Rainbow Six Siege Announces Big Changes to 2021 Competitive Scene

Changes coming to the competitive scene.
Changes coming to the competitive scene. Ubisoft

Rainbow Six Siege announced that the Six Invitational 2021 has been postponed to May of this year. It had originally been scheduled this month but was moved mainly due to travel restrictions implemented in France. Except for the new dates, there were no other changes.

This means the 20 teams that qualified still have their slots. Besides, the prize money remains the same as well with the cap set at $3 million.

Changes to Six Major 2021

By postponing the Six Invitational 2021 to May, it effectively moved the Six Major as well. There’s still the prize money, along with the Global Points, which are awarded to teams from all four regions based on how they performed in Stage 1 of Season 2021. Each region offers a pool of $125,000 divided into:

  • 1st place: $62,500
  • 2nd place: $31,250
  • 3rd place: $18,750
  • 4th place: $12,500

Meanwhile, the top eight teams for each region at the end of Stage 1 are given these points for Global Standings:

  • 1st place: 510
  • 2nd place: 390
  • 3rd place: 330
  • 4th place: 275
  • 5th place: 225
  • 6th place: 180
  • 7th place: 140
  • 8th place: 115

No date has been announced when the Six Major is going to happen. However, the start date for Stage 1 in each region got adjusted to:

  • European League: March 18
  • North American League: March 24
  • Latin American League: March 19
  • Asia-Pacific League: March 18

Updates in the esports Programs

According to a press release, Ubisoft made some changes to the R6 esports programs, and this is all based on the community feedback and learnings from last year. These include:

  • Draws Removal
    • Rather than ending games with a tie, matches are now decided with best-of-three overtimes.
  • Extended Rosters
    • Teams can now have two different rosters.
    • This is to ensure that teams can compete not only at the Regional level but also at the National level.
    • Each roster should have at least five players with a dedicated coach.
    • Once registered, the roster is locked until the next Transfer Window.
  • Coaching Timeout
    • Coaches now have the opportunity to pause the game and discuss the strategy with their players.
  • ​Update on tiebreakers
    • If two teams have the same number of points in the regional standings, a new set of tiebreakers apply in these order, to determine which team makes it to the Six Major:
      • Head-to-head: whichever had better results in head-to-head matchups qualify.
      • Round difference: whichever had a better round differential throughout the stage qualify.
      • Match Win percentage: whichever had a higher victory percentage throughout the stage qualify.
      • Round win percentage: whichever had a higher round win percentage qualify.
    • ​Tiebreaker match: If these filters cannot name a winner, a special match is conducted to determine who qualifies for the Major.

Learn more about the changes happening to the R6 Siege esports scene for 2021 here .

Those looking for the other R6 Siege updates, we've got you covered. You can read about what's coming in Year 6 here and the Crimson Heist here.

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