In a statement released on the Rainbow Six website this Thursday, Ubisoft has made it official the delay of the Rainbow Six Invitational 2021 for the foreseeable future, as France is bound to close down its borders to all non-EU travellers, making a LAN event inconceivable at this time.
The event was announced early January and scheduled to take place in Paris, France across three weeks, spanning from 9th to 21st of February.
Six Invitational was bound to gather 20 participants from four different regions around a prize pool capped at USD $3,000,000. Ubisoft went as far as releasing the safety guidelines of the event, specifying protocols for the players, spaces and workers at the event.
It would be the first international LAN since last year’s Six Invitational, which saw the North American roster of Spacestation Gaming take the 2020 title with a 3-2 victory against NiP at the Grand-Finals.
However, with a recent spike in the pandemic situation in Europe, the French Prime Minister decided on January 29th to reinforce its borders, with Ubisoft and its partner Live Nation being unable to find any solutions towards organizing the tournament under these circumstances.
Consequently, we have no choice but to postpone the Six Invitational 2021 to a later date. While we are obviously disappointed that the Six Invitational will no longer go ahead this month as planned, our focus is now on re-evaluating the situation and looking for alternative options; we know fans are looking forward to both the reveal by the developers of the upcoming changes in Rainbow Six Siege, as well as the competition itself.Ubisoft via Statement
The goal is to return to LAN as soon as possible, in order to assure the “utmost competitive integrity” of what is the most prestigious tournament in the competitive Rainbow Six: Siege scene, concluding the competitive season that began last year.
Ubisoft promises to release more details soon about how this delay will affect the 2021 competitive season in terms of rosters and schedules.
The French company is reportedly working closely with the teams to find the best solution possible, trying to assure the best experience to the players and the community, even under the uncertainty of the global pandemic.
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