Corsair has published a press release announcing its sponsorship of Ubisoft‘s Rainbow 6 Collegiate Championship, which Corsair notes is Ubisoft’s first-ever collegiate esports league. The recently announced league is dedicated to playing Ubisoft’s multiplayer team FPS, Rainbow Six: Siege, for which the company already runs a pro league. Ubisoft has partnered with FACEIT, a competitive gaming platform and tournament organizer, in order to bring competitive Rainbox Six: Siege to the college level. Less than a month ago, FACEIT announced the formation of a new department headed by Duran Parsi, former founder of the Collegiate StarLeague, and dedicated to facilitating collegiate esports.
The Rainbow 6 Collegiate Championship will include a preseason that runs from October to December of this year, followed by the start of the first full season in January 2021. The season will run through April and will have a $30,000 prize pool. Corsair will also provide prizes in the form of gaming peripherals and a gaming PC from Origin PC, a vendor acquired by Corsair last year. Ubisoft hopes to encourage involvement in collegiate esports beyond the championship itself and so is offering prizes and support for a recreational league, intramural leagues, and viewing parties. Corsair will provide prizes for these programs and events as well.
Corsair’s sponsorship of Ubisoft’s new collegiate program shouldn’t be all that surprising, given that the company already sponsors the Rainbow Six Pro League, the Six Invitational 2020, and the Six Major. Earlier this year, Corsair also announced a multi-year partnership with Team Vitality, a major French esports franchise.