Joining the huge amount of esport events affected by the Coronavirus, Ubisoft and ESL have cancelled this year’s Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 11 finals and the APAC finals LAN event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In a statement released on Ubisoft’s website, it reads: “While we’re obviously disappointed that these events won’t be going ahead, we are excited for the continued growth of Rainbow Six esports and look forward to the kick-off of our new regionalised esports program.”
The Pro League will continue as normal in the online-only format, with more announcements expected to come.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the LAN finals. But the grind continues and we are here to keep the show going!— ESL Rainbow Six (@ESLRainbowSix) March 17, 2020
Take good care of yourselves, friends! pic.twitter.com/X5GULBOcfL
The prize pool for the Pro League finals will be distributed between the four regions, with $72,500 going to each respectively.
The Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 11 finals were scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 16-17th May - which marked the end of the current format of the league.
Following this date, a new format will see focus switch to four main regions; North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
These four regions will feed into the global ranking structure and will be separated into four quarters, with each quarter concluding with a Major tournament where the top four teams from each region compete against one another in an international tournament.
The fourth quarter will see each region have their own regional finals, with the top teams qualifying for the Six Invitational in February 2021.
It’s unclear if the virus outbreak will affect this planned schedule or the Six Invitational next year.