In a surprising announcement today, Union Gaming has revealed that they will be dropping their active Rainbow Six Siege roster.
Ahead of South Asia Nationals Stage 2 qualifiers, the Sri Lankan esports organization of Union Gaming has released their entire R6S team.
“The time has come for us at Union Gaming to say goodbye to our R6 players who have helped us bring uG on top,” said the org. “We appreciate everything the team has done for us and the unforgettable memories we have made together.”
After Ubisoft introduced the South Asian region in the R6S esports ecosystem, Union Gaming has been at the forefront of this region, alongside MercenarieZ. Union Gaming won the Six August Major in 2020 against MrcZ, the first International event on the big stage for the South Asia region.
UG dominated the region in the early days; however, their dream run of qualifying for the Six Invitational 2021 was put to a stop by their arch-rivals MercenarieZ, who took the November Major trophy home. Since then, Union Gaming lost their momentum and failed to beat MrcZ again in the South Asia 2020 Finals.
The team also had a disappointing start to the 2021 season, failing to secure a spot in the South Asia Nationals stage 1 through the open qualifiers.
Meanwhile, MercenarieZ and KIRA E-sports continued to represent the South Asian region in the International R6S community. In the APAC playoffs, we saw the first cross-regional win for SA, with KIRA defeating the SI-qualified team of CAG.
While we currently don’t know if UG is permanently leaving the Rainbow Six Siege scene or not, the seasoned team captain of Tasabbir “Sparko” and his teammates, Beat, Sandy, Jittery, and r4ttl3r, are set to leave the org.
The ex-UG roster is currently looking for an org to continue the journey in the R6S esports scene. If anyone is interested, you can contact the team’s IGL Sparko here.
Ubisoft should also look into reforming the SA region’s tournament format, as the current iteration doesn’t allow teams to participate in frequent matches, making it less attractive for orgs and players to invest in professional Siege.