Ubisoft has announced that Rainbow Six Siege will join the 2019 AEL University Cup, marking the first time the 2018 Esports Title of The Year* will join the university scene in an official capacity.
Open for all students across Australia who have a passion for video game culture and esports, the 2019 AEL University Cup provides a structured and well-governed tournament for aspiring players to prove their skills among their peers and against rival universities from across the country.
Darren Kwan, Director of AEL, said, “We’re excited to be working with Ubisoft in supporting grassroots esports in Australia, and the inclusion of Rainbow Six Siege in the University Cup allows students access to competition and an entry point in launching their esports career. Students can look forward to gaining valuable experience, joining their on-campus esports club, meeting like-minded students in pursuing their passion and even a shot at a sizeable prize pool of $6,000.”
The AEL University Cup will be streamed live beginning Monday 6th May for Semester 1, with Semester 2 of the tournament kicking off in August. The prize pool breakdown for each semester of the tournament is as follows:
1st: $2000 AUD
2nd: $625 AUD
3rd: $250 AUD
4th: $125 AUD
Matthew Tang, Group Marketing Manager at Ubisoft Australia, said, “Supporting the grassroots esports scene of Rainbow Six Siege is a top priority for Ubisoft. Partnering with AEL allows us to provide university students across the country more opportunities to grow and compete, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the tournament unfolds in 2019.”
The AEL University Cup will operate Rainbow Six Siege over each study semester this year, inviting students to attend live event activations and the top university teams to attend the Grand Finals at Brisbane Supanova in November. Registrations are open to all Australian university students at uni.ael.org.au.