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Weeks of online competition has finally brought us the four teams that will be playing live at the ESL Premiership Finals this weekend in Manchester.

On Saturday, March 30th MnM Gaming, Team Secret, Vexed Gaming and Wind and Rain will head to the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester to compete for the title of Premiership Champions, and the first place prize of £4,400. Two semi finals and the grand final will be played in front of a live audience, which you can be a part of by purchasing tickets.

The defending Premiership champions Team Secret are once again looking to lift the trophy, and undoubtedly go in as the favourites. They were the only team to go undefeated in the group stage, with their only minor slip up happening against MnM Gaming when they drew 6-6 in the final week of the group stage. Beating the Pro League team will not be easy for any of the other finalists.

However, MnM Gaming have already proven they can go toe to toe with Secret, and have a very good shot at walking out as champions. They only lost one match, which was to Secret, during the group stage and dominated the other two teams in the group, even picking up a 7-0 victory over Flylo. They then managed to defeat Epsilon Esports, who finished third in the other group, to book their spot in Manchester.

Wind and Rain have the unenviable task of facing Team Secret in the first semi final in Manchester. They had a solid group stage, but of the four finalists they had the worst record, picking up three wins, one draw, and two losses. Things didn’t look good for Wind and Rain when they faced off against Who Knows, who placed third in Group A, in the playoffs, as they lost the first map 7-1. However, they turned it around with impressive 7-5 and 7-4 victories in the next two maps to qualify for the LAN finals.

The final team playing in Manchester is Vexed Gaming, who topped Group B. While they did lead top the group they were nowhere near as convincing as Team Secret from Group A, as they lost two matches, one of which was to Unnamed, which was the only win they managed to pick up all season. But everyone has an off day, so do not count Vexed out.

If you aren’t able to make it to Manchester to catch the action live you can of course watch it all on the Rainbow Six UK Twitch channel, and keep up to date with everything that is going on via the Rainbow Six UK Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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With the open qualifiers over and done with, the group stage of the ESL UK Rainbow Six Siege Premiership is back for another season of top quality action.

Every Wednesday you will be able to tune into the Premiership over on Twitch to watch eight of the UK and Ireland’s best Rainbow Six teams compete for a spot at the grand finals on March 30th 2019. The action begins at 7pm every Wednesday, with the first round of matches kicking off later today.

The top four teams from the last season of the UK Premiership, Team Secret, MNM Gaming, Vexed and Unnamed, were invited to the group stages after their strong performance last time around. They will be joined by the top four teams from the open qualifiers, Who Knows, Flyo, Wind and Rain (formerly Nothing Works) and No More Than 30 Ping.

In the first open qualifier it was Who Knows who came out on top, beating No More Than 30 Ping in the final. However, as the top two teams make it through to the next stage of the Premiership we will be seeing both teams in action. Who Knows were actually knocked into the lower bracket by No More Than 30 Ping, making their victory in the grand final even sweeter.

In the second open qualifier it was Flyo and Nothing Works (now picked up by Wind and Rain), that made it through to the group stage. Nothing Works went undefeated throughout the qualifier and won most of their games in convincing fashion. Expect them to be a real contender in the upcoming group stage.

The eight teams have been split into two groups of four, with two returning teams and two qualifier teams in each group. Group A features reigning champions Team Secret, MNM Gaming, Who Knows and Flyo. Group B is made up of Vexed, Unnamed, Wind and Rain and No More Than 30 Ping.

When the group stage comes to a close on March 6th the top team in each group will qualify for the live LAN finals. Then the second and third place teams in each group will compete in a playoff for the remaining spots in the finals on March 20th. More information about the finals will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Be sure to tune into the action as the latest season of the ESL UK Premiership gets underway later today, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and use the #ESLPrem hashtag, to keep up to date with the tournament.

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After an extraordinary season of ESL Premiership for Rainbow Six Siege with a sold out live final in Studio One in Leicester, ESL UK is set to bring back Rainbow Six Siege for another season filled with semi-pro competition.

The open qualifiers for the Spring Season 2019 will take place on 16th and 19th of January, and will see the top two UK and Irish teams from each qualifier advancing through with the chance to compete for the prize pool of £10,500. Joining them will be the four returning finalists from the 2018 Winter Season.


