Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season XI Finals Canceled
As other esports have had to postpone, cancel, or move events online, Rainbow Six Siege has seemed to have avoided the eye of the storm known as the coronavirus pandemic, with neigh a peep out of the scene over its impact on the competitive scene. That safety from the ravages the disease has had other sports and esports’ schedules now seems to be over, though, as ESL has today announced the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season XI Finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil has been canceled.
Season XI Finals Won’t Happen
In an announcement on the league’s official website, league operator ESL stated that “Due to the current travel restrictions and the evolving COVID-19 situation, Ubisoft and ESL are canceling the upcoming APAC LAN Finals as well as the Rainbow Six Pro League Season 11 Finals in São Paulo, Brazil.” The safety of the staff, players, and attendees take precedence. ESL apologized to fans for being unable to deliver the hyped end to the season they had been waiting for, though noted that, “this is what had to be done.”
The regular season, online portion of the league is still scheduled to continue as planned. The prize pool for the Pro League finals will now be distributed amongst the four regions who had representation there, with $75,000 going to each (APAC will divide theirs four ways between their mini regions).
Fans have been quick to express their disappointment with the decision. Though, many were understanding given the current global crisis. Most just expressed their excitement for when they’ll get to see their favorite teams live again.
The tournament was to mark the end of the current format of the ESL Pro League before moving over to the multiple Major system revealed earlier this year at the Siege Invitational. But now this era of Siege will have to go out with a putter instead of a bang.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the situation around the coronavirus continued effect on esports develops.