Rainbow Six Siege is a game about teamwork as much as it is about competition and Ubisoft is keen to enforce that. Since yesterday, players have been getting instantly banned when they use slurs of the racial or sexual varieties.
— Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) July 13, 2018
In April, Ubisoft penned a post on their Rainbow Six Siege blog about making attempts to curb toxicity within the game, echoing similar statements from developers like Blizzard concerning Overwatch. The R6 Twitter account has spent the better part of the day replying to complaining players and explaining the reasoning. “Fighting against toxicity and cleaning up the Siege environment is a very real and important issue,” reads one reply from the official account.
The response to that tweet from a player was “And fair matchmaking.”
Reddit user EMU4 showed how the ban works. Within seconds of typing a homophobic slur, EMU4 is removed from the match. Content warning for said slur. Previously, someone would have to be reported and the report investigated. In the aforementioned toxicity post, Ubisoft indicated that the game would censor banned words, but it seems they’re going for a more aggressive deterrent.
While most are applauding Ubisoft for the policy, some definitely aren’t. Some players are angrily demanding returns. One tweet complains that the person will have to keep from using text chat just so they don’t get banned.
Rainbow Six Siege is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.