It might have taken them two years, but Rainbow Six Siege is soon to be celebrating its 25th million player. For a game that was being considered dead-on-arrival at launch, that is an incredible result. It is a game with long-term ambitions, something evidenced by its seasonal content refreshes and fully backed esports scene - this is Ubisoft's first service game, and the rest of the industry could learn a lot from how its growth has been managed.
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Part of that is not resting on their laurels. Year 2 saw a major upset with the announcement of Operation Health, which put content plans on hold for an entire season, but the game is better for it with faster matchmaking, a smoother user experience, the introduction of test servers, and better in-game performance. It was a huge step to take, but it worked and the players have stuck with the game.