Big news for Rainbow Six Siege's Pro League today as FNATIC joins the list of big name organisations to buy into the game's esports community, acquiring the Australian Mindfreak roster.
Mindfreak's roster is one of the best in the Asia-Pacific region, so there's no question that FNATIC have come into the esport intending to make an impact.
We won't have to wait long to see FNATIC's new roster in action: the eight best teams from the Asia-Pacific region will face off in Sydney, Australia from April 14-15, as part of the Pro League's Season 7. The winner of this will be crowned with the title of best Asia-Pacific team for Season 7, but the two finalists will also head to Atlantic City in the United States to compete in Season 7's global final on May 19-20.
They're one of just two Australian teams competing in the event, joined by fellow Aussie team ViewSonic.DarkSided.
“We are delighted to welcome an organisation as renowned as Fnatic into the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League and to our esports scene globally, especially here in the Asia-Pacific region”, said François-Xavier Dénièle, Esports Director, Ubisoft EMEA. “It showcases how fast this region is developing, along with the great results at the Six Invitational 2018 back in February. It also proves that the Pro League is evolving towards a more robust and global model.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be establishing another team in the Asian Pacific.”, said Patrik Sättermon, CGO, FNATIC. “We’re thrilled to be redoubling our efforts in the region alongside our other operations. Needless to say this squad of guys have been a dominating force with incredible dedication to the game and with the top 8 finish at Six invitational 2018 we feel like this can be the start of a new dynasty team in Australian Esports. This comes with a great challenge to continue the growth of the Aussie esports scene and FNATIC as an organization that has gone from a home in Australia to the biggest esports organization in the world.”
They've bought in at a good time, as this is the last Rainbow Six Siege season to span just three months. From this point onwards, each year will be comprised of two six-month seasons in the Pro League, starting when Season 8 kicks off in June 2018.