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Six Invitational 2024 Community Commendation

My Ubisoft Commendation

Well, you weren’t expecting that were you? To be honest, nor was I! It was such a great honour to be awarded a commendation from Ubisoft for the work I’ve done in the community as a cosplayer and a propmaker.

Full commendation video & trophy acceptance.

This has been such a monumental secret to keep. I was first told back in October that Ubisoft wanted to give me an award, and when they told me it was like a freight train of happiness and shock hit me. Not once had I ever imagined I’d get to this point; there are far more worthy people in this community than me.

It started with a visit from Vincent Girard, the product manager for Rainbow Six, and the wonderful duo of Benoit & Felix, and we spent an entire weekend filming content for my commendation video.

The first of three days began with a wander through Glasgow, my home city, and we visited such locations as Central Station, George Square, the various historic suspension bridges across the Clyde, and many others. It was a fun day of exploring the city, getting great shots, and invading some second-hand bookstores which was heaven.

St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

We then visited St Peter’s Seminary, a ruined seminary in the town of Cardross, which is where I had my original photoshoot as Sledge. The rest of that day was spent wandering through the ruins in my cosplay, getting awesome action shots, and basically following the lead of Benoit and Felix who knew exactly what they wanted to capture. We also had an impromptu rave setup by some locals in the ruin, so we had good music while we filmed.

Luss, Loch Lomond

The second day was when things really got fun. We met up in the city early in the morning, and then headed North into the Highlands. First up was the town of Luss, a lovely little place situated on the shores of Loch Lomond. Some amazing shots were taken there, as the fog on the Loch was still laying low. From there, our journey took us even further North – to Glencoe where, in amidst the mountains of Buachaille Etive Mòr, Buachaille Etive Beag and Stob Mhic Mhartuin, Benoit and Felix interviewed me about cosplay, what it means to be in the Highlands as Sledge, how I connect to the character, and about the community around the Invitational & cosplay. Several months after, I got Buachaille Etive Beag tattooed on my arm to commemorate the event.

Buachille Etive Beag, Glencoe

We finished that day with a trip to the nearby Glenfinnan Viaduct, but the tourists were too many to really get some decent video. So, our trip took us slightly South to the town of Portnacroish, where offshore was the island that houses Castle Stalker – a 14th-century castle on the shores of Loch Linnhe. There, we filmed the penultimate shots of me in my cosplay, picking up my hammer and staring across the saltwater loch into the sunset. It was truly a magical experience I shan’t ever forget.

Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyle

The final day was spent at my home, where Benoit and Felix sat me down, took over my living room, and interviewed me about what I do in the community, how I build my props, how I work on cosplays, and my experiences & thoughts about the Invitational. To be quite honest, it was daunting being in front of the camera, but Benoit was extremely patient and helpful, and didn’t ever rush me. After that, he and Felix set about taking some cool macro shots of some of my props that I had, and even some bits of me working in my workshop.

I can’t thank Vincent, Benoit & Felix enough for the experience they gave me. All three were wonderful to hang out with, great to talk to, and made the somewhat scary experience of being interviewed on camera much easier and pleasant than I thought it’d be. We had a great many laughs on our trip into the Highlands, and I can’t wait to see them all again at future events. Not to mention how good they made me look in the video!

Six Invitational 2024 Community Commendation
My Commendation back panel with dedication.

Then, it was time. Time to travel to Brazil for the first time, time to step onto the stage in front of an audience for the first time. What a nerve-wracking but completely exciting experience. I had to attend a rehersal on the Thursday evening, which raised some suspicions with my best friend Camille, who had no clue about the commendation, and thought I was working with Ubisoft on some drones for the opening ceremony. I had brought her along with me as my +1 to the event.

The event started, and by God Brazil you made even the Friday feel like the final day with the intensity of your support. I shared my commendation with several wonderful others at this event; Laurie Lagier, the coach of Wolves, FrAgMenT, the most amazing community artist, Jan “JanSolo” Stahlhacke, the man behind MouseTrap, Claudia Schumacher, Senior Producer at Ubisoft Dusseldorf, Julio Giacomelli, the coach for Bleed and former world champion, and of course the King of R6 eSports, Ghassan “Milosh” Finge who was awarded the MvP. To receive my award alongside these legends humbled and honoured me beyond words.

Fellow commendee, FrAgMenT

I have to say that stepping out onto that stage, to face all of you and knowing even more were watching at home, filled me with anxiety. But when I heard my friends cheering, it disappeared. I walked down that tunnel, up the steps onto the stage with a newfound confidence (maybe loosening one of the panels on the way, woops), and joined – as Iain Chambers put it – an elite list of people who have lifted the hammer on stage.

Lifting the hammer on stage.

This commendation has been the highlight of my career working for the Rainbow Six Community these last 6 years, and it has cemented in me an even greater drive and commitment to work harder and better for this fantastic community and the amazing people in it. Siege has given me so many wonderful opportunities, I’ve seen more of the world through Siege than I ever thought I would, I’ve worked with Ubisoft itself, eSports organisations and notable casters, players, talent and content-creators. Thousands of people know my name now because of Siege, and I thank Ubisoft and all the wonderful people working on Rainbow for trusting me with it.

Accepting the award.

This is not the end. I am going to go forward and build even more cosplays, even more props, and bring even more of the game to life. For the community.

Thank you.

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