ESL introduces Rainbow Six® Siege Pro League
The top-eight teams from North America and Europe on both PC and Xbox One will be invited to take part in the inaugural pro league season. After the regular season concludes, the top-two teams from both regions and platforms will be invited to compete at the Season Finals, where they can battle it out for the championship title and the $100,000 prize pool.
Fans will be able to see a taste of competitive action just days before the pro league starts, with the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship taking place on March 4. The event will feature eight Rainbow Six® Siege matches from the European PC competition.
eSportsNation’s staff had the opportunity to test out the R6S closed beta back in September 2015. After hours of playing the team-based shooter, our members came up with the obvious conclusion that the game is eSports-focused and would eventually “join the ranks of both the familiar Battlefield® 4 and Counter-Strike®: Global Offensive titles as a five vs. five” title.
Through the covert collaboration of developer Ubisoft and eSports tournament organizer ESL, the Rainbow Six® Siege community will finally be able to participate – either through playing or spectating – in a global competition program that’s seen in multiple eSports titles.
“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege was built from the ground up with competition in mind,” said Xavier Marquis, creative director of Rainbow Six® Siege at Ubisoft Montreal. “We’re excited to partner with ESL, one of the biggest names in esports, to deliver a league for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege fans to compete and enjoy the game they love.”
ESL Vice President of Gaming Communities David Hiltscher mentioned that ESL is growing in the atmosphere of eSports through professional leagues. “ESL Pro Leagues have become synonymous with professional gaming across the esports industry. We are delighted to add Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege to the lineup of games, and are excited for what is sure to be a great opening season of play. Our online ESL Play community has rallied around Rainbow Six Siege competition, and we’re sure that with our partners at Ubisoft and Microsoft, we can take the Pro League to the next level.”
Players who are 18 years or older can register on ESL Play’s Rainbow Six page to take part in the upcoming weekly R6S community cups, for their chance at gaining a spot in the league.
The pro league will be broadcasted live on Rainbow Six’s Twitch.tv channel, with videos on demand available on their YouTube page following the weekly streams. For more R6S Pro League information, visit Rainbow Six’s website - http://Rainbow6.com.
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