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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

LONDON, UK – 8TH MARCH, 2021 – Today, Ubisoft® has unveiled a partnership with SpecialEffect for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege UK Ireland Nationals esports league to help raise awareness of the work the charity does to enable people with severe physical challenges to enjoy video games. The one-year collaboration will involve multiple charity events and activities to be announced throughout the year.

The UK Ireland Nationals Premier Division Spring Season began on 14th January running every Thursday from 14th January to 11th March to find the top four teams to qualify for the UKIN Spring Finals being held on 13th and 14th March.

There will be eight teams competing, including EUL teams Natus Vincere and newly qualified Cowana Gaming as well as Challenger League finalists MnM Gaming. They join returning teams Demise and Audacity Esports as well as newcomers Wylde and newly qualified Vexed Gaming and LDN Esports from the UK Ireland Nationals Second Division’s playoffs.

£25,000 in prize money is available for the season, with £7,500 for the winners of the finals. The top six teams will qualify for the Summer 2021 season with a chance to earn a spot in the 2021 Challenger League. The bottom two teams will be relegated to the Spring 2021 UK Ireland National Second Division, where they will join teams from epic.LAN 32, NSE and the NUEL’s spring seasons as well as teams from the open qualifier in April and May.

The teams will be led through the action by talents Iain Chambers, Harry “Demo” Dempster and Ollie “Xrtroika” Hatton, as well as developing community casters Grace, Dean0, Gerrythemusicman and Novicaine.

The UK Ireland Nationals Second Division will start up again towards the end of April 2021 with 10 teams: two relegated from the UK Ireland Nationals Premier Division, four qualifying from partner tournaments of epic.LAN 31, Belong UK, NSE and the NUEL’s spring seasons, and four from the open qualifier. Matches will play out throughout April and May, the top two teams from the playoffs will qualify for the UKIN Premier Summer Season 2021 and for the chance to qualify for the 2021 Challenger League.

Ubisoft will uphold its commitment to grassroots esports by continuing the UKIN Second Division programme throughout 2021 to help raise the level of competition in the UK and Ireland for teams who have aspirations to play at the national level and beyond.

To find out more about the UK Ireland Nationals visit

About Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Alongside a thriving professional esports scene and a community of over 65 million registered players, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of a fast-paced, ever-evolving multiplayer experience grounded in the selection of unique Operators. Using the right mix of tactics and destruction, Rainbow Six teams engage their enemies in sieges, where both sides have exclusive skills and gadgets at their disposal. Defenders prepare by transforming the environments around them into modern strongholds, while attackers use recon drones to gain intel for carefully planning their assault. With access to dozens of Operators inspired by real world counter-intelligence agents from around the globe, players can choose exactly how they want to approach each challenge they encounter. Through the constant addition of new Operators and maps that add to the depth of both strategy and combat, the unpredictability of each round of Rainbow Six Siege sets a new bar for intensity and competition in gaming.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch_Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit:

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About SpecialEffect

SpecialEffect is an award-winning charity that uses specialist technology to enhance the quality of life of people of all ages who have severe physical challenges, whether as a result of a disability, traumatic injury or debilitating illness. Their multi-professional team provides specialist assessments, equipment loans and support wherever it is needed, whether in a hospital, a rehabilitation centre or at home. To learn more, please visit: