Today, Ubisoft announced details around the upcoming Asia-Pacific League for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Esports, featuring two regional divisions, the North Division and the South Division, each of them following its own competitive structure.
The Asia-Pacific North Division will gather a total of 12 teams – from Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia – that will compete in a single online league. At the end of each stage, based on match results, the six best teams from the North Division standings will progress to the Asia-Pacific League Playoffs, where teams from the North and South Divisions will gather and compete for the top placings in the Asia-Pacific League and 4 ticket to the Six Major.
For this first 2020 Season, the teams competing in the North Division are:
- Cyclops Athlete Gaming
- FAV Gaming
- Giants Gaming
- GUTS Gaming
- NORA Rengo
- Talon Esports
- Xavier Esports
- 7th Heaven
With the 2020 Season, Ubisoft will take a first major step in revamping the viewing experience of its esports leagues and will inaugurate a brand-new and cutting-edge broadcast studio for the Asia-Pacific North Division matches, broadcast in English, as well as the European League and European Challenger League. While the matches will be happening online for the pro teams, the crew of talents will gather in France, in the Greater Paris area, to cast from this new studio. To name a few additions viewers can expect:
- Premium tools and material to assist the talents while they cast.
- A dedicated analyst area that will allow the crew to provide in-depth information.
- New types of content on top of the action-packed show the pro teams will put on during their matches, such as debates, editorial pieces, interactive content and more.
- Tech improvements backstage, that will ultimately create a more engaging stream for the viewers to watch.
As the health and well-being of our talents, staff and partners is our first priority, the new studio will not be ready for the first playdays of the Asia-Pacific League. When the first matches of the North Division begin on June 23rd, viewers will see a light version of the studio. This will be a temporary solution and as soon as the situation permits, the fully-fledged studio will take over. More information will be shared soon.
In parallel, the Asia-Pacific South Division will bring together two independent subregions: Oceania and, for the first time in Rainbow Six Esports history, South Asia. In Oceania, 8 teams from across Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia will compete in the Oceanic Nationals, an online league. In South Asia, teams from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in a series of open online tournaments ending with a closed bracket playoff. Each stage, when both South Division Nationals end, the South Division Playoffs begin to determine the 2 teams from the South Division that will join the Asia-Pacific League Playoffs to face off against the Asia-Pacific North Division teams.
At the end of each stage, the top four teams of the Asia-Pacific Playoffs will claim a spot in the upcoming Six Major.
Each season, in December, the Asia-Pacific League will conclude with a special event, the Asia-Pacific League Finals, to determine which team truly is the Asia-Pacific Champion of the season.
Ubisoft is also unveiling a revamped path-to-pro, fueled by the national tournaments across the Asia-Pacific region. At the end of a season, teams winning Nationals in the North Division countries will have the possibility to compete in a Promotion/Relegation system for a chance to enter the following season of the North Division league. In the South Division, the Oceanic and South Asia Nationals will fuel the South Division Playoffs, offering teams from those subregions a chance to compete in the Asia-Pacific League Playoffs to claim a spot for the Six Major.
The launch of the new Asia Pacific League alongside updates to the National tournaments across the region, as part of the new regionalized ecosystem of Rainbow Six Esports worldwide, represent the biggest evolution for the competitive Rainbow Six Siege landscape in its four-year history. All Asia-Pacific programs forge a multi-tiered esports scene, allowing players from all levels and horizons to compete.