Ubisoft released details on its upcoming Rainbow Six Asia-Pacific League, the 3rd of 4 regional leagues as part of its brand-new global competitive structure.

Unlike the leagues in Europe and North America, the Rainbow 6 Asia-Pacific League will be divided into 2 departments which run in a different way.

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The North division will include teams from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. The same 12 teams will compete in this region throughout the season.

The South Department will be divided once again into Oceania and South Asia. Eight groups will complete in the Oceania department. The South Asia division, comprised of groups from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, will contend in a series of open online competitions.

The new league structure is certainly intricate. At the global level, the leagues are comparable. There are three majors each year – this year just two due to COVID-19 – and all areas send four teams. The Six Invitational takes the top 16 teams in cumulative standings and then opens up 4 more spots to open qualifiers. But beyond that, each area begins veering off in its own direction, none more so than APAC.

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The European and North American Leagues were modelled relatively similarly. There are some essential differences, the NA League sees two teams relegated each year while the European league sees simply one, however the Rainbow 6 Asia-Pacific League reveals a determination from Ubisoft to get creative with structure. That creativity could continue into Latin America as well.

The developer appears to be settling into a release pattern of every Wednesday until all four regions are announced. As such, it’s sensible to anticipate the Latin America local league to be announced on June 3rd.

Esports Insider says: Various areas need different league setups to be effective. Riot Games’ desire to change format based on region has actually assisted League of Legends esports broaden rapidly. With four location-based leagues and various formats for each, the Rainbow 6 esports rollout is showing to be one of the most extensive esports structures to date. If it can successfully operate all 4 leagues, hats off to Ubisoft.