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ESL allegedly told pro players to lie to border security

Published: 16/Nov/2019 17:05

by Scott Robertson


Organizers of ESL Poland instructed various Rainbow Six Siege pro players to lie to Japanese border officials in order to enter the country to compete at the Pro League finals, according to a video report from theScore esports.

Problems with borders and visas are unfortunately too common in the world of esports. But it’s rare to see a problem like this unfold as it allegedly has with ESL’s Rainbow Six Pro League.

On the November 9-10 weekend, Ubisoft and ESL held the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League finals in Tokoname, Japan. According to theScore, ESL instructed players to lie at the border to Japanese border agents to avoid visa issues.

Specifically, they were allegedly told to lie about the nature of their visit, by claiming they were traveling to spectate the event rather than compete in it. According to the video, a business visa is required to compete at the event, which some players did not have.

ESLThe R6 Pro League finals stage

Emails released by theScore and redacted of all personal information, show “various general managers” of pro R6 Siege teams asking ESL Poland, the division of ESL that exclusively runs pro R6 Siege, what to do when they arrive at the border.

The reply, reportedly from ESL Poland management, instructs the team to not mention participating in the tournament, and even recommends that the team manager “research some touristy places” to tell the custom officer when asked what they’re doing in Japan.

The video claims that players, coaches, and casters were all told to lie in order to get into Japan. Another alleged email shows that ESL Poland gave the casters similar advice, instructing them to say they’ll be “watching” an esports tournament, and not to use words like “work” or “job.”

On the R6 Pro League subreddit, R6 caster Parker ‘Interro’ Mackay responded to the report by addressing FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas’ visa situation, where each team was forced to substitute players that couldn’t attend because of visa issues.

Interro’s claim from his stream prior to the Pro League finals was that ESL wasn’t solely at fault for the NiP/FaZe situation, because it’s on the teams and managers to get visas sorted out. However, this point is refuted by leaked emails in theScore video and by claims from Latin American players that allege ESL told teams that they would take care of the visas.

When asked directly if he was instructed by ESL to lie at the border, Interro replied: “Simple answer – no.”

ESLNa’Vi raise the championship trophy

ESL responded to the allegations with an apology regarding the hectic visa situation, said that the tourist visa approach “was considered,” and said they attempted to secure “last-minute” visas for NiP and FaZe players. 

Both NiP and FaZe were eliminated from the Pro League finals in the first round in 2-0 losses. Natus Vincere would go on to win the event.

Rainbow Six

How to upgrade Rainbow Six to next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:01 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:12

by Andrew Amos


Rainbow Six: Siege is hitting the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles on December 1. If you’re looking to make the jump, here’s exactly what you need to do to upgrade. The best part is, it’s totally free.

Every title is trying to make the jump to the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S consoles. The next generation is here ⁠— just in time for Christmas ⁠— and while grabbing some new games is always high on the list, old favorites shouldn’t be left behind.

If you’ve picked up a copy of Rainbow Six: Siege for the PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to make the jump to the next-gen consoles on December 1. Here’s how you can upgrade.

Rainbow Six Siege Neon Dawn
Get ready to jump into Siege on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, starting December 1.

How to upgrade Rainbow Six Siege to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

If you own a copy of Rainbow Six on PS4 or Xbox One, you can upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for free ⁠— providing that you upgrade to a console in the same family.

That means the upgrade won’t work if you go from the Xbox One to PS5, or the PS4 to the Xbox Series X. Also, if you own a physical version of Rainbow Six, you won’t be able to transfer to discless consoles.

From there, it’s as simple as linking your console to Ubisoft Connect, downloading the game again, and jumping right into the action. Here’s a full step by step list of what you need to do.

  1. Link your Ubisoft Connect account to your Xbox or PlayStation account here.
  2. Log onto your console and download Rainbow Six Siege (or insert your physical disc).
  3. Launch the game.
Operation Neon Dawn header for Rainbow Six Siege
The launch of Rainbow Six on next-gen consoles on December 1 will likely align with the release of Operation Neon Dawn.

Rainbow Six cross-play and cross-progression confirmed

Once you upgrade your console, you won’t have to start from scratch. Ubisoft have confirmed that Rainbow Six will not only have cross-progression, but also cross-play between console generations.

You’ll keep all your progress, including Operators, in-game items, stats, and more, and you’ll also be able to play with friends if they don’t make the jump to next-gen just yet.

However, cross-play and cross-progression won’t be coming to PC in the near future. While Ubisoft aims on implementing it for the PS5 and Xbox Series X down the line, they will not be available on launch.