Ubisoft: Rainbow Six Hate Speech Will Now Be Punishable By Banning



In an attempt to crack down on toxic players, Ubisoft will be updating the Rainbow Six Siege ban system to target those using racial and homophobic slurs, or hate speech.

While it may take a while to see if the threat of being permanently banned from playing online Rainbow Six Siege will actually have any effect on player behavior, hopefully incidents of Rainbow Six hate speech will go down in the future, even if they don't disappear. "It will then apply an appropriate ban on a case-by-case basis".

The news comes by way of Reddit, where Community Manager Craig Robertson detailed "a new method of banning players that are acting in a wholly inappropriate manner".

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. The bans for this will fall within the following durations, depending on severity.

Currently, Ubisoft's Code of Conduct forbids "any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment".

The Ubisoft Code of Conduct, which is supposed to govern the behavior of players in-game, will now be enforced with permanent bans to the game if players attack people with hate speech during Rainbow Six games.

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.

Ubisoft says that this is just the first step in managing toxic behavior, and that the developers will outline "other plans" at a later date.

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