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About Rainbow Six

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege first released in 2015, a first-person shooter game developed and published by Ubisoft. 

It was always their intention to develop Rainbow Six as an esports game, and Ubisoft met with the Electronic Sports League’s (ESL) Vice President in 2013 for feedback on making it suitable for competitive gaming.

The first edition of the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Pro League, organized by ESL and Ubisoft, was held at the Intel Extreme Masters eSports tournament in 2016, just about a year after the game’s launch.

Separate events were conducted for XBox One and PC, each with a prize pool of $100,000. PENTA Sports from Europe emerged as the winner after defeating GiFu at the final.

Where you can bet on Rainbow Six

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Rainbow Six Live Streaming & Where to Watch

You can catch live streams of Rainbow Six games on popular streaming sites. You’ll be able to catch the majors tournaments at betting sites such as bet365, Stake and Pinnacle.

The Six Majors and the Six Invitational will be broadcast on popular streaming sites and you can also watch Rainbow Six esports on:

  • The official Rainbow Six Siege channel on YouTube, Rainbow Six Esports
  • The official Rainbow Six Siege channel on Twitch, rainbow6
  • The Rainbow Six section of the Ubisoft website

Rainbow Six eSports Structure

Here’s a quick look at how the Siege esports circuit is structured:

  • There are three official Six Majors conducted over the course of the year, each with a prize pool of $500,000.
  • The Invitational is the biggest Siege event of the year with a $3 million dollar prize pool, and the teams that get to attend it are determined by their points on the Global Standings.
  • Teams can accumulate points from performances in the Majors and their respective Regional Leagues.

Before the Major system came into effect, the premier Siege event was the Pro League. It kicked off in 2016, with three seasons altogether. The next year marked the start of another global tournament, the Six Invitational.  

The Pro League was reduced to two seasons in 2018, while the Six Major was conducted in Paris in 2018. The Major offered a $350,000 prize pool, the highest seen so far for any Siege tournament.

The year 2020 saw big changes to the Siege esports structure. The Pro League was discontinued, and saw its final season and eleventh season played out. Two more Six Majors were held along with the Six Invitational.

By 2021, the prize pool for the Six Invitational had swelled to $3 million. It was originally fixed at $500,000, but the organizers decided to add 30% of the proceeds from Road to S.I. 2022 Battle Pass sales, capped at $3 million. 

Three R6 majors were planned for that year, but the May Major was cancelled so it was reduced to two, held in Sweden and Mexico respectively. 

Ubisoft had announced a Six World Cup that year but it was postponed to 2022, and then cancelled. Three Majors took place that year.

Gamers8 2022 was the first global tournament that was organized by the ESL in collaboration with a third-party, the Saudi Esports Federation. 

It was held in Riyadh, and distributed a $1.2 million prize pool among eight teams from Europe and the Americas. Team BDS won after beating Team Falcons in the final, taking home a $400,000 prize.

Qualification For Rainbow Six Tournaments

The qualification process, since it was revamped in 2020, is similar to that of professional Dota 2 and League of Legends

A total of 20 teams participate in the Six Invitational, the premier event of the year, including the top sixteen teams from the Global Standings - irrespective of their regions - and another four from regional open and closed qualifiers. 

Here’s a brief outline of how the points system for qualification works:

  • An outright win gets 3 points, an overtime win 2 points, and an overtime defeat 1 point.
  • Winning the Regional League finals gets a team 510 points. The runner-up gets 390, third place 330 and fourth place 275.
  • The Regional Leagues represent Europe, North and South America, and Asia-Pacific North and South. This is how they’re structured:
  • Each Regional League involves three group stages and one finals tournament. The top eight teams in the first stage earn GS points, while the winner, runner-up, and semifinalists get direct invites to the Regional League Finals.
  • The top four teams from the Stage 2 and 3 are invited to the second and third Six Majors of the year respectively.
  • The top 8 teams in each stage of the European League, North American League, Copa Elites (Latin American League) earn GS points
  • The top team from the  APAC North and APAC South stages earn GS points
  • The top 6 teams from both APAC North and South Playoffs earn GS points
  • There are three Six Majors held each year, which are contested between 16 teams. These are:
  • The top four teams each from the European League,  North American League, and Copa Elites
  • The top two teams each from the APAC League North and APAC League South

Participation in the Majors will also earn teams GS points, determined by their seed. 

The first seed gets 375 points, the runner-up gets 300, and the semi-finalists get 230 each. 

The teams from 5th-8th seed receive 165 points, 9th-12th gets 105 points each, and the three bottom placed teams get 50 points each.

Best Rainbow Six Teams

Faze Clan have emerged as one of the top professional teams in the Siege circuit.Here are some of their accomplishments at the Majors since the all-Brazilian roster was formed in 2018:

  • 1st place in the Six Sweden Major 2021
  • Runners-up in the Six Berlin Major 2022 and Pro League Season 8 - Finals 2018
  • 3rd seed at the Six Invitational 2022
  • Semi-finalists at the Pro League Season 9 - Finals

Here’s the full list of winners of the Six Invitational:

  • TSM in 2022
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas in 2021
  • Spacestation Gaming in 2020
  • G2 Esports in 2019
  • PENTA Sports in 2018
  • Continuum and Elevate.One in 2017

The following teams have won Majors:

  • Rogue Esports won the Six Berlin Major 2022
  • DarkZero Esports won the Six Charlotte Major 2022
  • FaZe Clan won the Six Sweden Major 2021
  • Team oNe won the Six Mexico Major 2021
  • Team Empire won the Six Major Raleigh 2019
  • G2 Esports won the Six Major Paris 2018