The UK and Ireland’s Rainbow Six Siege ESL Premiership will return for a 2020 Spring Season.
It will see the introduction of a new broadcast schedule, a returning prize pool of £20,000 and more.
ESL says the Rainbow Six Siege Premiership operates in order to ‘create opportunities and experiences for homegrown talent to develop into world class players’.
The tournament has seen success, with players from all backgrounds becoming global competitors flying the flag for UK and Ireland esports.
Previous national champions have gone on to take part in international tournaments, including the scene’s most prestigious event – the Six Invitational. Late last year, former MnM Gaming UK players won the Rainbow Six Pro League Season 10 finals with Navi.
As the 2019 champions, Rainbow Six Pro League winners and three-time ESL Premiership champions, Natus Vincere will be stepping away from the Premiership in 2020 due to other commitments, paving the way for a different champion.
The Spring Season Finals will be held in the tournament’s home city of Leicester, at De Montfort University’s The Venue on Saturday March 28th. Tickets are now on sale, priced at £8 for a full-day pass, with the doors opening at 10am to welcome fans.
The first playday of the ESL Premiership Spring Season 2020 will be February 27th, with group stages consisting of a single round-robin format. The following three weeks will feature two playdays per week which will decide the first two Live Finalists.
Once group stages have been completed, this will lead into Playoffs, where the last two Live Finals spots will be secured on Saturday March 21st. The first season of 2020 will then finish on a high with the aforementioned Live Finals on Saturday 28th March.
The ESL Premiership will see the return of inaugural PC champions Team Secret, MnM Gaming, Randy’s and Fierce Esports. Up-and-comers from relegations Enclave Gaming, Burning Foxes GG and Audacity Esports also come into the fold and will be joined by the winner of the Open Qualifier final between DemiseGG and Squids.
The season will commence on twitch.tv/rainbowsix_uk at 7pm GMT on Thursday February 27th for week one, with the action then continuing on for the following weeks of play on Wednesday and Thursday evenings subsequently.
Tickets to attend the live finals are available from Eventbrite at esl.im/R6SFinals.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, 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.