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Rainbow Six Siege Pro League 2 is the biggest event yet

Rainbow Six Siege, if you have been on TiX before is our favourite game, but we would never be good enough to go pro (tiny violin plays in the background) but there are people who are and the ebents are getting bigger all the time.

Today, Ubisoft announced that a selection of the sixteen best Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League teams worldwide will compete in the 2018 edition of the Six Invitational. The Six Invitational celebrates the anniversary of the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege release and will bring together, fans, pro players, developers, streamers and all the people who made the title the success it is today.

The Six Invitational 2018 will feature sixteen teams, representing all four regions of the Pro League that will compete for an unprecedented prize pool of $500,000, bringing the total prize pool across all official Year 2 tournaments to $1,250,000.

The Six Invitational 2018 will take place at the TOHU Montreal from February 13th to 18th and has been sold out for weeks as fans from all over the world will gather in Montreal. The exact schedule will be as follows:

  • February 13th -15th: Group Phase
  • February 16th: Quarter Finals
  • February 17th: Semi Finals
  • February 18th: Grand Final

In addition to the intense main competition, the Six Invitational will also host two supplementary and original showdowns, with a Showmatch taking place on Saturday February 17th as well as an All-Star Match ahead of the Grand Final on Sunday February 18th.

This can all be watch on Twitch and more info on Siege as an esports title can be found on the Ubisoft website. Details of the Six Invitational schedule are available here https://rainbow6.com/sixinvitational, and you can follow them at https://twitter.com/R6ProLeague.

The Teams

  • PENTA SPORTS (EU): The German organisation can be ambitious. Despite their defeat in semi-finals against Black Dragons in Sao Paulo, the back-to-back winner of Pro League Seasons one and two can now count on Sha77e (ex-ENCE) as a premium addition to resume their dominance.
  • COUNTER LOGIC GAMING (NA): winner of the Six Invitational 2017 on Xbox, the former Elevate roster will compete on PC this time around. Throughout Year 2, they have proved the transition did not affect their performances, notably at Gamescom where they just lost the Final against PENTA, earning them spot at the Six Invitational 2018.
  • ENCE (EU): The brilliant winner of the last Pro League season in Sao Paulo, Willkey and his teammates proved to the whole scene that their LAN curse belongs to the past. They now aim at pulling off the same performance than Continuum last year : win a Pro League season and the Six Invitational.
  • BLACK DRAGONS (LATAM): One of the main forces in Brazil, Black Dragons earned its spot for the Six Invitational via their impressive local results, winning Seasons 1 and 3 of the LATAM Pro League.
  • EVIL GENIUSES (NA): Formerly known as Continuum, under which name they won the Six Invitational 2017, the team led by Canadian will be eager to show that their defeat against ENCE in Sao Paulo was just an accident.
  • EINS (APAC): Winner of the first Pro League play-offs of the APAC region, the Japanese team will want to show more in Montreal than they did in Sao Paulo, and that the last three months helped them to step up their game.
  • ERA ETERNITY (NA): Defeating team Reckless in the grand final of the NA qualifiers, eRa Eternity will show its new roster composed of seasoned players. A strong test for GurmyWormy and his teammates.
  • MINDFREAK (APAC): The Australian team emerged as strong victors in a tough contest for the APAC LAN Qualifiers. No stranger to the Invitational, having competed last year on Xbox, they are back this year on PC.
  • ROOM FACTORY (EU): The Russian side earned his spot at Montreal thanks to a solid showing during the Qualifiers. Competing in Challenger League, they are definitely not a team to be underestimated.
  • SUPREMACY (EU): The French team victory’s in the EU Qualifiers shows how stability is important in the Pro League, as they have played together since August 2016, besides the strong addition of BriD in October 2017.
  • YEAH! GAMING (LATAM): The former Lanchonete roster is one of the nice surprises of these Qualifiers, in a LATAM region where competitors had names such as FaZe Clan, Team Liquid or BRK.
  • 1UP ESPORT (EU): The German team, which has recently made its entry into the Pro League has been invited in Montreal following their close defeat against Supremacy in the Finals of the EU Qualifiers.
  • FAZE CLAN (LATAM): The former FONTT roster showed its consistency throughout Year 2. As they have reached the semi-finals of the Season Finals twice, GohaN and his team have been invited to compete in Montreal.
  • ROGUE (NA): Invited to Montreal by Ubisoft, Rogue has always been considered as a strong contender to the Pro League Finals. For Year 2, they qualified for two back-to-back LAN events, but struggled against Brazilian teams.
  • TEAM LIQUID (LATAM): The former MOPA roster will be looking at proving their worth in the disputed group B of the Six Invitational. Invited by Ubisoft, they reached the Season 1 Final.
  • VITALITY (EU): The French side made its way to the Invitational by claiming victory in the Community Vote. Vitality has been involved in the scene since Season 1 Year 1 on Xbox One, but their PC roster was picked up in Year 2.

