French game developer Ubisoft has unveiled its plans to produce the Rainbow Six World Cup, an international, country-based tournament.
The event, slated for Summer 2021, will feature national teams from 45 countries and regions across the world competing against one another.
While maintaining its current esports infrastructure, the competition promises to highlight “international rivalries” and add an “independent layer of competitions” to the Rainbow Six Esports ecosystem.
Starting September 14th, each of the 45 participating teams will begin selecting their National Committees, a group consisting of three team managers. The selection process will see the Ubisoft esports team, local professional players and coaches, and the Rainbow Six Siege community elect team managers for each region. Each national team is said to have its five participating players finalised “later this fall.”
Qualifiers for the Rainbow Six World Cup will begin in Winter 2021 with 31 teams competing from Europe, Latin American, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and North Africa across five groups. Qualifying teams will meet 14 invited national squads, including the United States, Canada, and Brazil, in the final leg of the competition.
Additionally, former NBA professional player Tony Parker has been named an ambassador of the Rainbow Six World Cup. Parker’s role will lean into his 20-year career as an international competitor, providing insight to players about “the special pressure and stakes that come with competing in world cups.”
Parker commented on his new role within Ubisoft in an interview, saying: “Having the opportunity to compete and fight for your country, having the support of an entire country, it’s an indescribable feeling and I’m sure the Rainbow Six players are going to feel it as well.”
Esports Insider says: This is a fantastic initiative from Ubisoft and its Rainbow Six esports team. While localising teams has been an increased focal point for esports in the last several years, there is nothing quite like the pride of supporting a national team.