The most recent Rainbow Six Siege live final on 8th December 2018 sold out within three days. The event was packed with enthusiastic members of the Rainbow Six Siege community who brought an unforgettable degree of passion to the event, which featured top tier players from G2 such as Pengu and Shaz on the desk. The upcoming season of Rainbow Six Siege will feature an even higher level of competition, and will continue to bring the community together by creating places for them to meet across the country.

Tom “TankNinjaz” Connelly of Unnamed, a finalist team from the most recent Winter season is looking forward to the next season to get underway, ”We’re all excited for the return of Premiership for another season. It’s great for the UK scene and is going to make for more amazing games after a really competitive finals!”.

More information will follow shortly about the location and ticketing for the first touring Rainbow Six Siege PC Spring on the Premiership website and social media.

For your chance to qualify, check out the details of ESL PLAY qualifier one on the 16th of January and ESL PLAY qualifier two on the 19th of January.

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It all comes down to this! After one of the closest group stages ever, that literally came down to the last game to decide the teams that advanced, the final four teams in the ESL UK Premiership are ready to compete at the LAN finals.

In just a few days, on December 8th, Team Secret, Unnamed, MnM Gaming and Vexed.Ebuyer will all compete at ESL’s Studio 1 in Leicester to be crowned the ESL UK Rainbow Six Siege Premiership champions. All four teams have battle through tough competition to make it this far, and all have a great shot at walking out with the trophy.

Team Secret are the team to beat, after going undefeated in the competition so far, only drawing one game against MnM Gaming in the group stage and winning all the others. This comes as no surprise as the team also competes in the EU Pro League, the highest level of Rainbow Six competition in Europe.

But the other three teams in the competition are all more than capable of beating Secret. MnM Gaming also didn’t lose a single game in the tournament so far, but did draw three including one against Team Secret. Vexed.Ebuyer have the task of bringing them down in the semi-finals, and the two drew when they faced off in the group stage. This time there has to be a winner, which means this should be a great match.

Finally Unnamed have the tough task of facing Team Secret in the opening semi-final, but last time they faced off it went all the way to the final round before Secret pulled out the win. This time with a full best of three to play we expect things to be just as close.

You will be able to watch all of the action on Twitch, with the first match kicking off at noon and the grand final expected to start around 5:30PM. Expect to see the best Rainbow Six Siege competition the UK has to offer, all taking place at ESL’s impressive studio space.

To celebrate the finals we are also offering 66% off Rainbow Six Siege and Season Pass over at Ubisoft Store. From today until December 10th, 10am, you can grab Rainbow Six Siege and the Season Pass at the reduced price and start practising to compete in the next season of the ESL UK Premiership.

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After six weeks of top Rainbow Six Siege action, we are finally coming down the to the most important matches in the ESL Premiership group stage, with just one matchday remaining, there are multiple possibilities in how things will end up heading into the playoffs.

ESL Premiership Rainbow Six Siege Top Plays Of The Month - October - YouTube

As many expected, Pro League side Team Secret are sitting at the top of the standings and are guaranteed first place regardless of what happens in the last playday. They have a record of five wins and one draw, only dropping points to MnM Gaming UK, who in turn sit just behind with three wins and three draws and are the favourites to take the all-important second place.

Secret’s level of play has been impressive, with Meepy’s 1v3 clutch against Barrage Esports in week four being one of the highlights of the season so far. However, M4dman_’s ace in week three probably just beats it out as the most impressive play we have seen; everyone loves a good ace!

As we look a little further down the table there is a lot at stake. MnM, Vexed.Ebuyer, Guidance Gaming and Unnamed could all theoretically take second place with a good win in the last week, while the three that just miss out on that will still be hoping for a good result to allow for better playoff seeding.

The final spot in the playoffs is also up for grabs, with Barrage Esports and Horizon Union meeting in the final match of the group stage to decide the winner, a win or draw will be enough for Barrage, but Horizon will not be an easy opponent.

Wind and Rain are the only team out of playoff contention entirely, having lost all of their matches this season. It’s been a rough time for them, despite showing some solid play across many of their matches.