Rainbow Six Siege Escalation videos highlight R6 ESports

Rainbow Six Siege is still a firm favourite here at TiX, but it’s fair to say we are never going to be at the same standard of play as the guys in these videos. As the 16 best Rainbow Six: Siege teams gear up for the biggest tournament of the year, the Six Invitational, which is taking place on February 13th-18th in Montreal, the “Escalation” video series showcases what it takes to reach the level of a Pro League player. Players from Evil Geniuses (USA), Team Liquid (Brazil) and Supremacy (France), as well as shoutcasters KiXSTAr and Meligeni, go over the technicalities of Rainbow Six: Siege throughout this series of four episodes filmed during the Rainbow Six Pro League Season 3 Finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In Episode 01 “Stay on Top”, our Pro League players explain how the release of new operators and maps in Rainbow Six: Siege’s evolving meta challenges them to stay innovative and resourceful in order to stay on top of their game.

Episode 02 “Breach the Fortress” highlights Rainbow Six: Siege’s replayability as it breaks down the game’s unique destructible environment and showcases the importance of strategic preparation and set-up.

Episode 3 “Gear Up”, delivers an in-depth perspective of the training routine, mental workout and dedication required to establish yourself and your team in Rainbow Six Siege’s competitive scene, by exploring the mindset of Pro League teams.

Episode 4 “Secure the Clutch”, breaks down a cult moment of the Rainbow Six Pro League, an extraordinary clutch move happening last year, in a 1 v 5 situation handled perfectly by Brazilian Pro-Player Nesk. This episode reveals what happens when the odds are stacked against you and you can only rely on yourself to win the round and the game.

If you want to see the TiX team in action, to maybe see just how bad we really are compared to the pros, you can check out “Greg’s Quest for a Sausage Fest Part 2” and you don’t even need to go very far to see it, as it’s just below for your viewing pleasure!

Live eSports is coming to BBC Three

BBC Three have announced that over the next six weeks they will bring you four hours of live eSports each weekend.

They have signed up to cover the Gfinity Elite League Series One. To catch the series you’ll simply need to tune in on Fridays from 8.45pm, Saturdays from 9pm and Sundays from 5pm on BBC Three’s website or BBC iPlayer. You can also talk about it on social using #bbcesports.

It’s based around a new league featuring Street Fighter, Counter Strike and Rocket League.

You can find out more about what’s going on over at the BBC Three website.

Xbox announce Gears of War eSports Pro Crcuit

Xbox and The Coalition are proud to announce the Gears eSports Pro Circuit for Gears of War 4. Gears of War players can compete in marquee live open events around the world operated by world-class tournament organisers Major League Gaming (MLG) and Gfinity for a starting $1,000,000 in cash prizes.

Players worldwide can earn “Gears Pro Points” by competing in regional MLG GameBattles online ladders and in daily and weekly tournaments. Gears Pro Points qualify players for the international circuit open LAN events that take place every 1-2 months from the Gears of War 4 game launch in October 2016 to July 2017.

This year’s international circuit includes stops around the world including London, Paris, Columbus, Mexico City, and Las Vegas. Listing of marquee live events and prize pool breakdown:

Date City Partner Teams Prize Pool (USD)
November 25-27, 2016 Columbus, USA MLG 108+ $250,000
December 17-18, 2016 London, United Kingdom Gfinity 32 $100,000
Spring 2017 Mexico City, Mexico Gfinity 32 $75,000
Spring 2017 Columbus, USA MLG 16 $100,000
Spring/Summer 2017 Paris, France Gfinity 32 $75,000
Summer 2017 Las Vegas, USA MLG 108+ $250,000

An additional $100,000 event will take place at a surprise location plus a launch event in October 2016 during the program for a total of eight LAN events over the course of 10 months. Players around the world will also be able to compete online for a starting $50,000 in online prizes for weekly tournaments.

 

For more detailed information on the Gears eSports Pro Circuit and online competitions, please visit www.gears.gg. You can also follow us on Twitter at @eSportsGears and @GearsofWar or on Facebook at /GearsofWar as we share more announcements in the coming weeks and months. For more information on MLG and Gfinity, please follow them on Twitter @MLG and @Gfinity, or visit www.mlg.tv or www.gfinity.net.

Activision aims for total eSports domination

The rapidly expanding world of eSports has certainly grabbed the attention of the money makers, in the last decade we have seen eSports grow from dim back rooms at LAN parties to a multi-million pound industry with the top events regularly having cash prizes in the millions.

Recently there has been a big shift in the market. Reportedly, Activision have just set down a whopping $46 million for the rights and assets to Major League Gaming (MLG) a streaming service that is only for eSports. This happened on the 21st of December 2015 after the MLG board approved the sale.

As a pre-cursor to the sale, Activision Blizzard was set up in October 2015 and its sole function is to focus on eSports. It should also come as no surprise that Mike Sepso (ex co-fouder and MLG president) just stepped into a top executive spot in the newly formed team.

I’m expecting big things to be coming from them in the year to come.

