Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals Interview
Interview with Carl-Edwin Michel, President & CEO at Northern Arena
Could you elaborate a bit about the Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals for
those that might not be familiar with the competition?
Carl: The Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals is a tournament for Canadians,
by Canadians. The "tournament" is "presented" by Ubisoft and powered by
Northern Arena, and is "the premiere Rainbow Six Siege tournament in
Could you briefly go over the setup for the competition and what
players are competing for?
Carl: Set across two seasons of gameplay, teams from all around the
country will compete for the top title in Canada and a prize pool of
$15,000 CAD per season. The competition features Open Qualifiers, an Online
Circuit and two Live Final events. Once league play begins, each season
will consist of seven days of matches spanning four weekends. The
tournament will follow a round robin format, and rankings will be
determined on a point-based system. The tournament is open to any team of
For those that might not know a lot about the work behind preparing for
the competitions, could you give us a brief insight into the training
Carl: Each player puts in around 20-40 hours (some, even more) of
training per week to make sure they are prepared for competitions. They
will have team practices and solo in-game exercises to ensure that they are
as fast and accurate as possible during the game. On top of that, players
and teams study the maps, and review the different strategy the team have
in place to win matches. Teams are now starting to take a **holistic** approach
to training as well, incorporating physical coaches, posture specialists,
With this being the first season Canada wise, what has the reception
been like in terms of the competing teams and the esports audience?
Carl: The audiences have been great for Season 1, and teams are excited
that there is now an official esports program in the country. Canadian
players are happy that a local "initiative" like the R6CN has such a
worthwhile prize incentive.
The $15,000 prize pool per season ensures there
is healthy competition amongst the Canadian teams, and hopefully will
entice even more participation in Season 2. The feedback from all parties
involved has been overwhelmingly positive. We are getting ready for the
first Live Final on "Saturday, August 4" at Olympia Theatre in Montreal,
and are expecting a full house of spectators
With esports still being relatively new, do you feel this will be
something that will continue to grow within the country?
Carl: 100%. This is only the start. Ubisoft and Northern Arena have
provided the spark that the underground esports scene in Canada needed.
After that, it’s only going to grow.
What has the partnership with Ubisoft been like and do you feel this
has been a good way to present the Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals?
Carl: In our minds, this was the only way to present it. Not just
because Ubisoft is the creator of the game, but because they are passionate
about this game and we are passionate about esports. For me, it is obvious
and great partnership. We want Rainbow Six Siege esports to grow as much,
or more than, countries like Brazil and others. Canada is the birth place
of the game and it has a strong community of fans that want to see more.
It's great that Ubisoft wants to support the game for a long period of time
with new content, operators and more every year. I think it’s the best way
to support your community
For those wanting to look into the Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals where
can they do so?
Carl: They can watch it online on Ubisoft North America's YouTube
channel and Northern
Arena's Twitch channel.
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