Rainbow Six Siege esports is going great: the biggest event just finished

Rainbow Six Siege as an esport was all but dead when a dedicated team of developers managed to breathe some new life into it. They managed to turn the game into a functional esport with an incredibly dedicated fanbase and regular esports tournaments.

Even three years after its inception, the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational is going strong. The 2020 iteration of the event saw the first North American victory since its debut – Spacestation Gaming managed to win big.

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The finale of the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational 2020

In an exciting final match, Spacestation Gaming went up against Ninjas in Pyjamas, a Brazilian team and managed to defeat them. The last two years saw wins by PENTA esports and G2 esports respectively – some big names in the Rainbow Six scene.

The result came with a pretty big cash prize as well – the grand prize for the winners this year was a cool $1 million. Of course, they also earned the bragging rights of calling themselves the best players in the Rainbow Six Siege esports – that’s no small feat either.

The Montreal-based tournament was a huge hit, in no small part because of the epic competitors – names like Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Fnatic, Team SoloMid and more all competed for the big prize, not that the lower tier prizes were anything to scoff at.

The second-placed NIP still received almost half a million USD, and even the lowest-ranked teams went home with $60.000 each. Though we’re not far into the calendar year, it’s already been a great year for Rainbow Six Siege as an esport – and it’s only up from here.

A bright future awaits

Since the RSS Invitational already happened, fans are looking towards the next season already – we know a fair bit about the plans for the game after the current season finishes. That would be Season 11 and it’s ending in May.

Ubisoft announced that after May, there would be some significant changes towards a more region-based system. Four main regions – North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific will each see their own programs, formats and more.

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The developers have been quiet about specifics and said almost nothing about how all of this would feed into the global esport, but we do know that we have something to look forward to – there will be, among other things, an overhauled points system that will reward teams for certain plays and wins.

The new system is set to offer additional challenges for teams, and pave the way for newer and smaller teams – cumulative points will decide who gets to join the big events and who doesn’t. That means that even famous and skilled teams aren’t guaranteed entry into tournaments – it’s all based on skills and points.

Well, at least that’s what the current info on the future of Rainbow Six Siege esports suggests. What the reality will look like remains to be seen – more information is expected no later than May from Ubisoft.