Rainbow Six Siege has features for esports - But it's not its focus

Rainbow Six Siege has some of the tools and features needed to be embraced by the esports or competitive gaming community, but it’s not its purpose at launch.

Senior Environment Artist, Chris Hendry, noted that Rainbow Six Siege features a spectator cam, which was shown off during an ESL showmatch. This is one feature that is almost mandatory for any game that wants to be taken seriously by the esports community.

However, he noted that “it's not our purpose, it's not our direction.” He noted that many Reddit posts talk about the competitive side of the game, but said that the development team wants to “let the game grow a little bit.” He added, “We have to see what people want and then we'll be looking into it more.”

The team will be working to ensure the game that is balanced and will be keeping an eye on what direction the community wants it to take.

It was previously announced that future maps released for Rainbow Six Siege will be free. Hendry said that this is to ensure that the community doesn’t get split up. A knock-on effect of this is that it may work well for competitive play, offering refreshed maps and more competitive-focused maps over time.

Rainbow Six Siege will be released on December 1st, 2015.

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