Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Rainbow Six Siege cracking down on homophobia, racism

Rainbow Six Siege cracking down on homophobia, racism

However, from this week onwards, Ubisoft won't stand for any of it in Rainbow Six Siege and will issue bans to anyone found to be using hate speech in-game. Also, this is for PC only, with consoles held to Microsoft and Sony's own code of conduct and player reporting system. Mind you, Ubisoft has always forbidden sexism, homophobia, racism and harassment in its games, but the developer hasn't done enough to make life better for the overall player base.

From this week, Rainbow Six Siege is launching improvements to its chat toxicity ban system, which bans players who use "racial and homophobic slurs, or hate speech" while they're playing the game.

According to a Reddit post by Siege community developer Craig "Its_Epi" Robinson, Ubisoft's new system - which appears to be automated, although created to run in tandem with the game's more traditional player reporting methods - will launch this week.

While a player is banned, they will not be able to access online features with their game. Each offense will have four varying degrees of punishment severity namely two days, seven days, 15 days, and a permanent ban, should the offense be too severe. This could ensure a more mature and less destructive player community.

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Players who receive a ban will get a pop-up notification and will have a global message display next to their screen name that explains why they were banned.

"This is our first step towards managing toxicity in Rainbow Six Siege, and we will have more information to share about our other plans at a later date".

There were some concerns that were expressed in the thread about whether or not the banning system would work on voice chat as well.

And in a top slap down, when one person asked "Can we appeal this police-state, facist new rule?" its_Epi replied, "Sure".

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