Ubisoft has announced that the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season 8 Finals has been the largest Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six esports event ever organised, gathering more than 8000 fans per day at the Jeunesse Arena in the Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro on 17th – 18th November. These Finals have illustrated the fast-paced growth of Rainbow 6 as an the esport, which is filling up massive venues. The event also showcased the unique fondness of Brazilians for esports and especially Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, in a country where the Grand Finale was also broadcasted live on the major local sport TV channel, SporTV.
The Pro League Season 8 Finals crowned favourites G2 Esports, but each match told its own story. The Quarter Finals were particularly dramatic, with not one but two Asia-Pacific region teams qualifying for an international semi-final event. There were surprise victories from Nora-Rengo (Japan) against Rogue (NA), and FNATIC (Australia) over NA top team Evil Geniuses, despite the absence of FNATIC’s star player Etienne “Magnet” Rousseau, who was replaced by their coach, Jayden “Dizzle” Saunders. Both Asia-Pacific teams were then defeated by the two top teams: G2 Esports (Europe) and home team, FaZe Clan. Fighting it out in an unprecedented Grand Finale, the local team were defeated by G2 Esports 2-0 (6-4, 6-2). To find more details on the competition, please check our articles at http://www.rainbow6.com/esports.
All the Pro League Season 8 action can be relived on VOD via dedicated channels: https://www.twitch.tv/rainbow6
RIO’S ESPORTS PANEL UNVEILED NEW TEAM UNIFORMS AND ANNOUNCED A MINIMUM ONE MILLION DOLLARS PRIZE POOL FOR THE SIX INVITATIONAL 2019
The Pro League Season 8 also hosted a panel filled with key announcements for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six fans. The Pilot Program team uniforms have been unveiled, allowing fans to support their favourite teams thanks to the revenue-share initiative led by Ubisoft, following the same model as teams weapon skins and charms unveiled at the Six Major Paris. The first skins will be available with the Wind Bastion update.
It has also been confirmed that the Six Invitational 2019 prize pool reached an unprecedented number of One Million Dollars, a figure still growing based on the Pilot Program scheme.
Here is a complete recap of the esports related announcement made during yesterday’s panel, live from Rio de Janeiro.
These Finals were also the first to introduce our new key partner, PayPal, as official payment platform partner. This key partnership, which illustrates the title’s esports continued expansion, will extend from November 2018 through November 2019 across North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Read more details in our dedicated blog post. PayPal joins a pool of prestigious key partners, including Lenovo Legion™ and HyperX®, the gaming division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc. The partnership with HyperX also just got renewed. Read more details here.