Ubisoft has rolled out a new banning system in Rainbow Six Siege as part of its "toxicity management" plan, targeting players taht use hateful language in the game's text chat.
Back in April, Ubisoft outlined its plan to manage player behaviour in Rainbow Six Siege, and now users who breach the code of conduct by using "language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment" are finding themselves banned.
PC Gamer reports that Ubisoft started dropping the ban hammer at the tail end of last week, with a number of players complaining that they had been instantly banned after using homophobic and racist slurs in chat. After one player bemoaned their ban on Twitter, the official Rainbow Six Siege account replied, saying, "Fighting against toxicity and cleaning up the Siege environment is a very real and important issue."
Ubisoft has confirmed that the bans are the result of the new system that was outlined in the April update and has now been implemented.
After the first instance of breaching the game's code of conduct, players were reportedly banned for 27 minutes, and were unable to play Siege at all, including custom games.
Second and third offences resulted in two hour bans, with the third leading to an official investigation that carries the risk of a permaban. Ubisoft's blog update outlined ban periods as lasting for two, seven, and 15 days, with a possibility of a permaban to follow, "depending on severity," although the update noted that "this is not a strict progression of bans. Particularly egregious offenders can be permanently banned without a warning, 2, 7, or 15 day ban being applied beforehand."
As well as monitoring players' language, Ubisoft's plans to curb behaviour it deems toxic includes methods to address intentional team killing, and a chat filtering system.
The latest season in-game launched last month, with two new Defenders and a new map in the Year Three Season Two update, Operation Para Bellum.
You can read more about the state of the game this year in our updated Rainbox Six Siege review.
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