Ubisoft supporting more Rainbow Six Siege teams in next Pilot Program phase
More Rainbow Six Siege Pro League teams will be officially supported in 2019, with incentives for both players and organizations. The news marks Phase 2 of Ubisoft’s Pilot Program, a revenue-sharing initiative out to create greater esports sustainability for the first-person tactical shooter.
These revenue sources include Pro League items and Pro Team items, where 30% of the net revenue will be respectively split or shared with the teams. There’s also an arrangement for the Road to SI (Six Invitational) event, with 30% of the net revenues going towards the prize pool.
Running from June 2019 to May 2020, Phase 2 will encompass both Season XI and XII of the Pro League. Ubisoft have also updated their selection criteria for “committed and proven esports organizations” to bring the total number of supported teams up to 16.
A detailed application brief may be found at the official site, with applications closing on April 16, 2019, at 5AM SGT.
How did Phase 1 go?
Ubisoft supported 10 teams in Phase 1 last year: mousesports, Team Vitality, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan, Immortals, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, Fnatic, Evil Geniuses, and Rogue. Revenue from the debut Pilot Program provided a significant boost to tournament funds, with the Six Invitational 2019 in February breaking Rainbow Six Siege records at US$2M (~S$2.7M).
What’s it like at home?
While there is a strong R6S following in Southeast Asia, none of the regional teams have managed to break onto the world stage yet.
There are currently six Pro League (Season IX) teams from SEA, with Singaporean players in four of them. Only Generic Void eSports boasts a fully homegrown line-up, with Singapore-based Aerowolf proving to be a capable challenger in recent months. However, it’s Thailand’s Xavier Esports that has consistently taken the gold at minors and qualifiers in SEA, and the likely team to tackle APAC at large.
For us regular gamers, Rainbow Six Siege received its Operation Burnt Horizon update earlier this month, bringing two new operators, a new map, and playlist updates.