2018 is barely starting and it is already looking like a turning point for Rainbow Six's competitive scene. While the biggest tournament in the game's history is underway with its $500,000 cashprize, several organizers are starting to look at the scene to develop the offline events that are painfully lacking.

The first appointment will be in North America, more precisely in Canada. Well known in the Great White North for their events on Counter-Strike, Clash Royale, Call of Duty or several fighting games, the Northern Arena is stepping in. This will be te first time there is such a cashprize for an offline event besides those organized by Ubisoft. 

For this first iteration of the 'Canadian Circuit' the players will first take part in an online phase that will be spread over four weeks. Each Sunday starting from January 13th, the signed-up teams will compete in a bracket tournament to win 1250 CAD and points to qualify for the offline phase. The two teams with the most points at the end of this phase will qualify for the finals that will take place in Montréal on February 15th. Beside the 15,000 CAD split between the two finalists, Northern Arena will take care of all travel and accomodation expenses and will offer two visiting tickets for the Six Invitational that will take place at the same time.