BLAST announced the 2024 R6 esports season. The season has several changes.
Three weeks before the Six Invitational begins in São Paulo, Brazil, BLAST announced the news for the Rainbow Six Siege esports circuit. Stage 1 of the new season will begin the week of March 11.
The main changes listed by BLAST for the 2024 season are:
- Six Invitational Point System
- Major qualification paths and slots
- Regional league format updates
BLAST R6 2024: Six Invitational Point System
The Global Point System, the points program calculated by each team's performances throughout the season, will have changes. This system ranks the best teams for the Six Invitational, which is the biggest tournament on the Rainbow Six Siege esports circuit.
According to the BLAST statement, the new system will give "more emphasis to team results in the Majors." Regional leagues will give fewer points when compared to the Majors. Additionally, anyone who passes the stage in the Major will also be rewarded for doing so.
BLAST R6 2024: Major qualification
The 2024 Rainbow Six Siege esports season will reduce the number of participants in Majors, BLAST also announced. The number of participants will be reduced from 24 to 20.
As part of this change, the affected regions will be Japan, South Korea, Latin America (LATAM), and Asia. They will all lose a spot.
Regional league format update
All regional leagues will also change for the 2024 BLAST R6 season. The league formats in 2023 were divided between two groups or a single group of franchised organizations and playoffs.
The main regions with the most vacancies, Brazil, North America, and Europe, will have a single group under a round-robin format. The playoffs will be in GSL.
The Last Chance Qualifiers continue until 2024, with teams from the leagues coming together in the open or closed qualifiers, depending on their performance in the regional leagues.
Japan and South Korea will follow a similar system, but with fewer teams qualifying for international competitions.
Two qualifiers will determine and convene the two best teams in Asia from each qualifier, resulting in a mini-league consisting of four teams.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will have a similar format, however, forming a league of eight teams. Oceania as well, but with playoffs to define the team participating in the Major.
The biggest changes will be for the LATAM region. LATAM will be divided into LATAM North and LATAM South. Each region will have six teams in a closed league. Participants from both leagues will be discovered by the Open Qualifiers.
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