Ubisoft just made the announcement that the Australian team of Wildcard Gaming can no longer compete in this year’s Six Invitational, held in Paris.
This unfortunate news comes because of the strict COVID travel restrictions in Australia, which made it impossible for the Wildcard team to attend the LAN event in Paris.
Despite our joint efforts with the team as well as the local authorities to find solutions, Wildcard Gaming has not been given the greenlight to travel by their government.Ubisoft
“As Wildcard Gaming cannot join us for the event, we took the difficult decision to adapt the Six Invitational 2021 to a 19-team format. In order to comply with administrative requirements as well as the local authorities’ safety guidelines, the timeframe to organize teams travel to the Six Invitational is particularly tight this year. The event is now too close for us to organize the arrival of a new team to replace Wildcard Gaming,” stated Ubisoft.
The full-Australian roster of Wildcard won both the Majors in 2020: the August and November Oceanic Six Majors. Despite qualifying for the biggest Rainbow Six Siege tournament as the only Oceanic team, Wildcard Gaming will no longer be able to put up a show for their fans.
And with the Six Invitational 2021 kicking off on Feb. 9th, Ubisoft will not be replacing Wildcard’s spot with any other team. So the event will go ahead with just the 19 teams, with Wildcard receiving the $30,000 in prize money, corresponding to a 17th to 20th place finish.
Similarly, from the EUL and APAC casting team, Jessica “Jess” Bolden is also going to miss the International event due to the same travel restrictions from the Australian government.
“Ubisoft and their partners spent days relentlessly attempting to find a way to have me fly from Australia to France for the Six Invitational, but as many of you are aware my country has some of the strictest COVID restrictions in the world and there was nothing that could be done to get me there in time.”
The fifth edition of the World Championship of Rainbow Six Siege will be held in Paris, France, from February 9th to 21st, 2021. So make sure to tune in for the ultimate Siege tournament.