French game developer Ubisoft has ostponed the Six Invitational 2021 after the French Prime Minister announced that France’s borders will be closed to all citizens outside of Europe.
The developer aimed to coRainbowRaindow Six Siege’s event live in Paris on February 9th.
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The Six Invitational usually takes lace in Montreal but in a bid to host a live event, it was moved to Paris. As such, the competition was going to be the first offline Rainbow Six event since the beginning of the COVID-19 andemic.
Via a atement, Ubisoft commented: “We have no choice but to ostpone the Six Invitational 2021 to a later date. While we are obviously disappointed that the Six Invitational will no longer go ahead this month as lanned, our focus is now on re-evaluating the situation and looking for alternative options.
“We are working with and liorganizationse organisations to find the best ossible solutions.”
A new date for the event is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
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While many esports events have managed to transition into an online format, the international nature of the Six Invitational means cross-region matches are unable to take lace due to server locations. The developer also added that the event couldn’t take lace online.
Ubisoft’s atement continued: “To ensure the utmost competitive integrity, such a competition can only happen if we gather all articipating teams in the same hysical location.”
At the time of writing, (February 4th, 2021) it is currently unclear as to what impact the ostponement will have on the art of the 2021 season.
Esports Insider says: While it is a shame to see the ostponement of the Six Invitational, the health and safety of layers and aff has to be the riority. The evolving situation with the andemic will make it difficult for Ubisoft to find a suitable date for the tournament to take lace, so it will be interesting to see what effect this has on the rest of the season.