The all-important final group stage matchday will take place next Wednesday, November 14th, with all of the action being shown live on Twitch. Then after that, it is onto the playoffs and the LAN finals in December. You can find detailed results of all the matches so far, and check out the schedule for the upcoming matches, over on the ESL Premiership website.

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What a year it has been for Rainbow Six Siege, we saw our first major event at the Paris Major 2018, in addition to the Invitational, Atlantic City Season 7 Pro League Finals and the second season of our very own ESL UK Rainbow Six Siege Premiership.

To top it off in amazing fashion we have the Season 8 Pro League Finals in Rio de Janeiro on November 17th and 18th, with the best teams in the world competing for that spot as the best team in the world and that Pro League title.

Sadly Rio de Janeiro is a little too far for some of us Brits so instead, we want to bring Rio de Janeiro to you … well, in a bar in west London.

So if you are over 18 and a fan of all things Rainbow Six Siege then come along to our Pro League Finals UK Viewing Party at Loading Bar (Server) on Goldhawk Road. We have such a great mix of people attending from content creators such as Griefdrums, Snedger, ProdigoPete, and many more to esports personalities and Ubisoft Staff, we will be streaming day one of the Pro League live from Rio de Janeiro plus we will have a free to play area available if you want to try your hand at Rainbow Six Siege or team up with other attendees.

In addition to all that Rainbow Six Siege goodness we have cool bits to give away throughout the day including a Limited Edition Sau-Siege fan art T-Shirts only made for our event, a load of cool Siege swag and also if you buy a drink you get a cool Chibi keyring (while stocks last).

So feel free to come down and get involved with everything that is going on or simply grab a drink and enjoy the Pro League Finals. Please see event details at the bottom of this post for all information.

Event Details

     Date: 17 November 2018
     Time: 2pm-2am
     Location: Loading Bar (Server), 174 Goldhawk Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8HJ, UK
     Age Restriction: 18+ (Must provide valid ID)
     Capacity: 300 (First come, first served)

Teams Competing
G2 Esports
  • Pengu
  • jOONAS
  • Goga
  • Fabian
  • Kantoraketti
  • Shas[O]Udas (Coach)
Mock-It Esports
  • Ripz
  • ks
  • Vale
  • Korey
  • Bakabryan
  • Lazzo (Coach)
Evil Geniuses
  • Canadian
  • Necrox
  • nvK
  • Yung
  • Geoometrics
  • Gotcha (Coach)
Rogue
  • Ecl9pse
  • Slashug
  • Easilyy
  • supr
  • Shuttle
  • Ranger (Coach)
FaZe Clan
  • Astro
  • Cameram4n
  • HSnamuringa
  • mav
  • yoona
Immortals
  • oNe
  • Cyb3r
  • Novys
  • D1OG1O
  • yuuk
PET Nora-Rengo
  • Wokka
  • Merieux
  • JJ
  • Papilia
  • ReyCyil
  • kizoku (Coach)
Fnatic
  • Acez
  • Magnet
  • Lusty
  • RizRaz
  • NeophyteR
  • Dizzle (Coach)

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Ubisoft games are all connected. While that doesn’t necessarily mean your favorite Assassin will show up in Rainbow Six Siege, it does mean that you can earn rewards for one game by playing another, all thanks to the Ubisoft Club.

By simply playing Ubisoft games, you’ll earn Ubisoft Club units which can be used to unlock in-game content and bonus features, like weapons, skins, resources, and more. You can also use unit s for a discount at the Ubisoft Store. Furthermore, the more Ubisoft games you play, the more you get: if you’ve played Rainbow Six Siege and Far Cry 5, you’ll find yourself with access to a Rainbow Six Siege outfit for Far Cry 5, and an Eden’s Gate gun charm for Rainbow Six Siege. On top of that, an ever-changing roster of live gaming challenges and events give you the opportunity to earn exclusive items, along with in-game credits and bonus Ubisoft Club units.

Each month, we’ll be sharing the most popular Club content and challenges right here on Ubisoft News.

This month, we’re highlighting Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor. Meanwhile, it looks like the Ghosts are still keeping busy down in Bolivia. For Honor’s “Warden Initiate” was the most completed in-game challenge during the month of September.

