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New evidence suggests Ubisoft set to franchise Rainbow Six Siege esports

Published: 26/Mar/2019 16:55 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 17:18

by Connor Bennett

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Could Rainbow Six Siege become the next esports title to move to the franchising model? A new job listing from Ubisoft makes it look possible.

Franchising has seemingly become all the rage in esports with Call of Duty set to be the next title to follow the path already set by League of Legends and Overwatch.

Siege, which is still a pretty niche title when it comes to competitive play, could be set to join them as new evidence shows that Ubisoft has begun their search for a Senior Manager of their in-house esports team.

UbisoftG2 Esports currently dominate the Siege scene.

The developer, which has never really had a huge esports title in the past, continues to support the competitive scene through regular updates, helping host the game’s Pro League and their own Invitational major event.

In one listing on Hitmarker Jobs, Ubisoft says they are looking for a manager to join their esports division and, amongst other things, take part in “developing, implementing, executing and reporting on our competitive strategy and tactics.”

The listing also states that the successful candidate will help the “development of strategic business plans for franchise esports programs.” Currently, Ubisoft’s only big esports franchise is Rainbow Six – seeing as the Assassins Creed scene never got off the ground.

DreamhackSiege is currently open to a number of tournaments organizers including Dreamhack

The game already has a somewhat franchise-lite model when it comes to revenue sharing – but looks set to dive head first into an Overwatch League-like franchise.  

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    It remains to be seen if the game, currently dominated by G2 Esports’ team, makes a further step towards franchising or if it’ll continue to follow the CS:GO model in having an open and competitive ecosystem, but this new job listing is very curious indeed. 

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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.