The fifth edition of the Six Invitational, Rainbow Six Siege’s annual event, will not take place in February as planned in Paris due to travel restrictions imposed by the French government.
Ubisoft stated in their blog post that despite “working tirelessly” to make this physical event happen, they have fallen short.
“We have now learned that LAN esports events are no longer possible in today’s context, despite the strict sanitary measures put in place,” said Ubisoft.
“On January 29th, the French Prime Minister announced that the French borders would be closed to all non-EU travelers.”
“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.”
“We are working with and listening to the organizations to find the best possible solutions. We will have more details on the exact impact of this decision for rosters and Season 2021 soon.”
The new travel restrictions were put just 10 days before the event started, and it effectively stopped all non-EU citizens from entering France. This meant 17 out of the 20 qualified teams would have not been able to participate in Rainbow Six Siege’s world championship event.
However, Ubisoft is still hopeful to offer the Siege fans what they have been waiting for – a clash between all the regions. And they know that to make this happen, all participating teams must be gathered in the same physical location.
Although the decision might be disappointing, it is still the correct one. Hopefully, we’ll be able to enjoy the Six Invitational in all its glory sometime in the future. This could also mean Wildcard Gaming, who were unable to participate in this event due to Australian travel restrictions, might now get a chance.