Rainbow Six Siege is among the top console and PC competitive e-sports games right now, with Pro League matches being broadcast across the internet. The competitive scene is also heavily supported by Ubisoft, and pro players like Serenity and MacieJay have hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers and are widely known among gamers.
But it’s not all glory and fame for most pro players taking part in the ESL tournaments. On the 28th of February, the head administrator of ESL Pro League posted on twitter, asking the Rainbow Six community about team consistency in competitive tournaments and how the whole scene can be improved.
He tweeted: “What do you think would make Teams more consistent? What’s needed? Lots of teams swap players out or disband really quick! #Discuss #R6PI
Mathew “MeepeY” Sharples, a professional Rainbow Six Siege player who represents the Playing Ducks, posted a response to his question: “There’s so much to do with this game in terms of players leaving their own teams in search of bigger and better. Its not all about the teams disbanding either, the whole picture is MUCH, MUCH bigger”
The fact of the matter is, there is almost no money to be made in the Rainbow Six’s competitive scene. The prize pool is underwhelming, and people want to make careers out of playing Rainbow Six professionally. Everyone wants to get into a top tier team to increase their chances of winning.
The constant player swapping is a failed formula, leading to teams disbanding after taking in new recruits. This results in a constant cycle of roster changes in the Rainbow Six circuit.
Another problem plaguing the competitive R6 scene is the lack of information flow from Ubisoft and ESL. Getting prepared for the tournament is very difficult, since teams are kept almost completely in the dark, with tournament dates and shortlisted teams being finalized and announced just days before the tournament.
The game, despite its success, is renown for being glitch and buggy, and at times, completely broken, despite being launched over a year ago. Despite the community’s pleas, Ubisoft has been slow to respond and patch these bugs, and when these bugs appear in a tournament match, it turns into a messy and embarrassing situation.
Matthew concluded “All the bugs make the game look really bad and unpolished. I’m all in favor of pausing new content and just fixing everything that’s wrong with the game”.