Rappers Lil Yachty, T-Pain announced as Rainbow Six captains at E3

Olivia Richman • June 4, 2019 10:15 pm

Rappers Lil Yachty and T-Pain will be the captains of two competing teams in Ubisoft’s Twitch Rivals x Rainbow Six Siege Celebrity Showdown charity match. 

Taking place during Ubisoft’s E3 post-show on Monday, June 10, a $50,000 donation will be on the line. The winning team will receive $40,000 of the prize pool to donate to any charity of their choice. The losing team will be able to donate the remaining $10,000. 

This isn’t the first time that celebrities have gotten involved in esports. Recently, Snoop Dogg held a Mortal Kombat 11 tournament on Twitch featuring other rappers and models. Drake recently invested in an esports betting start-up, despite some previous drama with Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Retired heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recently invested in a Fade 2 Karma, providing the organization with a new training facility. Michael Jordan invested in Team Liquid last fall.

As the billion-dollar esports industry continues to grow, more and more celebrities will most likely be looking for ways to get involved. 

While T-Pain and Lil Yachty are the obvious headliners for the upcoming Celebrity Showdown, many popular R6 streamers will be competing for charity as well. BikiniBodhi, Bnans, Annemunition, Lil-Lexi, Therussianbadger, Sacriel, and ZanderLP will be facing each other in the match, although it’s currently not clear which player will be on which rappers’ teams. Lil Yachty has tweeted that he’s played R6 before, but the streamers will most likely be the ones carrying the teams. 

The tournament is being held in celebration of Operation Phantom Sight. 

This in-game event features two new Operators, including an Attacker named Nøkk, who can disappear from camera feeds, and Warden, a Defender who can become immune to flashes. The new season is also the second of Year 4, which introduces a major rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky.

Check out the tournament directly after Ubisoft’s conference, which starts at 3 PM CST on June 10. 


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