One esports that has been a pioneer in history is undoubtedly Rainbow 6. But it has not been able to reach the maximum level of popularity like other shooters, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and VALORANT, despite the latter being released only two years ago.
We do not know if it is the gameplay, the game’s development, or simply the team’s level, but Rainbow 6 seems to be getting closer and closer to being in danger of extinction.
The community has not supported this iconic video game
In 2022, Ubisoft and different organizers did their best to attract people to the various events that were played. Some even had prizes of up to $500,000.
But the fans were not that interested. Not even at the Six Invitational, which is the Rainbow 6 Siege World Championship and only averaged 121,000 simultaneous spectators.
While this number may seem high, the fact that it is being claimed that the 420k viewers that, on average, watched the BLAST Premier World Finals was a flop in viewership makes the 121k figure terrible.
Because of this, Ubisoft has decided to partner with BLAST for the 2023 season of Rainbow Six Siege.
We are delighted to announce a historical multi-year partnership with Ubisoft across the entire @R6esports ecosystem, from regional programs to international events.
— BLAST (@BLASTEsports) December 12, 2022
BLAST is considered one of the best companies organizing esports events worldwide.
Without going too far, BLAST has created its circuit within the professional CS:GO competitive scene, which is called BLAST Premier and has a total of seven top-level events throughout each season.
Last Sunday, December 18, BLAST closed the 2022 CS:GO season with a magnificent event in which they handed out $1 million to the eight teams that performed the best during the year.
It should also be noted that BLAST will organize the next CS:GO Major to be played in Paris next year.
So, from what we can observe and intuit, this organization knows perfectly well how to entertain and capture the most significant number of esports fans.
BLAST & Rainbow Six Siege
BLAST loves a challenge, and partnering with Ubisoft to organize Rainbow 6 Siege events in 2023 is one of them.
It is likely to positively impact the R6 community, as they will be in charge of organizing different events on a regional and international level.
There will be nine regions that BLAST will cover, so it is very likely that this will help Rainbow 6 Siege to rise from the dead and become much more popular.
The nine regions are:
- North America
- South Korea
- Hispanic Latin America
The vast majority of esports does not have that many regions around the world where events are played on a regional level, redundancy aside.
Arguably, this list can only be compared to Riot Games, which has always tried to keep up with every corner of the world.
R6 circuit start date
According to the schedule announced by Ubisoft, the new Rainbow 6 Siege circuit will run from March 2023 and end in February 2024.
We are now waiting to see if BLAST can deliver on the promises and revive this esports that, while it may be a bit boring for many, is extremely exciting.