Raleigh to Host Global Esports Gamers at Six Major Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C.Ubisoft in partnership with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance announces that a major gaming competition will be coming to Raleigh in August. The 2019 Six Major Raleigh will take place Aug. 12-18 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

As the second largest Rainbow Six esports event of the year, the Six Major Raleigh gathers 16 of the best Rainbow Six teams from around the world to compete for a prize pool of $500,000. After the group stage phase Aug. 12-14, the eight qualifying teams will face off during the Six Major Raleigh's final phase Aug. 16-18.

This is the largest major esports competition Raleigh has hosted in more than five years and is the direct result of a broader strategic effort underway to put Raleigh on the map as a premier global esports destination of choice.

With more than a dozen developers and publishers in the region, nationally recognized video game design programs at N.C. State University and Wake Technical Community College along with a robust ecosystem in place, the gaming industry in Raleigh is as innovative and thriving as it’s ever been.

In addition, one key recommendation from the Destination 2028 Plan for Wake County unveiled in 2018 called for strategies to grow the area’s reputation around esports including hosting major gaming events.

As a result, the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance has taken its track record and expertise in bringing traditional professional, amateur and youth sporting events to Wake County and partnered with Big Block Capital/Subnation, a creative services company, IP accelerator and consulting company specializing in esports with offices in California, New York and North Carolina to form the Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee to strategically target and attract esports events to Wake County.

In addition to promoting Raleigh’s world-class, esports-ready facilities and modern infrastructure, the Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee is positioned to offer leagues, publishers, event organizers and communities that host their events in Wake County with operational, promotional and measured economic support.

About Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege:
Alongside a thriving professional esports scene and a community of over 40 million registered players, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of a fast-paced, ever-evolving multiplayer experience grounded in the selection of unique Operators. Using the right mix of tactics and destruction, Rainbow Six teams engage their enemies in sieges, where both sides have exclusive skills and gadgets at their disposal. Through the constant addition of new maps and Operators inspired by real-world counter-intelligence agents, the unpredictability of each round of Rainbow Six Siege sets a new bar for intensity and competition in gaming.

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy's video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft's worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017–2018 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

About the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau :
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the official destination marketing organization of Raleigh and Wake County, accelerates sustainable economic growth and development by increasing visitor and convention business. Raleigh/Wake County welcomes more than 16 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.5 billion. The hospitality and tourism industry employs more than 68,000 people in Wake County which accounts for roughly 10% of the local workforce. VisitRaleigh.com.



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