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New dates for Rainbow Six Invitational 2021 revealed: full details

Published: 21/Feb/2021 20:40 Updated: 21/Feb/2021 20:41

by Andrew Amos

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After being postponed from its original date in February 2021, the Rainbow Six Invitational will be returning in May 2021. It will replace the first Six Major of the year, with the $3 million prize pool set to stay.


  • French travel restrictions initially forced Ubisoft to postpone the Six Invitational
  • Exact dates and location are yet to be announced
  • $3 million prize pool set to remain

Rainbow Six Invitational to return in May 2021

The Six Invitational is the peak of all Rainbow Six competition. Each year, the world’s best descend into one place to fight for Sledge’s Hammer. However, in 2021, the competition is going to be different to previously.

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The Six Invitational was pushed back from its regular dates in February to May 2021. This will impact the start of the 2021 season and the first Six Major, however, Ubisoft are dedicated to putting on the biggest event of the year ⁠— even if it’s a bit late.

Exact dates and locations are yet to be confirmed. Paris was set to host the Six Invitational in 2021, but it was pushed back due to travel restrictions. These changes could mean the Siege world championships could move back to Montreal, where it has been played since 2016.

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The same 20 teams who qualified for the original event will return to the stage as Ubisoft looks to put on its first international LAN in over 12 months. This includes Wildcard, who were forced to pull out after the Australian government stopped them from traveling overseas to compete.

Fnatic and BDS playing at Six Invitational 2020
João Ferreira for Ubisoft
The Six Invitational could be returning to Montreal after a brief detour to Paris.

Six Invitational 2021 teams

Despite the postponement, these teams will be lining up to compete whenever the event eventually goes ahead.

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Reigning champions Spacestation Gaming are will be out to defend their title, while hungry challengers like TSM, DarkZero, and G2 Esports will be fighting to prove themselves on the world stage.

There’s a few dark horses though. Without Fnatic, Wildcard, or Nora-Rengo, the heart of APAC will be carried by the likes of Giants and Cloud9, who will be looking to live up to their predecessors’ names.

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Latin American talent Ninjas in Pyjamas will be looking to make up for their heartbreaking loss in the grand final in 2020 too.

Team Region Players
BDS Esport Europe Shaiiko, Renshiro, RaFaLe, Elemzje, BriD
Cloud9 APAC EnvyTaylor, Static, Nova, Harp3r, SyAIL
DarkZero Esports NA Mint, Hotancold, Hyper, Skys, Ecl9pse
FaZe Clan Brazil Astro, yoona, ion, live, KDS
G2 Esports Europe Pengu, Kantoraketti, UUNO, CTZN, Virtue
Giants Gaming APAC Lunarmetal, Ysaera, HysteRiX, SpeakEasy, jrdn
MIBR Brazil Cyb3r, soulz1, Bullet1, MKing, cameram4n
Ninjas in Pyjamas Brazil Kamikaze, Psycho, julio, Muzi, pino
Oxygen Esports NA FoxA, LaXIng, VertcL, Slashug, B1ologic
Spacestation Gaming NA Thinkingnade, Rampy, Bosco, Fultz, Canadian
Team Empire Europe ShepparD, JoyStiCK, Scyther, Dan, Always
Team Liquid Brazil nesk, xS3xyCake, psk1, Paluh, HSnamuringa
Team oNe eSports Brazil reduct, Faallz, LuKid, Rappz, FelipoX
TSM NA Achieved, Merc, Beaulo, Geometrics, Chala
Virtus.pro Europe wTg, Rask, Shockwave, p4sh4, m1loN
Cyclops athlete gaming APAC Anitun, SuzuC, gatorada, BlackRay, Ayagator
Mkers Europe Lollo, Gemini, Scatto, Aqui, Sasha
Altiora NA Spiritz, Sonar, Euphoria, Eskaa, P3NGU1N
FURIA Esports Brazil Bersa, LENDA, h1ghs, Novys, Miracle

Six Invitational 2021 format changes

The Six Invitational has expanded to 20 teams in 2021. Two groups of 10 will duke it out for 16 spots in the playoffs. The group stage will be entirely best-of-ones, while the double-elimination playoffs will be best-of-threes until the grand final, which is set to be a best-of-five.

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The prize pool for the Six Invitational 2021 will be partially crowdfunded. Starting at $500,000, Ubisoft will cap it at $3 million based on the purchase of the Road to S.I. 2021 Battle Pass in-game. Up to $1 million will go to the winners.