Rainbow Six Siege Esports new Global Structure fully explained

Back in Six Invitational 2020, Ubisoft announced that they will be bringing exciting new changes to the Rainbow Six Siege esports format and structure.

For better regionalization, Ubisoft has created a new Global Structure system, where each region will be treated with different structures. However, all the regions will have a new point-based ranking system, to sustain teams performance over the competitive year.

Siege Youtuber Kaosx has summarized the new Global Structure and how it will work in his Reddit post. His summary includes information from Ubisoft’s official explain videos of the new leagues and also from SiegeGG’s article.


Global Structure

  • How does the scene look like?
    • 4 regions
      • NA, LATAM, APAC, EU.
      • Each region has its own unique competitive format.
    • Esports program refreshes each year (1 year = 9 months)
      • March – (following) February.
      • 4 independent Regional Leagues run from March to December and they are divided into 3 stages.
      • The top 4 teams from each region will qualify for the Major (4×4 = 16 teams).
      • teams are earning points depending on their position.
      • 16 teams with the most points + 4 teams throughout qualifiers will be qualified for the Six Invitational (World Champions).
  • EU
    • 10 teams.
    • Round Robin System (each team will face all the other teams)
    • The stage ends once all teams played with the other teams once.
    • The teams placed 1st to 8th score points for the Global Standings.
    • In November, the rankings of all 3 stages are combined to form the Final Rankings.
      • Top 4 teams on the Final Rankings will battle out for the EU Champion on a LAN event for the crown.
      • 10th team is auto-relegated & the 9th will be playing promotion/relegation match against the 2nd team in the Challenger League.
    • To enter in the Challenger League, you need to become a National League Champion (9 teams) + 1 European open Qualifier. If the National League Champion is already in EUL or EU CL, then the runner-up will be promoted to the EU CL.
  • APAC
    • APAC NORTH
      • Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia & Singapore.
      • 12 teams with 10 playdays spread across 5 weeks.
      • Swiss format (teams with the same or the closest win/loss ratio will face each other round after round. At round 6, the ratio refreshes and the league continues. 10th is the final round).
      • Top 6 teams make it to the APAC League Playoffs.
      • Results across all 3 stages will determine the top 8 teams that will be qualified for the next APAC North Division.
      • The bottom 4 are playing promotion/relegation tournament, facing against the best teaming coming from the National Competitions.
    • APAC SOUTH
      • Oceania (Australia, New Zealand & Polynesian Nations) – 8 teams will compete in an online League.
      • South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka) – face off in a series of open online tournaments ending with a closed bracket playoff.
      • Each stage ends with offline playoffs where the top 3 teams from Oceania and the best team in South Asia will face off in a double-elimination system. The winners are qualified for Asia Pacific League.
    • The top 6 teams from APAC North and the 2 winners of the APAC South offline double-elimination playoffs will face each other in another online double-elimination system.
      • The teams will score points for the Global Standings, where the top 4 teams are qualified for the Major.
    • All the rankings are combined in November to figure out who is the true winner of the APAC is
      • Top 4 teams will battle it out for the title of APAC Champion in a LAN event.
    • National Leagues are also important, from where new teams can join in APAC North/South.
  • NA
    • 8 teams coming from the US + 4 teams coming from Canada.
    • US
      • Double GSL tournament (8 teams divided into 2 groups playing in a double-elimination system BO3). They will be playing it for 5 days with 2 matches per play day.
      • 2 new groups are formatted, top 4 teams (group A) & bottom 4 teams (group B).
      • During the next 5 playdays, the rankings will be determined.
    • Canada
      • 4 teams in one group, 1 match per a playday during 5 playdays
      • BO3 GSL style of format.
    • The top 3 teams in the US are qualified for the Major + 1 NA National qualifier.
    • 4th-6th & 1st placed Canadian teams are fighting for the 4th spot in Major, in GSL style of format). They all are getting the Global Standing score points.
    • In December – NA Champions battle + promotion/relegation match on LAN.
      • Last place Canada division vs 1st place Canada Challenger League.
      • 8th placed US vs 1st place US Challenger League team.
      • Top 4 US Teams will fight against each other for the crown of the best US team.
      • Top 2 Canada teams will fight against each other for the best Canadian team.
    • US/Canada Challenger leagues are the entry points of the US/Canada league.
  • LATAM
    • BRAZIL
      • 10 teams & will be playing on the LAN environment.
      • BO2 format with the previous point system (Three points if x2 Ws, two points if x1 W & x1 D. One point if x2 D or x1 L & x1 W. Finally, 0 points if x2 L).
      • At the end of all Stages, the top 4 teams will proceed to the Regional finals, fighting against each other for the crown of the top Brazilian team in BO3 formats in semi-finals and BO5 in the Finals.
      • At the same time, the relegation match will be played, from the bottom seeded Brazilian against the Challenger League champion.
    • MEXICO
      • 7 teams from the last year’s Mexican Championship, they will be playing on a LAN environment.
      • They will fight for a chance to become the two teams invited to the Elite Six Cup at the end of each Stage, which can lead to qualification to Major.
    • SOUTH AMERICA
      • All countries in South America except for Brazil, 8 teams in total.
      • They will fight for a chance to become the two teams invited to the Elite Six Cup at the end of each Stage, which can lead to qualification to Major.
    • The top 2 teams in the Elite Six Cup will be qualified for the upcoming Major.
  • COPA ELITE SIX (Elite Six Cup)
    • 5 Brazilian + 2 Mexican + 1 South American teams (8 teams) and will be played across 4 days, a battle for a chance to qualify for the Six Major.
    • Playing double-GSL BO3 format.
    • Semis & Finals are BO3 formats as well.
    • Challenger League (Series B) & Liga Six.

Kaosx even went the extra mile and made a visual representation of the global overview in google slides. For more overview of the specific leagues visit here.

Rainbow six global overview
Credit: Kaosx

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North American league: US Divisions groups have now been confirmed. The new NAL and EUL will kick off from June 22nd, and you can catch the live action on Twitch, Youtube, and Mixer.

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