Manchester United footballer Jesse Lingard has purchased Audacity Esports, a “Rainbow Six Siege” squad in the UK and Ireland Nationals (UKIN), from Ubisoft UK. The decision to purchase the team was made in part because of Lingard’s love for the game but also due to his ambition to create JLINGZ esports.
With JLINGZ esports, Lingard’s aim is to “raise the bar” on how professional players are treated with professionalism and respect. He will be sharing what he has learned from his experience with Manchester United Football Club about adapting professionalism both on- and off-the-field with the team.
UKIN founded in 2015, is one of the earliest Rainbow Six Siege esports clubs and competes in weekly and monthly online competitions such as the ESL UK Premiership Qualifiers. The club has a squad in both the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League (R6PL) and the Challenger League (R6CL).
Lingard’s Audacity Esports bolstered their R6PL roster with the additions of Connor “Aches” Cosgrove, Aaron “AYR” Ward, and Graham “Hus” Piezano. Aches was previously a part of Faze Clan in 2017. In his announcement video, Lingard went on to reveal that Hus will be captain of the incoming UKIN lineup.
Lingard was very vocal about his interest in esports and his team’s achievements on social media. He took to Twitter to announce the team’s R6PL promotion, purchase, and Facebook Live stream of their ESL season 6 match.
His main goal in purchasing the team was to “ensure Rainbow Six Siege continues to grow.” By investing in a British esports organization, Lingard hopes that both the UKIN and R6CL will continue to improve and flourish. Lingard is planning for Audacity Esports’ future with tournaments in Europe and North America due next year.
Lingard is also planning for the future of Audacity Esports on social media. He took to Facebook to reveal that the team will be making their debut on August 18th, 2018, against Reason Gaming.
UKIN is one of the largest Rainbow Six Siege esports clubs and clubs in general in the UK, with nearly 1000 active members on their Discord server. The organization also hosts a variety of tournaments, ranging from weekly online tournaments for both PC and console players to LAN events in London for Rainbow Six Siege.
With Lingard’s plans for greater professionalism, it is likely that JLINGZ esports will be playing a large role in the UKIN’s future plans as well.