On Thursday 4 November, Chiefs and REKT revealed a partnership between the two companies which sees them host the Men Expert Gauntlet – a Rainbow Six: Siege tournament in collaboration with L’Oreal Men Expert that boasts a $10,000 prize pool.
REKT is a local tournament organiser who launched early this year with the announcement of The OMEN Gauntlet, another Rainbow Six: Siege tournament, which saw teams such as Elevate (now Chiefs), Pittsburgh Knights, Okami (now ORDER) and Wildcard Gaming compete against each other for the title of champion and $5,000.
Robert Munday, Managing Director of REKT, spoke about the company's vision for their future and ambitions for the future.
“REKT is meant to embody something different from what has been highlighted in esports in the past. It's been a massive focus on moving away from the traditional delivery of broadcasts, which to me, has felt disconnected. We feel like we have really hit a sweet spot.”
“Bringing back The Gauntlet is something we have really been looking forward to. Immediately post our previous OMEN Gauntlet, it was straight into planning and organising what we wanted to produce for what is now the L'Oréal Men Expert [MEX] Gauntlet,” finished Munday.
The Chiefs Esports Club entered Rainbow Six: Siege themselves in April of this year and have gone on to be crowned champions of all three stages of the Oceanic Nationals, whilst also coming out on top of APAC League Playoffs 2021 Stage 3. The team is currently competing overseas in the Six Major and will later return to compete in the Mex Expert Gauntlet alongside a variety of other local teams.
Munday expanded on the opportunity that the competition brings to the region and what it’s like tapping into a brand such as The Chiefs Esports Club.
“The MEX Gauntlet is a great opportunity to showcase a different side of personalities from the teams that we have come to know over these last few years. We are really focused on this being not only an opportunity to claim bragging rights and of course, $10,000, but also a way for players to express themselves in and out of the server.”
“None of this is possible without the support of the Chiefs. It's been a while in the works, but it goes to show their ongoing support not only to the OCE esports scene, but also to the Siege community. We are very happy to be welcoming the likes of L'Oréal Men Expert, but also the new face of Intel to the event. MWAVE are once again returning to support not only the Gauntlet and its vision, but also the game we love too. It would be easy to say that without their support we wouldn’t be able to offer double the prize pool from our original tournament,” concluded Munday.
Confirmed teams for the event consists of The Chiefs Esports Club and the Pittsburgh Knights, two absolute powerhouses of Australasian Rainbow Six: Siege. Competing in the qualifiers for the event are Elevate, QConfirm, Rhythm, Dire Wolves, Overt and FURY.
Qualifiers for the event kicked off on Saturday 6 November, whilst the main event is set to kick off on Saturday 20 November.
You can follow the schedule of the event here.
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