ESL releases ESL App on Xbox One

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ESL is the world’s largest independent eSports brand and today they announced the release of its new app on Xbox One. The ESP app enables competitive console players – initially from Europe and North America – to connect directly through Xbox Live. Launching today, the application will allow gamers to compete across an expansive list of game titles in a variety of ESL cups and tournaments. With matchmaking acting as the core feature, the ESL app on Xbox One eliminates the need for extra devices and browser windows, thereby streamlining the gaming experience for users.

ESL stands for the best eSports experience in the world and our goal is to deliver that experience on all platforms. By launching our own app, we want to bring that unique experience to the Xbox One and its lineup of multiplayer games. The app will allow players of all skill levels to easily participate in our tournaments. This is just the start for us – we are working hard to bring major eSports tournaments to consoles and integrate them flawlessly into our app so everyone can get involved.

said Marcel Menge, Managing Director at Turtle eSports Technology.

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The ESL Xbox One app allows gamers to:

  • Find, sign up and submit results for ESL matches and cups
  • Track their individual progress in past and current ESL competitions
  • View and contact teammates and opponents via their gamertags
  • Read the latest eSports news right here on ESLGaming.com

At Xbox, we’re dedicated to providing gamers with the experiences they ask for and we know competitive gaming is a growing category.  With the addition of the ESL app on Xbox One, we can deliver a wide range of tournaments for some of the best games on the platform all with the functionality our community craves.

said Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

The main feature of the application is to enable users to find, sign up and submit results for ESL cups and matches on Xbox itself. An extension of this allows the gamer to stay on top of the competition and track his/her progress within both past and present ESL competitions.

For more information on ESL you can head over to their website here.

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Xbox One – First Competitive Call of Duty Tournament on Xbox One Announced

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The second annual Call of Duty competitive Tournament has been announced today and will mark the first tournament of its kind on the Xbox One. The tournament will play host to 32 of the best Call of Duty teams from around the world as they compete for rights to the Call of Duty “World Champions” title and lion’s share of the tournament’s $1 million prize purse this 28th– 30th March, in Los Angeles. Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing said:

“Last year’s championship came down to the final minute of the final match with everyone holding their breath to see who would win. The skill, passion and energy brought by these teams and the crowd looking-on showed just what makes our community the best in the world, Call of Duty is more than a video game. It’s a pastime shared by millions. It’s exciting to play and fun to watch, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s event has in store.”

Call of Duty teams from six continents covering North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia will contend for their place at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament in a range of qualifying events hosted by eSports organisations. Qualifying for the  Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox will be handled through online tournaments played on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and broadcast on MLG.tv, with select live regional finals taking place late February through early March in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The live regional finals will be played on Xbox One and will also be broadcast live on MLG.tv and other broadcast partners. The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament is open to all qualified players, whether professional gamers or not, provided they meet the requirements of the official rules and regulations.

Further details on the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including full rules and regulations, Call of Duty: Ghosts maps and modes for the tournament, prizing distribution, travel accommodations and more can be found at http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/news/qualify-for-the-call-of-duty-championship/.

Additional tournament information will be made available at https://callofduty.com/esports.

 

CoD Ghosts – eSports feedback to be addressed in Upcoming Updates

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Fans of the more competitive side of Call of Duty: Ghosts will be pleased to hear that Infinity Ward have been listening to your feedback on the eSports side of the game. Tina Palacois, one of the developers of CoD: Ghosts, announced via Twitter what was to be addressed in the title update which was detailed on the CoD forums:

https://twitter.com/Teanah/status/421094631447597056

These upcoming improvements are listing in full here:

Regarding eSports specifically in the immediate future, we aim to:

    • Restrict Ghillie suits in competitive rules.
    • Restrict Tracker Sights in competitive rules.
    • Restrict Danger Close in competitive rules.
    • Disable third-person spectating in competitive Private Matches.
    • Add a kill feed to Broadcaster mode.
    • Address Broadcaster mode stability (squash crash bugs). 

Additionally, we’re committed to delivering the below (in no particular order):

Rules:

    • Removal of split-screen in Private match when eSports rules are enabled.
    • Add eSports rules to Clan vs. Clan playlist.
    • Open Clan v Clan playlist to allow solo player entry & mixed clan teams.
    • Modify Dead Silence/Amplify functionality.

S&D:

    • Resolve the defuse timer animation discrepancy.
    • Modify the defuse time sound effects if the defuse process is cancelled.

Broadcaster Mode:

    • Add game action overlays where needed (flag captures, etc.).
    • Resolve the leaderboard’s red death indicator delay.
    • Roll over player in scoreboard to highlight arrow in mini-map.

New Platform:

    • Investigating the addition of Xbox One LAN support.

Tina ends by acknowledging that these improvements do not answer all feedback but ended the update list by saying:

We realize this doesn’t cover every request made to date; only those we are confident we can deliver at this time. We’ll keep you posted regarding future updates. We are committed to providing the best possible multiplayer experience we can and will continue to work on improvements to make it better.  Please keep the communication coming, thanks for your support and we’ll see you online.