Ubisoft Fights “Toxicity” By Auto-Banning Rainbow Six Siege Players For Using Slurs
Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft has implemented a new filter to catch what they claim is “toxicity” within the Rainbow Six: Siege multiplayer community. Despite the fact that the game is rated ‘M’ for mature, and one of the descriptors includes “Strong Language”, players are discouraged from using strong language in the actual game.

Various users have reported being banned for using the word “nigger” and other racial and sexual slurs in-game. YouTuber killercorpse uploaded a video on July 13th, 2018 where a user demonstrates the new ban filter in action, and it only takes 18 seconds for a player to be removed from the game after using the slur.

PC Gamer managed to confirm that the new ban filter does indeed kick players shortly after using the slurs, and the first instance will ban you for just under 30 minutes, and will prevent you from playing Siege, Terrorist Hunt, or custom games. The second offense is a ban for up to 24 hours. The third offense will bring a potential permanent banhammer down on you from Ubisoft.

Various players recoiled at the idea and called out Ubisoft for the bans.

Ubisoft confirmed in a statement to PC Gamer that this was part of the new system, and that it ties into their fight against “toxicity”, which they outlined back in April of 2018 on the Ubisoft blog.

The company will be monitoring language and banning players for using language deemed sexist, racist, threatening, dangerous, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory or hateful…

“We are currently tracking the frequency at which racial or homophobic slurs are used by individual players, and will be applying bans with increasing severity on a case-by-case basis.”

This is all despite the fact that this is for an M-rated game that already contains strong language in its ESRB ratings descriptor.

Nevertheless, this appears to be the way forward for Ubisoft, who is mirroring Blizzard and their draconian methods for punishing players who step out of line. Of course, Ubisoft hasn’t quite reached Blizzard’s level, where the Overwatch developers ban players for comments and content they share outside of the game.


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