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Ubisoft explain why they didn’t franchise Rainbow Six Pro League

Published: 27/May/2020 5:18 Updated: 27/May/2020 7:20

by Andrew Amos

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With Rainbow Six Pro League undergoing a major transformation, Ubisoft had the opportunity to follow other games and franchise it. However, they chose not to, citing the grassroots experience as the core of their tactical FPS shooter.

The new regional league system is slowly being revealed, with the new Asia Pacific (APAC) league being dropped on May 26. With the region now split into two ⁠— APAC North and APAC South ⁠— the top level of play is likely to be more competitive.

However, there’s still a chance that teams can be relegated. In other titles like League of Legends, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike, franchising has been introduced to promote stability. But in Rainbow Six, they’ve kept promotion and relegation, assisting teams in other ways.

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Rainbow Six esports is undergoing a massive restructure.

In an interview with Dexerto, Ubisoft’s Esports Director Francois-Xavier Deniele said they wanted the road to the Six Invitational to be clear for anyone ⁠— no matter their current rank.

“For me, it’s a question of ‘steps’,” Deniele told Dexerto. “We want something as clear as possible for someone starting from ranked, to semi-pro, to national, to pro.”

Even with some regions going onto a LAN environment, like North America, Ubisoft opted to not franchise teams into long-term agreements. Instead, they expanded their Pilot Program to give revenue sharing to all teams.

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Some regions are moving onto LAN, even without franchising.

“With this new program, we will have a much larger coverage of the revenue-sharing and all of the ecosystem,” said Jeremy Somville, Senior Esports Manager at Ubisoft. “We decided to integrate all of the teams that were at the top of all regional levels.”

“It’s a program for four years, so during this four years, we will also have relegations and promotions. It’ll always be a program for the teams at the top regional level, so if someone is relegated, they can lose their spot and be replaced by the new team being promoted.”

There will be different levels of in-game support on offer for almost all teams competing in their respective regional leagues. APAC South is the only region without full coverage, however, there’s still always the hopes of further expansion.

“There’s a lot of teams in the ecosystem, and we cannot give a top team the same level of support compared to a smaller team in the ecosystem, but also on the other side, we can’t ask of them the same criteria,” Somville added.

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The Pilot Program has been expanded to 44 teams.

How the Pilot Program will look is still yet to be decided. Ubisoft will be liaising with teams to give them the in-game cosmetics and items they want, for the operators they want. However, how the support will be divided up still remains unclear.

Regardless, this is only an approach for now, and they will be looking to adapt to each region specifically.

“There is no one approach ⁠— let’s see what happens in the future, and we will look to improve our system to answer the questions of the community and adapt to the local market,” stated Deniele.

The new APAC League will feature a North and South division. APAC North features the 12 best teams from Japan, Korea, and South East Asia, including Fnatic, Nora Rengo, and Giants Gaming.

APAC South will combine South Asia (India and Bangladesh) with Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).

The new regional league system will kick off in late June, in the lead-up to the proposed international events later this year. While they are yet to be cancelled, Ubisoft are looking into alternatives for the August and November majors, set to be held in NA and Europe.

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Cyclops Athlete Gaming avoid ban after throwing Rainbow Six match

Published: 21/Nov/2020 4:03

by Andrew Amos

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One of APAC’s most prestigious Rainbow Six teams, Cyclops Athlete Gaming, has avoided disqualifications and suspensions after the team was found guilty of throwing a Pro League match to get better seeding.

Cyclops Athlete Gaming were put under the microscope after the team admitted to throwing a Rainbow Six match in the APAC North League to secure better seeding for the November Major.

In their October 22 game against QConfirm, the CAG players intentionally picked off-meta compositions and played below their level. If they lost, they could secure second seed heading into the Major, as Cloud9 would no longer be able to finish above them due to the nature of the Swiss format.

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Cyclops Athlete Gaming have avoided any major punishment after they were found guilty of throwing a Rainbow Six match.

Now, a month later, Ubisoft has finally handed down their judgment on the throw, claiming the team’s “unusual conduct” broke the global ruleset, regardless of whether losing was to their benefit or not.

“Unusual conduct was noticed from players on the Cyclops Athlete Gaming team during their match against QConfirm. Various actions made by their players brought into question the seriousness with which they were playing this league game,” Ubisoft stated.

“The investigation conducted with the help of our partner in the region showed that Cyclops Athlete Gaming acted in a non-competitive manner that strictly goes against the Global Rulebook.”

However, Ubisoft were lenient in their punishments for the throw. They noted that Cyclops acted in their own best interests, and their actions revealed a flaw in the system.

The players themselves managed to escape suspensions, and the organization as a whole will be able to compete in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Major. However, coach Hibiki ‘XQQ’ Motoyama was banned by Ubisoft for six months for admitting to throwing matches on Twitter.

XQQ left his post at Cyclops Athlete Gaming days after the drama, and is now the coach of Absolute Jupiter’s Valorant team. It’s unclear if Riot are going to transfer XQQ’s coaching ban in Rainbow Six to Valorant.

The organization was fined $5,000 USD.

Cyclops Athlete Gaming will also retain their second seed for the November APAC Major. They will play the winner of GUTS Gaming and Cloud9 on November 25.