The Six Unity, Episode 5: All Together

I personally can only recommend going to events. You just have to see it for yourself. You feel the energy and you feel everything. You can’t compare it to only being at home or playing online. It’s something else. If you have the chance to go to an event, I’d definitely go for it. I come from the APAC region where events are like maybe once a year, if we’re lucky. And if you don’t live in the city, then the flights cost a lot and it’s kind of iffy. So when I was playing Rainbow Six, I was really disconnected from the reality of it. I was the first semi-professionnal Rainbow Six player in APAC region as a female. And that was cool, but no one really knew me in person. No one knew who I was. My first event was Dreamhack WInter. And I got there and I was like: “Okay. That’s real! This is big!” And this is not even a Six Invitational, this is not a final. This felt big! The fact that you’re gonna have these friends online, you play with them and talk to them on the screen display, and then maybe you have known each other for a year, maybe a little bit less, maybe a little bit more, you meet up and you get a face and a real name, and interactions and memories together. And I know for a fact that a lot of people that watch my stream, they watch other people’s streams, they go to these events for the community. They go there with friends and they make more friends, and honestly they come back every year. When we come here, it’s to create friendships. We get to know the people we play against. We can really talk to everyone, we can enjoy the games, we can do whatever we want and it feels really good. It also allows us to take a little break from the competition. The consistent level of respect everybody seems to have for one another, tt’s something that, you know, will always bring me back. For me, that’s something that’s really special. There are a lot of people who are very lonely, and when they go to an event such as this, they feel surrounded by friends. Although they might not know the people there, they feel part of a safe environment, a familiar environment. It’s an amazing feeling. It can’t really be described how good it feels to see the crowd cheering with you. At the end of the day, I stop being a commentator and get to be a fan just like them, especially when there’s a Brazilian team playing. I cry most of the time. A message for someone that hasn’t attended a Siege event: You’re missing out! That’s it. Find some way to get to an event. It’s worth it. There’s a lot of community people that would be happy to have you there, and they’re great. They’re amazing.

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