Ubisoft has announced some massive changes to Rainbow Six Siege’s esports ecosystem in the North American League (NAL).
The Canadian Division will now be fused with the US Division to create one unified North American League for 2021.
The situation has been rough for Ubisoft in the North American League, with multiple teams leaving the scene in a short period of time. Before the newly revamped league even started, Luminosity Gaming and Evil Geniuses left the R6S scene. And now the effect of the COVID-19 has caused further destruction for the NA orgs, causing eUnited and Tempo Storm to eventually depart from the NA League.
Keeping all these things in mind, Ubisoft has made the decision to bring in some new blood to the top stage of Rainbow Six esports. With the Canadian team, Altiora, qualifying for the Six Invitational 2021, the CA region showed us that they should not be taken lightly.
“We believe that this unification is in the best interest of growing the Canada and US Rainbow Six communities and will provide an interesting competitive element in 2021 as we continue to improve our league. We are actively working with the four Canada Division teams about next steps to transition to the North American League.“
“In addition, we are also pleased to announce that the Canadian Challenger League and US Challenger league will merge into a single, unified Challenger league. This league will continue to play online as a continuation of the 2020 season,” stated Ubisoft in their blog post.
However, there are still some crucial questions unanswered by Ubisoft as of now. Will the Canadian teams relocate to Las Vegas, where the LAN-based tournament was supposed to take place? Is Ubisoft going to cover their relocation costs? If so, then why didn’t they support other NA orgs? Or maybe, the LAN-league has totally been canceled now.
We still have to wait until SI’ 2021 wraps up in late February for more official information from Ubisoft.