September 09, 2020 · 4 minutes read

2021 will be a particularly exciting year for Rainbow Six Esports. A long-awaited new layer of competition will be unveiled making the next year more special for the community, our players, and us. We are proud to announce the first ever Rainbow Six World Cup, a long-awaited new and independent layer of competitions that will feature the best national teams across the world in Summer 2021. We often see pro players and community showcase their national pride and enthusiasm throughout events. International rivalries emerged, and a question is raised, over and over again: which country or region truly is the best at Rainbow Six Esports? 2021 will be the year to settle this.

For such a special occasion, Tony Parker will take on the role of ambassador for the Rainbow Six World Cup. With a 20-year career competing in the world’s most prestigious international competitions as well as a true passion for esports, he will have great insights to share with players who will face, for the first time, the special pressure and stakes that come with competing in world cups. We sat down with Tony Parker to learn more about his involvement. Check out the full interview here.

Below you can find more information on the Rainbow Six World Cup, such as participating countries and regions, team composition process and more!

What is the Rainbow Six World Cup?

For the first time in Rainbow Six Esports history, players from 45 countries and regions across the world will compete at the highest level to become the one team that will make history by bringing home the very first Rainbow Six World Cup trophy. The Rainbow Six World Cup is the latest addition to the Rainbow Six Esports ecosystem, as an independent layer of competition and the first ever country-based tournament for Rainbow Six Siege. The Rainbow Six World Cup is also a unique and unprecedented opportunity for fans to share their love, pride and unconditional support with the team that will represent them on the worldwide stage.

Who will join the Final Stage of the competition in Summer 2021?

From the Qualifiers to the Final Stage, a total of 45 countries and regions will be involved in this first edition. 14 countries and regions will get a direct invite to the Final Stage and, additionally, 31 other countries will take part in online qualifiers to compete for one of the 6 remaining available slots. Ultimately, 20 teams will be competing in the Final Stage of the World Cup.


The 5 online qualifiers will be organized early 2021.

Composing the teams: how will that work?

To determine the composition of each national team, the local Rainbow Six Siege community and professional scene will participate in a two-step process:

Step 1

Starting September 14, each of the 45 participating countries and regions will start selecting their National Committees, composed of 3 team managers. There are 3 sources from which the team managers will be selected:

  • One team manager will be selected by the Ubisoft local esports team.

  • A second one will be a representative from the local professional scene, elected by the professional players and coaches from that territory.

  • The last team manager will be a representative chosen by the local Rainbow Six Siege community.

To be eligible to become a team manager, candidates must:

  • be at least 18 years old by September 1st, 2020

  • have the citizenship by January 1st, 2020

Step 2

Later this fall, each National Committee will select the 5 players who will compete in the team.
To be eligible to be selected in the team, players must:

  • be at least 18 years old by September 1st, 2020
  • have the citizenship by January 1st, 2020

Also, a national team can include a maximum of 2 players involved in the same pro organization (based on Nov. 2020 pro organizations rosters)

The National Committees will ultimately head the team they carefully composed as they take on the challenge to become World Cup champions.

R6SE NEWS World cup announcement - infographics

Stay tuned and follow @R6esports for more global information related to the Rainbow Six World Cup.

To stay connected with all things Rainbow Six esports, follow Rainbow Six Esports as well as our Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America regional accounts on Twitter. For behind-the-scenes coverage, follow Rainbow Six Esports on Instagram. Check out our other Rainbow Six World Cup news on our website.

To stay in the loop on everything related to the upcoming World Cup local announcements, follow the local Rainbow Six or Ubisoft social media accounts.

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