Ubisoft reveals revenue sharing Pilot Program for Rainbow Six esports players

Ubisoft reveals revenue sharing Pilot Program for Rainbow Six esports players

Rainbow Six Siege Pro League teams will be able to get revenue from in-game items in the tactical shooter.

This is part of Ubisoft's new Pilot Program, which lets the top teams, as well as those in the Invitational 2019 prizepool, get cash based on sales of in-games items.

The aim seems to be give those in the Rainbow Six: Siege esports sector more stability. The Pilot Program kicks off on June 11th, at the start of the eighth season of the Pro League, and will continue until the end of Season 9 in May 2019.

“For us, the Pilot Program is a way to reward the teams that are contributing to the League and help it grow,” Ubisoft esports director for EMEA François-Xavier Dénièle said.

“For fans, we believe it is one of the most direct ways to show their support to specific teams and players. With this program, we are expanding on the Team Charm initiative we ran with different teams during last year’s Pro League seasons.”

Rainbow Six Siege launched at the end of 2015 to a muted response, but to date it has been played by over 25m players, adding five million between August and December 2017. We spoke to Dénièle last year to see what Ubisoft had learnt from the project's first two years.

It hasn't all been good news though; the game has had issues with toxicity in its community, something that Ubisoft is addressing at the moment.

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