Ubisoft announces their decision to relocate UAE Major after community backlash

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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Ubisoft has finally decided to revert their decision of hosting the Rainbow Six August Major in the United Arab Emirates.

The announcement was made in Rainbow Six Esport’s official Twitter account, after only two days of their initial esports roadmap reveal.

Ubisoft explained in the post that they had intensively discussed about holding a Major tournament in UAE (Abu Dhabi) because of the region’s growth in terms of esports and the UAE government was also ready to assist them.

Read the statement below:

“We want to stress that the safety and wellbeing of all our events’ participants and staff is always our primary concern, and we are proud of what Rainbow Six Siege represents as a world where diversity, inclusion, and acceptance are at its core. Choosing this location for a Six Major was the result of extensive discussions with our local teams in the region, the UAE government, and our local Esports partner, and their collective commitment that a Six Major in Abu Dhabi would be an event in which anyone, of all genderidentities, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, or other individual traits, world be included and welcomed, as has been the case with numerous other events previously held in the city.”

“With that in mind, we also hear loud and clear that members of the international Siege community question this choice, and we have taken the decision to move the Six Major of August 2022 to another Rainbow Six Esports region, with the exact location yet to be determined. In the spirit of fostering all our local communities around the world, in all their diversity, dedication and passion for the game, we will keep on developing and structuring our competitive activities in MENA, through local and regional tournaments and activations. The MENA region has been fast evolving into a key video game hub in the world, and we are humbled by the level of engagement, support and dedication of both our local fans and the talented staff of our MENA teams and Abu Dhabi development studio. Mirroring the determination and ambition of our teams in the region over the past 10 years, we are dedicated to investing in our emerging local esports scenes to help them reach their full potential and embrace them, as part of the worldwide Rainbow Six Siege community.”

The Siege community is delighted to hear the quick response from Ubisoft, and hopefully, there won’t be any need for further uproars from this loud and inclusive family.

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.