with overtime.
For the 2021 season, the Latin American League will retain its 3-division structure – Brazil Division, Mexico Division, Latin America South Division – but its competitive format based on best-of-one matches during the regular online phase change in each division.
The 3 divisions are organized as follows:
- Brazil Division: Remains with 10 teams
- Mexico Division: The 2020 structure will be changed.
The re will now be one more team, so that a total of 8 teams take part
- Latin America South Division: Remains with 8 teams for Argentina, Peru and Chile
Each division – Brazil, Mexico and Latin America South – will have 2 game days per week for 4 weeks, with an additional 5th week for Brazil with 3 game days called “Super Week”.
- Brazil division games take place on Saturdays and Sundays
- Mexico Division games are held on Saturdays and Sundays
- Latin America South Division games are held on Thursdays and Fridays
At the end of each phase, the best teams from each division advance to the LATAM League Stage Finals, a tournament where the best 4 teams have the chance to compete in one of the most prestigious Rainbow Six Siege tournaments in the world, the Six Major to qualify.
Stage 1 of the Brazil Division starts on March 20th, while Stage 1 of the Latin America South Division starts on March 19th and the Mexico Division starts on March 21st.
For the 2021 season, the ASIA-PACIFIC league will continue to be divided into 2 divisions, with the northern division consisting of the northernmost teams in the region, i.e. mainly teams from Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, and the southern division consisting of the southernmost teams of the Region, i.e. from Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Each division will now consist of 8 teams and follow the same competitive format: an online round-robin tournament with best-of-one matches.
In addition to these 2 divisions, Ubisoft will continue to host the South Asia Nationals to give aspiring teams the opportunity to hone their skills and reach the international competitions.
During a stage, each division will have one game day per week for 7 weeks.
- North Division match days are on Thursdays from midnight
- South Division game days take place on Fridays from 8:00 a.m.
The teams in places 2, 3 and 4 of each division will be merged with the 2 best teams in the South Asia Nationals to decide who will get the 2 remaining places for the Six Major in a special playoff weekend.
Ubisoft is also adjusting the R6 SHARE program in the region. All 16 teams, from both the North and South Divisions of the Asia-Pacific League, are now included.
Details on the new plans for the Six Invitational 2021, the associated adjustments to the programs and the Stage 1 calendar as well as the most important updates that are coming for the Rainbow Six E-Sports Leagues in all 4 regions can be found at: http: // rainbow6.com/season2021