The biggest ANZ Rainbow Six esports event is back!
Rainbow Six made its mark on Australia last year at PAX Aus. Now, the Six Masters returns for another big year. The 12 best teams in Australia and New Zealand will compete for the chance to play live on stage at the Melbourne Esports Open. The Melbourne Esports Open started in 2018. It’s a celebration of esports and last year featured the OPL League of Legends finals, and the Overwatch Contenders Australia finals. This year, all three games will feature at MEO. The event will take place at Margaret Court Arena on August 31 and September 1. This is the same location as the Fortnite Summer Smash earlier this year.
Six Masters teams
The Six Oceanic Cup 2019 victors, Orgless, are invited as the first seeded team. The remaining Pro League teams for Season IX will receive invitations too. These include Fnatic, Mindfreak, Oddity, ex-AVANT, and Ex Nihilo. The qualifiers for the remaining six teams will be held through the ESL Go4 tournaments. These start in May and go through to June. The top six teams from the Go4 will go through to the tournament bracket.
The top 12 teams will compete in a round robin group stage event starting in June. Each game will be Bo3 and will be broadcast live on the official Twitch channel. The top eight teams will go on to the finals at MEO and will battle it out in single-elimination Bo3 to determine the winner of the competition. The champion team will earn the title of Six Masters 2019! Stay tuned for the prize pool announcement.
More esports for Australia
It’s exciting to see the Six Masters return to Australia. Sebastian Østfeldt, the Esports Business Analyst for Ubisoft Australia, is passionate about the gaming community and can’t wait to see the competition at MEO:
We could not be more excited to bring the Six Masters to the Melbourne Esports Open in 2019. Following the tremendous success of last year’s event, our goal this year is to create something even bigger and better for our passionate community. Giving eight teams the opportunity to compete in front of thousands of fans in Margaret Court Arena is the perfect way to achieve that goal.
Nick Vanzetti, the MD & Senior Vice President of ESL APJ, says Rainbow Six has been growing in the region:
We’re thrilled to be able to announce that Rainbow Six will be at the Melbourne Esports Open, and have a massive presence with the Six Masters. Rainbow Six has been going from strength to strength here in the region, and we’re excited to see the response from fans at the event.
Tickets for the Melbourne Esports Open are already on sale. Grab yours today so you don’t miss out on this epic display of esports.
The announcement of the Six Masters 2019 follows the Rainbow Six Pro League Season IX APAC Finals. Fnatic (the Aussies) and Nora-Rengo (the Japanese) claimed victory and set their sights on the Pro League Finals in Milan. They’ll take place next week. You can watch all the action on Twitch and follow the Rainbow Six Twitter page for the latest news.