As usual at international events, Ubisoft used the Six Major as an opportunity to reveal its plans concerning Rainbow Six esport.
First of all, Ubisoft announced that fans from the whole world will be able to gather in Montréal for the Six Invitational in February 2019. It will be the third occurence of the event in which both Continuum (2017) and Penta (2018) have already been crowned. The cashprize will be the biggest ever for a Siege event as the teams will share $650.000, to which will be added a share of the revenues from team skins linked to the Pilot Program. It is the wish of many people to see the prizepool exceed $1 Million, as it would be a very telling landmark for the progress of Rainbow Six esport. 16 teams will be competing, including the 8 finalists of Pro League season 8, 5 teams coming from Open Qualifiers as well as the winners of DreamHack Montréal, of DreamHack Winter (Sweden) and of the Six Major Paris (G2 Esports). It will push teams to play at their best level in the DreamHack minors, with the first one taking place in Montréal from the 7th to the 9th of September.
Ubisoft has also revealed more details about DreamHack Montréal which is coming up in September. BootKamp, Chaos, Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, Millenium, Mock-it, Mousesports, Noble Esport, Rogue, Team Secret, SK Gaming and Spacestation Gaming will all be invited straight into the main bracket. Four more spots will be available to teams from the BYOC (Bring your own computer) bracket.
As for the Challenger League, Ubisoft is planning on uniformising its format with the Pro League. It will therefore be played in a Round Robin League format, but only over a period of 3 months. CL players will need to be extremely resilient as they will have to play mutliple matches in the same evening. These games will be casted by amateur ESL community casters. This will allow a significantly higher amount of games to be casted.
Ubisoft also confirmed gave more insight into the Pro League Season 8 finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The prizepool will be $275.000 and the tickets are already on sale on the Rainbow Six website.
These new things are very promissing for the future of the game and prove once more that our beloved game is still growing.