FPS fans will have an action packed week as Ubisoft dives further to the Esports scene with their The Six Invitational on February 13-18 at the TOHU, Montreal, Canada.
What is The Six Invitational?
The Six Invitational celebrates the anniversary of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege release. It will be the culmination of the Rainbow Six Pro League, bringing together 16 of the best R6S Pro teams from four regions of the Pro League across the globe to compete for the lion’s share of the $500,000 prize pool. It will also be a great gathering for fans, players, streamers and all the people who contributed to the title’s continuing success across all its gaming platforms.
Nice, but I never played Rainbow Six.
For those unfamiliar, Rainbow Six Siege is a strategic FPS game. Your characters called Operators are distinctive Counter Terrorist Units from around the globe who are assembled to protect humanity from terrorism threats. Each Operators have a unique trait or ability of their own – aside from a selection of available weapons and items players can equip to them.
Maps feature a destructive system where players can break structures with various methods such as planting explosives on them or shooting through them. The environments of the game feature a layered material system, in which environmental objects of different materials show different reactions to player’s attack. These mechanisms create an ever-changing environment on the map, requiring players to deliver a creative and more tactical approach to their strategies and executions.
There are three main game modes in the game, ‘Multiplayer’ (PvP) which is a clash between operators categorized between attackers and defenders, ‘Terrorist Hunt’ (PvE) where players can go solo or co-op against swarming AI terrorists, and ‘Situations’, which is basically the tutorial for the game. There is also the upcoming ‘Outbreak’, which is a coop mode where players have to deal with an epidemic infested area filled with ‘zombies’.
So Six is actually an esport?
Ubisoft is hands on with the Pro League’s activities, revealing their plans for the game through 2020. They unveiled a new structure designed to boost growth in the Rainbow Six esports scene as seen in the picture.
Starting June 2018, the Rainbow Six Pro League will be split in two Seasons from June to November 2018 and December 2018 to May 2019 where eight teams will compete on their respective seasons for an annual prizepool of $275,000.
There will be two annual Majors, one being the Six Invitational each February and a “Six Major” tournament – which shares form with the Invitational – that will take place in August.
Ok, but how can I try it out?
If you’re yet to get into Rainbow Six’s tense multiplayer action, Ubisoft will launch a free weekend running along with the Six Invitational. PC players can enjoy full access to all maps, modes, and operators from February 15-18 while Xbox One and Playstation 4 gamers get additional 2 days.
Siege will also be down to 50% off. Ubisoft will later announce the duration of the sale. But what’s guaranteed is that player progress from the free weekend will carry over after purchase of the full game – starter edition doesn’t count.
Cool, now where can we see all these action?
Fans and newcomers can watch the rest of the games on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/rainbow6). For further details on Siege’s esport scene, visit https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com/siege/en-us/events/sixinvitational/index.aspx.
In addition to all Six Invitational action, a full reveal for the upcoming Operation Chimera and Outbreak event is slated for February 18 – before the grand finals of the games.