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Rainbow Six Siege

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Rainbow Six Siege : Overview

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter developed and published by Ubisoft. It’s the successor to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Patriots which was shelved due to technical issues. Rainbow Six Siege was hoped to be more successful as it allowed players to take the role of counter-terrorist operatives. It was first released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in December 2015. It focuses on cooperation between players, with each player taking the role of attacker or defender in different gameplay modes. These modes can include hostage rescue, bomb defusal and taking control of certain points. In solo play there are short, offline missions with a basic storyline.

The game received a mainly positive review on release for its tense multiplayer genre and focus on tactics but also some criticism over a lack of content. Ubisoft focused on releasing new packages of downloadable content and Siege is now considered one of the best multiplayer games on the market. By February 2019 the title achieved over 45 million registered players. Ubisoft went on to partner with ESL to turn Rainbow Six Siege into an esports success and it has recently been revealed that Siege will be developed for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with support for cross-play.

The first Rainbow Six Pro League for Windows and Xbox One players was held at the Extreme Masters eSports tournament in March 2016 and Europe’s PENTA Sports took victory.
February 2020 saw the Six Invitational tournament this year, and the highest prize pool for Rainbow Six Siege yet at $3 million. The winnings went to the top 16 teams with the overall winners, American Spacestation Gaming, winning $1 million. The new Six Invitational changes the Siege esports landscape, ending the Pro League and creating a points-based system.

Top Players

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Michael “KiXSTAr” Stockley

Stockley was a professional esports competitor and is now a popular Rainbow Six Siege streamer. He is 23 years old and originally from the UK, but he moved to the US when he was small. He has competed professionally with Team Mythic, Sleepy Clan, Oribit.GG, OrglessGG and Evil Geniuses.

Stockley began playing video games when a friend of his mom gave him Diablo II at the age of ten. He began playing first person shooter (FPS) games including Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142. He then discovered the game Warface and learned how to edit videos by learning online. 

This player and streamer began playing Rainbow Six Siege when it was in beta. He left professional esports competing in 2016 and moved to commentating, casing and streaming but sometimes he still competes professionally. 

As per Top Twitch Streamers he is probably earning around $4,000 per month streaming which excludes tips, tournament winning and sponsorships. 

He has over 353,000 Twitch followers and over 5 million views to his Twitch channel.

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Austin “TSM_SmaK” Haggett

Haggett is an ex professional esports player and now a streamer of PUBG and Rainbow Six Siege. He is also Team SoloMid’s PUBG Manager and likes games with an “adversarial challenge.” He is 33 years old and from Austin, Texas. 

This player and streamer, like many others, grew up playing video games. Haggett had a Nintendo Entertainment System. As a teenager he discovered the FPS genre on PC and began competing professionally in Halo. He then competed in many MLG events for different FPS titles and first streamed his DayZ gameplay in 2013. 

Haggett moved to PUBG when it released and joined Team SoloMid’s PUBG team in 2017. Today he is retired from professional play and is described as a variety FPS streamer. 

Top Twitch Streamers estimates he earns around $3,000 per month just from streaming, he doesn’t have a set schedule due to his role with TSM. He’s known to stream a few times per week and has over 169,000 Twitch followers and has received over 8 million views to his Twitch channel.

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Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen

Mouritzen is a professional esports player of Rainbow Six Siege who is currently signed with G2 Esports. He’s also competed with PENTA Sports. He is 22 years old and from Denmark. 

This player found video games when he was four years old, his stepfather worked in IT and was interested in both computers and video games. Mouritzen aspired to be a professional player but, as per reports, only saw it as a possibility when Rainbow Six Siege was released while he was at university. He’d previously tried to enter the Counter-Strike and League of Legends scenes but found they were too established.

He then joined PENTA Sports, signing with them during Rainbow Six Siege’s first season in 2016 and then the team went on to win the Pro League Year 1 Season 1 Finals and achieve a significant winning streak. Mouritzen and his teammates transferred to G2 Esports in August 2018 gaining long-term contracts with the new team. 

Top Twitch Streamers puts Mouritzen as earning over $8,000 per months streaming, excluding donations, advertising, sponsorships etc and his team salary. He’s received at least $7,700 from his top ten donators alone. He’s also won around $344,000 from esports tournaments.

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Top Tips

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Learn the maps

Rainbow Six Siege is a complex title with lots to learn. The first task which can help build skills and confidence in the game is to learn the maps. In this game you can be attacked from just about anywhere but there are also lots of places for cover and where you can get an advantage on enemies. 

As well as playing and exploring, another way to learn maps and how professional players take advantage of map features is to watch the experts stream and play. High-level streamers and professional esports players will give you all the insights you need to find the best angles a map ha to offer.

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Listen, listen, listen

Ubisoft has really gone to town on the sound in Rainbow Six Siege. The developer created its own sound propagation system to make the game as realistic as it could. You will be able to hear muffled noises from the next room and sound travels by bouncing off walls and travelling through doorways. Your actions will make a significant amount of noise and can easily give away your location. This works both ways, if you really listen carefully in Rainbow Six Siege you can identify threats and the location of opponents. 

Professional esports players really focus on managing the amount of noise they create. Actions like jumping with a drone, for example, make a significant amount of noise.

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Learn from mistakes

It’s the same with any shooter or warfare game, you’re going to die, a lot, and probably very quickly. Though this can be incredibly frustrating for any beginner it’s where you learn to stay alive and eventually start winning games. Every elimination is a lesson – work out how you are getting killed, what mistakes are you making? Then work on fixing them. Practice, do your research, talk to teammates and watch the professionals play. Don’t give up, you’ll work it out. Be prepared to adapt your game style. Rainbow Six Siege is complex and different other titles in the genre. You’ll need to learn new skills and new strategies.

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Communicate

Communicating with your team is vital in Rainbow Six Siege though it can be daunting due to the game style and complexity. Wins will only come from working together as a team and unit. Teams have to make sure that everyone is on the same page and working together, drifting away from your team or team goals could well get everyone killed. Information is also critical in Rainbow Six Siege, little things like the information about an elimination or intel garnered from a drone can make or break a whole match.

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Try playing with friends

Playing Solo Rainbow Six Siege will certainly help you to learn and build your confidence and expertise at the game. So too will playing a 5v5 with random players as you will learn from their gameplay. The best experience, and way to advance, in Rainbow Six Siege if you can is to play with friends and people you know. You’ll work together better as a team, find it easier to communicate and will likely have a similar skill level meaning less frustration and a much more enjoyable match for you all. There’s lots of fun to be had while learning, and failing, too.

Rainbow Six Siege : Game Settings

Rainbow Six Siege : Game Statistics

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Nominations

Rainbow Six Siege was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2014. It received four nominations for awards from Game Critics Awards including Best of Show. Though Rainbow Six Siege had a relatively slow start, with many content updates its now classed as one of the best multiplayer games on the market.

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By February 2019, Rainbow Six Siege had achieved over 45 million registered players across all platforms. As per PC Games, by January 2020 Rainbow Six Siege had achieved 55 million players, up from 50 million players in September 2019 and showing there is still interest in the popular game. 

Concurrent Players

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Between December 2019 and January 2020 this title averaged 90,000 concurrent players. In March 2018 it achieved its concurrent peak record player count of 176,000.

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As per Sully Gnome, in February 2020 there were an average of 25,000 viewers watching Rainbow Six Siege streaming on Twitch, but this fell to a more normal level for the title of 17,000 in March 2020.

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