Launching alongside the coming Pro League Season 8, the program covers 11 participating teams who will see team specific in-game items that in partnership with Ubisoft, will contribute to team revenue during the season.
The move indicates Ubisoft’s push towards a more professional esports environment for Rainbow Six: Siege teams, creating a more stable platform to foster the game’s development. The Pilot Program will launch at the start of Pro League Season 8, June 11, 2018, and will cover Seasons 8 and 9, until May 2019. It will be a test period, designed to learn and iterate before reaching a more finalised revenue-share format next year.
“For us, the Pilot Program is a way to reward the teams that are contributing to the League and help it grow,” said François-Xavier Dénièle, Esports Director, Ubisoft EMEA. “For fans, we believe it is one of the most direct ways to show their support to specific teams and players. With this program, we are expanding on the Team Charm initiative we ran with different teams during last year’s Pro League seasons.”
11 Teams will be part of the Pilot Program, from all 4 Pro League regions (Europe, North America, Latin-America, Asia-Pacific). Here is the complete list of these organizations:
- FNATIC (ANZ)
- PENTA Sports (EU)
- Vitality (EU)
- Evil Geniuses (NA)
- Rogue (NA)
- SK Gaming (NA)
- Mousesports (NA)
- FaZe Clan (LATAM)
- Team Liquid (LATAM)
- Immortals (ex-BRK esports – LATAM)
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (roster announced soon)