Six Invitational 2021 Event Guide: Groups, Format, Location, and more

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
9 Min Read
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SIX INVITATIONAL 2021: the most prominent tournament of Rainbow Six Siege is on the horizon. Despite the COVID-19, SI’21 will go as planned, according to Ubisoft’s latest announcement.

When & Where is the Six Invitational 2021 taking place?

The fifth edition of the World Championship of Rainbow Six Siege will be held in Paris, France, from February 9th to 21st, 2021. It’s a festival for all the Siege fans, as they come together to celebrate all things about Rainbow Six Siege.

The Six Invitational 2021 will gather 20 teams across the 4 main regions of the Rainbow Six Esports circuit, competing offline. However, there won’t be any in-person audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ubisoft will follow strict sanitary measures, in line with guidelines from health organizations and local authorities.


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All teams will start competing in the Group Stage where they will be dispatched in 2 groups of 10 teams. In total, 90 matches will be played between the four regions throughout the Group Stage.

At the end of the Group Stage, the 8 best teams from each group will qualify for the Playoffs. More details below:

Group Stage (February 9 – 14)

The 20 teams are dispatched in 2 groups of 10 teams.

  • The top 4 teams of the Global Standings (BDS, Cloud9, TSM, Giants Gaming) were cross-seeded in Group A & B
  • Based on the Global standings as well, a random draw was made in this specific order to dispatch the 16 other teams in Group A and B:
    • Top 5-8
    • Top 8-16
    • 4 qualifiers
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Each team will play 9 games. The 8 best teams of each group, 16 teams in total, will advance to the playoffs, while the 2 bottom teams will be eliminated. Given the large number of matches and the number of teams advancing to the Playoffs, the Group Stage will consist of a Best-of-one single round robin.

Playoffs (February 17– 21)

This phase will consist of a double elimination bracket. All Playoffs matches will be played in best-of-three. Following the Group Stage, the top 4 teams of Group A and B will battle it out in the upper bracket, while the teams ranked between the 5th and 8th positions in each group will fall into the lower bracket.

The Grand Final will consist of a best-of-five match with a map advantage to the upper bracket team and unlimited overtime.


Just like the previous year, The Six Invitational 2021 prize pool will be capped at $3 million US dollars. 30% of all revenue from the Road to S.I. 2021 Battle Pass will directly contribute to the prize pool of the competition, and any amount above the 3-million-dollar cap will be redistributed to support the Rainbow Six Esports circuit for the 2021 season.


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Some of the biggest content creators in the Rainbow Six Siege community will be competing in the 2021 Showmatch for a charity prize of $50,000 USD.


There will be a massive collection of Twitch Drops for the Six Invitational 2021, which can be earned through the different phases as highlighted by Ubisoft below:

PHASE 1 – JANUARY 21ST – 31st

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Whether you are streaming Rainbow Six Siege for the first time, a ranked star, or an Esports competitor you can enable drops on your Twitch channel! Your viewers will have a chance to earn the 4 different charms from Phase 1 by watching your channel when you are playing Rainbow Six Siege.

Green Teammate Valkyrie – January 21st – 23rd – Watch 3 hours of R6S

Orange Teammate Aruni – January 24th – 26th – Watch 3 hours of R6S

Blue Team IQ – January 27th – 29th – Watch 3 hours of R6S

Red Teammate Wamai – January 30th – 31st – Watch 3 hours of R6S

How to enable drops on your channel: If you want your channel to be eligible for the Drops, you need to head to and opt-in for the campaign! Then you’re good to go, just play Rainbow Six Siege and get your viewers those nice rewards.

PHASE 2 – FEBRUARY 1st – 16th

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The Rainbow Six Siege community is filled with talented streamers. The Six Invitational is for celebrating all things Siege, and we want to celebrate some of our most active and dedicated streamers. From February 1st -8th we will partner with many streamers playing Rainbow Six Siege who will have these charm drops enabled! We will keep you posted on the final list soon. Additionally, on February 6th-8th and February 15th -16th active Charm Program Streamers will have Siege Esports Packs drops enabled on their channels.

S.I. 2021 Orange – February 1st – 2nd – Watch 4 hours of R6S on eligible streams

S.I. 2021 Red – February 3rd – 4th – Watch 4 hours of R6S on eligible streams

S.I. 2021 Teal – February 5th – 6th – Watch 4 hours of R6S on eligible streams

S.I. 2021 Blackbeard – February 7th – 8th – Watch 4 hours of R6S on eligible streams

Siege Esports Packs – February 6th – 8th – 1 Pack every 8 hours of R6S watched on eligible streams

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The Six Invitational 2021 kicks off on February 9th. Throughout the Group and Playoffs stages you will still be able to get your hands on one Esports Pack every 8 hours watched on the official broadcast. Additionally, during the Playoffs Stage you can earn 4 exclusive charms if you tune in to the stream during the listed times below.

S.I. 2021 on February 17th

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S.I. 2021 GAME on February 18th

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S.I. 2021 COMMUNITY on February 19th

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S.I. 2021 ESPORTS on February 20th

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Siege Esports Packs – February 9th – 14th & February 17th-20th – 1 Pack every 8 hours of R6S watched on eligible streams.


Be sure to tune in to find out which team will raise the coveted Six Hammer! You can still get Esports Packs every 2 and a half hours you watch the official broadcast. Additionally, you can obtain the S.I. 2021 VIP Charm and have a chance to unlock the brand new Tachanka VIP Bundle by tunning in on specific occasions during the last day of the Six Invitational. More details to be revealed soon.

S.I. 2021 VIP

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Tachanka S.I. VIP Bundle

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Siege Esports Packs – 1 Pack every 2 and a half hours of R6S watched on eligible streams

Throughout the event, Siege fans will also get a glimpse at what’s in store for Year 6, including a few surprises. The event will feature developer panels on the game and the esports scene. So expect a jam-packed event full of exhilarating moments. Support your favorite team as they go into this tournament and let’s see who gets to lift the Hammer this time.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.