Ubisoft unveils the UK Ireland Nationals, a new Rainbow Six Siege regional league

The tournament has the biggest prize pool in UK Siege history

A Rainbow Six Siege operator, holding a riot shield and wearing grey armour, shouts in triumph

A new regional league for Rainbow Six Siege players based in the United Kingdom and Ireland has been revealed by Ubisoft today. The UK Ireland Nationals, which starts later this summer, will bring some of the best British and Irish talent together to compete for a £25,000 prize pool.

The league, which has the biggest prize pool in UK Siege esports history, will replace the ESL Premiership and provide an accessible path to the European Challenger League for aspiring and upcoming professional players – something Ubisoft has been targeting for a while.

“Rainbow Six Siege esports is entering a new era with a global shift towards regionalized programs,” Will Attwood, Ubisoft UK's esports marketing manager, tells The Loadout. “The new direction we’re taking with the announcement reflects the changes coming to the European region, with our fully integrated ecosystem that starts with the National Leagues as an entry point to the European Challenger League and eventually to the European League, and allows players to climb all the way to the Six Invitational.

“We want to make sure we can support our players and community in the most effective way possible and bring them the content and competitions that match their interests. With the UK Ireland Nationals we’re able to do that.”

The UK and Ireland has always had strong links to the professional Siege scene. Some of the world’s best players, like Ben ‘CTZN’ McMillan, have worked their way through the local leagues and Ubisoft wants to help develop that talent by nurturing talented and passionate individuals.

“There’s a real hunger and drive to be the best,” Attwood adds. “I’m very confident we’ll see more British and Irish talent come through the ranks within the next 12 months. We see the Nationals as a key step between playing on the ranked ladder and becoming a professional player. There’s so much more to it than just playing matches of your favourite game and we’re aiming to build a league system that allows players to flourish.

“With high stakes games that tests all parts of their gameplay, platforms to speak about their hopes and experiences through interviews, and once we resume live events, giving them the ability to play on stage in front of a crowd so they are ready to take on some of the biggest stages around the world.”

The league, which will have the exact same format as the last ESL Premiership, will see eight teams play in a round-robin format bwteeen July 2-August 27. The teams placed third to sixth will battle it out in the playoffs, with the best two teams taking the remaining places in the finals. The overall winners will take home the biggest slice of the prize pool, as well as secure a spot in the EU Challenger League.

Players interested in taking part in the qualifiers on June 20 and 21, can sign up here.