The Rainbow Six Siege league is a successor to the previous Rainbow Six Pro League, and is part of an effort to develop regionalised leagues for the tactical first-person shooter.
The new Rainbow Six esports global structure will feature four regional leagues across Europe, North America, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Each regional league will span three stages of league play, each lasting five weeks, and teams will earn points towards the global standings.
This will qualify teams for Six Major events, and lead into the season-ending Six Invitational world championship. There will also be a European League Championship featuring the top four teams as aggregated across the three regular-season stages.
The Rainbow Six European League will begin play on June 22nd and feature 10 teams, with the eight Pro League teams carried over along with the top two teams from the European Challenger League. Because of the transition from the Pro League, the 2020 season will only include two regular season stages, rather than the normal three.
Ubisoft will also expand the European Rainbow Six Siege esports ecosystem by creating a clearer path to the European League through national leagues and the Challenger League.
Along with the announcement of the new league, Ubisoft has also announced the creation of a new Paris studio for European League and Challenger League broadcasts. Players will still compete remotely online, but broadcast talent will be centralised at the Paris studio. Various broadcast enhancements have been announced for the new league.
The new studio will not be fully completed in time for start of play on June 22nd, so viewers will see a “light” version of the studio until current circumstances surrounding the pandemic allow for construction to be completed.
Esports Insider says: Rainbow Six esports has grown significantly in recent years, and Ubisoft’s new regional approach should help generate even more local excitement and interest. We’re looking forward to seeing this new Paris studio in action.