Rainbow Six Siege immediately bans players for using slurs

Toxicity and abusive language is a problem that almost every large multiplayer game where players communicate with each other faces, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is no exception. That said, Ubisoft has taken another step in addressing the age ol' issue. Since yesterday, dozens of players have been getting instantly banned when they use slurs of the racial or sexual varieties. 

Since these initial reports, Ubisoft has confirmed to PC Gamer that this is a result of a banning system that recently went live in the game to address this very issue. These bans seem to last for 27 minutes on first instance, and prevent playing any aspect of Siege, including Terrorist Hunt or custom games. Upon second and third offense, the ban increases to 2 hours. After the third offense, an official investigation into the account is conducted that could lead to a permanent ban, per the Siege Code of Conduct

If you follow Rainbow Six Siege – one of the world's biggest games – you will know Ubisoft's stance on toxicity isn't something new. Back in April, the company noted that it would be increasing the frequency and severity of its bans, and would soon be rolling out a variety of features to catch abusers of this particular rule in the code of conduct, and to hopefully curb the behavior.

"These short-term changes will begin to address toxicity, but we do not plan to stop there," said Ubisoft at the time via a blogpost. "We are serious about tackling the issues surrounding the potential for a negative player experience, and we will share any further changes with you prior to their implementation. We are interested in hearing your thoughts, and gathering your feedback! Please jump into the discussion on the subreddit and let us know what you think."

Some have praised Ubi’s efforts to curb hate speech, while others expressed anger that their favorite words are now off-limits. “Just wanted to say I’ve watched a few people get banned right in front of my eyes! It’s beautiful!” Reddit user TheDeaves said in a post on the front page of the Siege subreddit. 

Rainbow Six Siege is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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