Ubisoft has revealed new dates for the previously postponed 2021 Six Invitational, the top event in Rainbow Six Siege esports. The tournament, which aims to be held offline in Paris, France, was originally billed for February, but was called off just days before due to an increase in coronavirus restrictions from the French government.
Ubisoft has now rescheduled the competition for May, and aims to still host the event on LAN with all 20 of the qualified teams. The developer confirms that on April 8 it was “authorised by the government and the local authorities to hold the Six Invitational 2021 in Paris, France, from May 11-23.” However, the tournament will be played without a live audience.
In a statement, Ubisoft does express concerns over current travel restrictions between France and Brazil, one of the biggest producers of Siege talent and home to six of the teams qualified for the Six Invitational.
“We’ve been evaluating all possible options to ensure that FaZe Clan, MIBR, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, Team oNe eSports, and FURIA Esports, can compete in the Six Invitational against the teams from the other regions,” the statement reads. “While we still need a little more time to look into all options and their specifics, we thank you for your continuous support and patience.”
Aside from hoping the travel ban between France and Brazil is lifted, Ubisoft may look at quarantining teams in a neighbouring European country before moving them on to Paris, although this is purely speculation at this point.
The latest update from our teams on the upcoming #SixInvitational 2021.
— Rainbow Six Esports (@R6esports) April 20, 2021
Ubisoft closes by saying it’s working hard to bring fans “the best Six Invitational possible” despite the current global situation.
Questions have been raised about the decision to host the tournament in France, which has throughout the pandemic seen the most coronavirus cases of any European nation (over 5.2 million according to the World Health Organisation).