OPEN ONLINE QUALIFIER TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER ON XBOX ONEp>LONDON, UK - DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 – ESL and Ubisoft® today confirmed the calendar for the first-ever Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® ESL Premiership season starting with an open online qualifier on Saturday 16th December on Xbox One.
Following the success of the Go4UK cups throughout 2017, ESL and Ubisoft announced the addition of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six to the ESL Premiership programme at EGX, sitting alongside the official UK national leagues for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Hearthstone.
The top four teams from the Go4UK cup finals, taking place on 9th December, will automatically qualify for the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six ESL Premiership group stage. The other four places will be decided through an open online one-day qualifier taking place on Saturday 16th December and entered via the following link: http://esl.pm/premqualifier. The qualifier will be played through the ESL app on Xbox One and there are no limits to the number of teams that can be entered.
The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six ESL Premiership kicks off on 14th January, with the eight qualifying teams split into two groups with matches streamed every Sunday. The finals will be held on 10th and 11th March with teams competing for their share of £10,500 prize pool.
“We are super excited to add Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six to the ESL Premiership banner,” commented James Dean, managing director, ESL UK. “For the growth of esports, it is important we build an ecosystem in which grassroots competition can thrive. By creating a national league for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six with an open qualifier, more esports fans have the opportunity to engage, play and watch esports, which can only be a good thing for the industry.”
“It’s an honour to bring Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One to the ESL Premiership. We’ve seen some fantastic participation from UK console players for the Go4UK Cups and this is really only the start of our exciting UK esports plans. We look forward to sharing more with our fans and players in 2018.” said Mark Slaughter, UK Marketing Director, Ubisoft.
All participants who compete in the open qualifier will receive a free Weekly Gold cup participation charm from ESL. Players can redeem it on https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com/siege/en-gb/ulc-redeem, choosing the Xbox One platform.
ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).