R6 Siege World Cup Announced + Updated Team Rankings
Players from 45 countries and regions will compete in the championship. At the beginning of 2021, the publisher and developer themselves will organize the Qualifier Stages.
It's been a while since we've last talked about Rainbow Six Siege esports, though the discipline is growing and evolving every day. Still, the Coronavirus pandemic forced Ubisoft to divide the annual summer Major into regional online parts. Nevertheless, they have announced the Rainbow Six Siege World Cup, which will take place in the Summer of 2021. Players from 45 countries and regions will compete in the championship. At the beginning of 2021, the publisher and developer themselves will organize the Qualifier Stages.
Tony Parker, former Spurs, and France player and four-time NBA champion is the tournament's ambassador.
Regarding 45 teams, Ubisoft stated that 14 will get direct invites while the other 31 will compete in the Qualifiers to determine six more teams. The following countries will get direct invites:
- Chinese Taipei
- South Korea
Organizing a World Cup is a rare thing in esports. Among all the top titles, only Blizzard hosts the Overwatch World Cup, while Riot Games dropped the idea in League of Legends years earlier. It will be an interesting experience for both participants and viewers. If the idea survives and thrives, we might see other major esports titles follow the example of R6 Siege.
Team Rankings now are regional
And you know why, sadly. Although, Siege.gg has recently released an updated list of the best Rainbow Six Siege teams there are. There are four regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. All the ratings were formed after August Six Major, the first-ever completely online big R6S event, ended.
BDS Esport are obviously the first-placers here thanks to winning their region. G2 Esports were the silver-medalists there and are now placed second, while Virtus.pro managed to hit third position even though they are not in peak of the form right now.
North America is considered the most complex, dense, and strong region. Top-placers here are often considered as favorites in any type of R6S tournaments, and you can see by the points gap that everything can change very quickly.
The Brazilians from Ninjas in Pyjamas reclaimed their reign after winning their regional Six Major recently. The list is dominated by Brazilian players, by the way — these folks always knew how to play Siege.
Congratulations to Cloud9 on taking the first place, while the most shocking thing is Fnatic dropping to fifth, deservedly though.
Bonus: Agent Zero to the rescue
In case you missed it, Ubisoft has added Sam Fisher (the legendary Splinter Cell main character) as a playable character to the game. You can read all the information about the new Operator here.