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First ever Rainbow Six World Cup revealed: teams, dates, format, more

Published: 11/Sep/2020 2:05

by Andrew Amos

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We all know who the best team in the world is in Rainbow Six, well, when Six Invitational rocks around at least. But which nation produces the best talent? Get ready to show some national pride, as Ubisoft is launching the first ever Rainbow Six World Cup in 2021.

There’s one thing to cheer on your favorite team. Allegiances to organizations like SpaceStation, G2, and Fnatic know no global boundaries in Siege.

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However, there’s a whole other level of fandom ⁠— national pride. It comes out at the Six Invitational, or any major Rainbow Six event. No matter which teams are in the final, often fans will cheer for their local legends.

“We noticed during our events that both professional players and fans showcased their national pride and enthusiasm,” said François-Xavier Dénièle, Esports Director at Ubisoft. “As we saw all the different flags in the audience and international rivalries emerge, we began nurturing the idea of creating such a competition.”

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Ubisoft is finally bringing that fandom even closer to home. Following in the footsteps of the Overwatch World Cup, the PUBG Nations Cup, and other tournaments like it, Siege is finally getting its first World Cup in 2021, and it’s truly going global.

For the first time in Siege history, 45 nations will take part in the Rainbow Six World Cup in the hopes of being named the top nation in Rainbow Six globally. It’s the first country-based tournament at this major level for Rainbow Six.

“The Rainbow Six World Cup is a unique and unprecedented opportunity for fans to share their love, pride and unconditional support with the team that will represent them on the worldwide stage,” Ubisoft said in the September 10 announcement at Ubisoft Forward.

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Which teams will be competing in the Rainbow Six World Cup?

45 nations will be participating in Ubisoft’s first World Cup for Rainbow Six. Of those 45, 14 teams will be directly invited into the finals. 31 other nations will be invited to five different regional qualifiers, with six spots on the line to round out the 20-team event.

All nations with major regional leagues have already been given a spot in the final stage, like the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and a handful of European nations. You can find a full list of participating teams below:

Directly invited to final stage

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

EU qualifier (2 spots in final stage)

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

LATAM qualifier (1 spot in final stage)

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru

APAC North qualifier (1 spot in final stage)

  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

APAC South qualifier (1 spot in final stage)

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

Middle East and Africa qualifier (1 spot in final stage)

  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Saudi Arabia
Spacestation Gaming after winning Six Invitational 2020
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Fan favorites like SpaceStation Gaming will be split into two at the Rainbow Six World Cup.

When is the first Rainbow Six World Cup?

The Rainbow Six World Cup is a near year-long affair. Starting on September 14, the team selection process will begin. Three managers will be picked by Ubisoft, players, and the community to help run the team. They’ll then select the five players to represent their nation at the World Cup.

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In the early months of 2021, the five global qualifiers to determine the final six seeds will take place. While Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed the dates, it’s likely they’ll take place around the time of the Six Invitational in February.

Then, 20 teams will converge in a potential LAN final stage mid-way through 2021. This will likely fall sometime after the first Major of 2021 in June, before Stage 2 of pro play kicks off. These dates are all speculative though, and nothing has been confirmed by Ubisoft outside of general windows.

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Rainbow Six Siege is finally going free-to-play on Xbox Game Pass

Published: 19/Oct/2020 3:51 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 5:35

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Rainbow Six Siege is a little under five years old, but the tactical shooter is still one of the most popular games on the market. Its player base is about to even bigger too after it looks set to become free-to-play on Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass has been making strides in recent months. It started as a decent range of in-house exclusives. Now, it’s grown into a stacked list of amazing titles including everything from Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy XV, and Forza Motorsport 7 to Nier: Automata. 

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It even had Red Dead Redemption 2, although it was only available between May and September. Still, it’s a pretty good deal since you’re only paying a pocketful of money each month. 

Now, it looks like it’s about to get a whole lot better.

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The official Xbox Game Pass Twitter account tweeted an interesting ‘teaser’ image, which made them seem absolutely bonkers at first.

However, if you break it down a little further, you might be able to figure out the hidden message behind it.

The rainbows stand out the most, and there are six of them in total. They’re floating above a castle, which looks to be under ‘siege’ from a small army and a trebuchet. All in all, it can only mean one thing. Rainbow Six Siege is coming to Xbox Game Pass.

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Of course, there hasn’t been an official statement yet. But if that image doesn’t mean what we think it does, then we’re well and truly baffled.

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Some of the amazing games that have been added to Xbox Game Pass this month.

Rainbow Six Siege has been around for a while now, but it’s still one of the most popular competitive games in the world. It also had a brilliant competitive scene.

It’s unique in the sense that it’s highly tactical and all about intense close-quarter siege combat. Some might find it a little slow and realistic, but that’s exactly what makes it appealing to many. The fact its player base is still going strong says it all.

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Either way, now that Rainbow Six Siege looks set to become free-to-play on Xbox Game Pass, there’s no reason to not try it.

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Rainbow Six Siege will be coming to next-gen consoles as well.

Once it’s all made official, existing players will love to have you on board. Some might show you the ropes, while others will make your life hell.

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All is fair and love is war in one of the most genuine and authentic shooters to date.