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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.