Ubisoft cracks down on Rainbow Six: Siege vocal abuse

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Ubisoft has announced that, as of next week, it will act much more stringently to ban Rainbow Six: Siege players who use toxic speech in the game.

Announcing the move on the Rainbow Six: Siege subreddit, Rainbow Six Siege community manager Craig Robinson said: “Starting next week, we will be implementing an improvement on the system we have been using to ban players that use racial and homophobic slurs, or hate speech, in game. The bans for this will fall within the following durations, depending on severity: 2 Days; 7 Days; 15 Days; Permanent. We will be tracking the frequency at which language that violates the Code of Conduct is used by individual players, and will apply the appropriate ban on a case-by-case basis.”

Robinson went on to highlight the game’s Code of Conduct pointing out the paragraph: “Any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment is forbidden.” He added: “Players that receive a ban for toxicity will receive a pop-up that states their ban was the result of toxic behaviour. A global message will also be displayed, similar to the current global broadcasts for cheating. It will read:

‘Username has been banned for toxicity’.”

Judging by the comments on the subreddit (which has been locked down), the move should prove popular, with a stream of Rainbow Six: Siege players reporting experiences of toxic abuse via speech or text chat. Ubisoft’s move to crack down on abusive online behaviour marks a growing and welcome trend in the games industry – Twitch, for example, recently announced a similar crackdown.

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