Weekly Challenges

Over in the less-than-restful Hope County, Montana, Far Cry 5’s live events have been occupying players – with both the Personal and Community Goals from the game’s week-long “Sharp Shooter” and “White Collar Job” challenges completed in less than 24 hours. Congratulations to all the participants on their hard-earned rewards, including the shovel launcher and Jacob’s hunting outfit.

The Club team is always thrilled to see so many fans visit Ubisoft’s booths at gaming events around the world. To return the favor, an in-game rewards program focused on gaming conventions launched during E3. Fans can register to receive a personal QR code online and then scan that code at select gaming events to earn even more Ubisoft Club Rewards.

More than 12,000 reward packages have been distributed so far, from E3, Gamescom and PAX West. If you’re heading to Igromir in Russia, be ready: in-game rewards are coming!

As ever, if you want to stay up to date with your favourite Ubisoft games, hit up club.ubisoft.com, or download the Ubisoft Club mobile app on iOS or Android.

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The Ubisoft Startup Program joins forces with entrepreneurial projects that can be linked to the videogame industry. The nexus for many of these project is Station F, the world’s largest startup campus. During Season Two of the Program, the focus was on two areas in particular, mixed reality and blockchain, and for Season Three, the focus will be artificial intelligence and blockchain. Those interested in applying can learn more here, and you can read on to learn more about the devices and technologies developed in Season Two.

Ubisoft Explores Mixed Reality Technologies at Station F - Season 2 - YouTube

Season Two featured companies working on mixed reality and blockchain, with Ubisoft’s Executive Director of EMEA, Alain Corre on hand to help out and advise. In the mixed reality sector, Ubisoft supported both PANDA guide and Mimesys.

By utilizing audio and haptics, PANDA Guide is creating the first AR device for the blind and partially sighted. Ubisoft worked with PANDA guide to create toy concepts and prototypes which could be used on the PANDA guide device that were playable and fun for everyone, regardless of the strength of their vision. While their team endeavoured to improve their device’s UX design, they gave Ubisoft the opportunity to dig further into accessibility for our players in order to help us design ways for everyone to play games.

Mimesys is developing a technology called “holoportation”, which scans users as 3D holograms and then places them in VR and AR. Through collaboration, the Ubisoft Startup Program was given the opportunity to think about potential use cases and strategies for these frontier mixed-reality technologies that will undoubtedly impact our future.

Alongside mixed reality projects, Ubisoft also worked with iExec and Azarus who work in the rapidly developing Blockchain sector.

iExec is a blockchain-based decentralized marketplace for computing resources, allowing everyone to monetize data and computing power. Even if iExec is not exclusively entertainment industry-focused, its initiatives offer a vision of what decentralization could become at a large scale. Collaboration with iExec included developing their community of users and developers and understanding the potential requirements of key accounts to be able to use iExec technology.

Azarus is developing a tokenized, distributed, and automated video game challenges platform. Azarus had the great opportunity to test their offer with three Twitch streamers on R6. The results were great and we’ll have more info to come from the team!

If you’re interested in learning more about Season Three visit our site here and stay tuned to the Ubisoft blog for more on the Ubisoft Startup Program.

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The Hieroglyphics Initiative, a research project launched by Ubisoft and Google Cloud on the occasion of Assassin’s Creed Origins’ release in 2017, paves the way towards an open source Hieroglyphics translation tool for Academics and beyond.

Ubisoft believes Machine Learning has the power to improve research for Academics and the way Humanities are both taught and made accessible to a greater audience, thus contributing to enriching people’s lives. With Google Cloud and Psycle on board, Ubisoft gathered some of the best players in the industry to find ways to modernise the process of translating hieroglyphics using machine learning systems, a process that otherwise has remained virtually unchanged for over a century.

Today, at Google Cloud Next ’18 in London, Ubisoft, Google Cloud and Psycle presented the first results of the Hieroglyphics Initiative along with Perrine Poiron, Egyptologist and Ph. D student (Sorbonne/UQAM). The initial idea behind the Hieroglyphics Initiative brew in the minds of Ubisoft teams while working with Egyptologists during the development of Assassin’s Creed Origins, set in Ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic Period.

