UK esports added another string to its bow today after a Navi side consisting mainly of UK players won the Rainbow Six Pro League Season 10 finals.
They beat North American organisation DarkZero 2-0 at the finals in Tokoname, Japan.
Navi’s UK players in the final included Kendrew, CTZN, and Pie, who was standing in for fellow Brit Doki, who is currently banned for toxic behaviour and thus wasn’t able to play in the finals. They also have Polish player Saves and Croation player neLo, as well as UK coach Kid Giggy.
Kendrew previously told Esports News UK back in April he believed his team could definitely qualify for the Pro League – well now they’ve gone on and won it.
Navi won 7-4 on Consulate and 7-3 on Coastline, and Pie was named MVP (most valuable player).
Kendrew said: “It feels amazing. The crowd were incredible, everyone here, thank you for your support.
“We said during the games if we enjoy playing, we have fun, we laugh, we play well. If we stress, we bicker. If we enjoy our games and have fun, that’s what happens.”
Not only are the team mostly British, but there was another talented Brit on stage who has made a real name for himself in the Rainbow Six esports scene in recent years: host Matt Andrews (as seen announcing Navi as champions in the video above).
This result is a huge one for UK esports. We have world champions in other games, such as F1, Street Fighter and FIFA, as well as arguably world-class players in the likes of Call of Duty and Overwatch. Now Rainbow Six’s Navi players join the list of esteemed UK esports heroes.
From all of us here at Esports News UK, we salute you.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.