Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six started off as a novel, but was soon adopted as a tactical shooter by gaming platforms. With success. The games have become an esport mainstay and is already celebrating its 20th anniversary and countless expansions. The game is unique in the sense that it prioritises stealth and tactics instead of raw firepower. The games explore the lethality of a single bullet. The consequence of this is that in-game characters are seriously limited when hit with just one bullet. The learning curve is relatively high for a shooter, making its success limited to the broad audience (compared to Fortnite for example), but very loved with a smaller group of ‘hardcore’ players.
To simulate the feel of real combat missions, the creators integrated a planning stage prior to each mission. The player has the option to choose the operatives, their weapons, equipment and uniform/camouflage based on this information. Furthermore players can give orders to the AI-controlled team members as of where to the path to follow and what door to breach.
When successful, a mission lasts no more than a few minutes. Though this is rarely the case, especially for beginners. The game consists of a campaign mode, but it is the online multiplayer mode that gathered a competitive clan based community playing in multiple independent ladder style leagues.
Rainbow Six is originally a novel written by Tom Clancy. The story is set in the year 1999 and 2000. ‘Rainbow’ is the name for a newly organised multinational counter-terrorism unit. It consists of elite soldiers from different NATO countries, formed to counter the rising threat of terrorism. ‘Blacker than black’ The addition of ‘six’ is a reference to the organizing director John Clark. The first series of missions are in response to a series of terrorist attacks by the radical eco-terrorist Phoenix Group. The base of operations is located in Hereford, England. This has not much to with politics, but rather with the accessibility of the country and the experience with special forces (007 reference?).
The game has a history of its own. In 1998 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six saw the light of day, created in collaboration with Red Storm Entertainment (that later was taken over by Ubisoft). The game was an instant hit and became a franchise on its own. The reason behind the success of the ‘game is skill and suspense’. Back then, the industry was flooded by arcade shooters. The unique realistic, tactical and ‘stealth’ approach was a shocking departure. People loved it.
The first successor didn’t take long. In 1999 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear saw the dawn of light. Though not much different than its predecessor, it opened up a lot of multiplayer possibilities. With expansions to come, players gained the possibility to create own maps. This development continued with Rainbow Six 3 in 2003, moving away from the tactical mode a bit and focussing on multiplayer with Xbox Live. Almost twenty stand alone titles and expansions have been released since 1998, the franchise is still alive as ever.
Famous teams & players
There isn’t much money in Rainbow Six tournaments (unless you are betting!) but there is much glory to earn! In terms of tournament income, the best players in the world are Pengu, Joonas and Fabian. Maybe coincidentally, these are all players from Scandinavian Countries. For whatever reason, maybe people from there are raised with an eye for tactics. Good news, Pengu is occassionly streaming on Twitch. So you can learn from the best. Other streamers to keep an eye on are Cloud9’s Shroud and Macie_Jay. In terms of successfull teams, be sure to follow PENTA Sports, Evil Geniuses and G2 Esports. More than just teams and players, Rainbow Six really shines when it comes to clans. When you started playing Rainbow Six,
The biggest and official tournament for Rainbow Six is The Pro League. There are three seasons in one year, located in Europe, Latin America and North America. There is an estimated $27.000 for the winner and finalists on each. Next to that, the United States Nationals and Dreamhack can net you a good $50.000. Last and only least in terms of money, the OGA PIT Championship Seasonals are worth $15.000. The cool thing is that as a member of a clan, you get to share in the pride when one of your clan members actually wins a tournament!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv3M-tF5r-Q (streamer shroud highlights)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIYw4FPOb1I (grappigste momenten)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xepnew5M3Vc&start_radio=1&list=RDxepnew5M3Vc (hoogtepunten dag 1 invitational 2018)