Pierre Miazga, Project Director at Ubisoft commented during Google Cloud Next: “At Ubisoft, our mission, obviously, is to entertain. But more than that, our will really is to enrich peoples’ lives. That is why, more than developing a videogame, we became convinced that we had a role to play in research.”

Assassin’s Creed players massively contribute to the success of the tool

The first part of the automated translation process is generating an accurate facsimile of the hieroglyphs through the Hieroglyphics Initiative tool. It then moves on to recognizing each individual glyph thanks to machine learning systems before analyzing the whole sequence in terms of words, in order to produce a final translation.

It’s a well-known fact that training machine learning systems requires large quantities of data, so when in need to source an initial data set into the Hieroglyphics Initiative’s drawing tool, Ubisoft turned to the Assassin’s Creed community. Their response was both immediate and massive: more than 80,000 glyphs were drawn in the tool over the course of one night.

“To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect when we called out to players for help, it was a first in many ways. We surely didn’t expect such a massive and rapid response, the Hieroglyphics Initiative wouldn’t have made such rapid progress if it wasn’t for the fans’ contribution to the machine learning process”, said Pierre Miazga.

A more sophisticated version of the drawing tool is now being developed for use as a teaching aid for Ancient Egyptian grammar students. This side project within the Hieroglyphics Initiative has been welcomed by many Academic supporters of the research project.

Open source Hieroglyphics translator to become available before the end of 2018

The support of Academic contributors around the world has helped shape the Hieroglyphics Initiative. However it is only starting and now requires the contribution of the scientific community to deliver its full promise, therefore the data and tools will open source before the end of the year.

One of Hieroglyphics Initiative supporters and contributors is Macquarie University, from Sydney, Australia:
“The work of Ubisoft’s Hieroglyphics Initiative creates a unique opportunity to cross disciplinary boundaries and apply tools and technologies from digital humanities to the discipline of Egyptology. Starting with the hieroglyphs from the tombs at Beni Hassan, this project provides a framework and set of purpose-built tools to digitally capture and analyse hieroglyphic data. Working with this tool enables educators to infuse cutting-edge technology into our teaching and opens opportunities for research collaborations and partnerships”, said Dr Alex Woods, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Ubisoft will keep supporting the Hieroglyphics Initiative on the longer term in collaboration with Google Cloud teams as both hope for it to have a long-lasting legacy, and be the basis for more innovations in the study of Middle Egyptian.

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After some of the most exciting open qualifiers we have ever seen, eight teams are locked in for the Rainbow Six Siege UK Premiership and the group stage action gets underway tonight.

Starting today you will be able to watch the group stage of the UK Premiership every Wednesday at 7pm live on Twitch. The group stage will last for eight weeks, with the teams playing in a best of one round robin format. This means that the teams will have to beat the best in the league to make it to the LAN finals.

After making it through the qualifiers, Pro League squad and top four finishers at the Paris Major, Team Secret are arguably the biggest name in the competition, and will certainly be tough to beat. But as we have seen before in the UK Premiership anything can happen, and some of the other teams have real potential. Who knows, maybe we will see the next team to make it to the Pro League come from this season of the UK Premiership.

Joining Team Secret in the competition are Guidance Gaming, Vexed.Ebuyer, Unnamed, MnM Gaming UK, Team No Home, Barrage Esports and Horizon Union. Over the next eight weeks they will all compete, trying to win a spot at the LAN finals. The top four teams in the group stage will make it to the LAN finals, which will take place at the ESL Leicester 1 studio on Saturday December 8th 2018, where the teams will battle it out for the lion’s share of the £10,500 prize pool.

If you wish to tune into the action live you can already subscribe to the Rainbow Six UK Twitch channel to be notified when the broadcast goes live, or simply head on over there at 7pm every Wednesday. The action will be brought to you by some of the finest Rainbow Six casters, who will make sure you don’t miss any of the important details.

If you can’t watch along live you can keep up to date with all the action by heading to the Rainbow Six UK Facebook and Twitter pages and you can get involved in the conversation by using the #ESLPrem hashtag. Be sure to clip the most amazing moments of the opening week and share them with the hashtag.

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