Ubisoft has announced that the Six Invitational 2022 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden instead of Montreal, Canada due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will continue to maintain its previous dates of February 8-20 and will take place in a LAN environment with no live audience.
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The French game developer and publisher said the decision was due to Quebec’s renewed regulations and event restrictions. These limitations result from the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The Quebec government hired Dimensions for public indoor events on December 31, including a vaccination card requirement and a capacity limit.
The 2021 Six Invitational took place in Paris in May with teams at the Palais Brongniart. Ninjas in Pajamas earned $1 million with a first place finish. While there will be no live audience for the second year in a row, Ubisoft stated that it is considering third-party requests to host local watch parties.
Co-streaming at the 2022 Six Invitational
Ubisoft again confirmed that the Six Invitational 2022 will allow co-streaming. This means that Ubisoft will select streamers and content creators to stream the tournament on their Twitch channels. This is another example of how publishers, including Ubisoft and Riot Games, are using co-streaming to hype major esports events.
In addition, Ubisoft revoked the Streaming Rights It was granted to players in 2021 just before the start of the regional leagues. With popular figures in the Rainbow Six community like Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen streaming the Six Invitational 2022 stream, there could also be an increase in viewership from last year’s 306,494 top viewers.
The 2022 Six Invitational marks the end of the 2021 season and sets the tone for the season ahead.