RIYADH: Gamers8 is set to launch Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege in Saudi Arabia this weekend, as the world’s best players and teams battle it out over a total prize pool of $2 million.
The four-day tournament in the hugely popular online tactical shooter video game commences on Thursday, Aug. 3, at Boulevard Riyadh City’s purpose-built arena, with the winners of Sunday’s grand finale taking home an impressive $400,000.
Turki Alfawzan, chief executive officer at the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “There is a big reason that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege remains one of the most popular multiplayer games available, and we look forward immensely to a fascinating, elite weekend of gaming in Riyadh.
“Be it within the Kingdom or beyond, the game’s ever-expanding player base keeps growing as fans relish the colorful cast of operators, intricate and intense gameplay, dynamic maps, and tactical approach to shooters. A game with a huge amount of personality, there truly is something for every kind of gamer to be found in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Let battle commence at Gamers8.”
For the first time ever, a team from MENA will face the rest of the world at an international event, with Saudi Arabia’s Team Falcons getting their opportunity to shine on the big stage. The local heroes’ side is one of eight teams taking part in the competition. In the Group A upper bracket semifinals, Team Liquid face WYLDE, while DAMWON Gaming come up against Spacestation Gaming. In the Group B upper bracket semifinals, TSM face MIBR, while Team BDS challenge Team Falcons.
Among the top players will be American national Beaulo, who currently stars for TSM. Brazilian hotshots Paluh and nesk, from Team Liquid, will be looking to fire their side to glory, while French favorite Shaiiko of Team BDS is always worth watching.
The winners of the competition will walk away with $400,000, second place will claim $250,000 and third $180,000.
Fourth place will get $130,000, while fifth and sixth each get $80,000. Finally, the teams in seventh and eighth positions get $40,000 each.
Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is the fourth tournament in the Gamers8 season being held in Riyadh. It follows the Rocket League, the Dota 2 Riyadh Masters and Fortnite.