Rainbow Six Siege to Tackle Player Toxicity With Stricter Ban System for Offensive Chat

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 5:14 PM
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I’ve always had a funny feeling that the ‘Report Toxic Behaviour’ button on Rainbow Six Siege was never actually working, but from this week, Ubisoft is at least beginning to sit up and take note of the toxic players which have begun to creep into its game.

Starting with tomorrow’s Operation Chimera update, Ubisoft will be beginning tracking not only the language used but also the frequency with which it’s uttered. The hope is, I assume, to weed out the racist men-children for good.

“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,” explained Craig Robinson, Ubisoft community developer.

“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.”

The bans Ubisoft will be dishing out will depend on the severity of the offence, ranging from two days, seven days, 15 days; all the way up to permanent bans from Rainbow 6 Siege for the most serious toxicity. Break one of the rules and you’ll be kicked from a server and receive a pop-up saying it was the result of toxic behaviour, while a global message will be displayed that reads "Username has been banned for toxicity."

If you need to know exactly what falls under Ubisoft’s Code of Conduct then you’re likely part of the problem, but here it all is anyway:

“Any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment is forbidden.” Now, I wouldn’t go taking any of this too literally. I’d imagine the usual obscene language is still permitted, but it’s when it tips over into hate speech that any action is likely to be taken.

How have you found your time with Rainbow Six Siege, has toxicity been an issue for you? Is it a problem that needs solving, or is it just part of online gaming?

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17:21 Mar-06-2018

Well i just tried it out, Lion isn't as OP as i thought but still pretty brutal. Remember when ubisoft made us download siege completely again and said updates we're going to be much smaller? Pepperidge Farm remembers. Yea a 10gb update isn't small, granted it took me 5mins but it's ridiculous.

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10:07 Mar-06-2018

finally
in the last past two decades
I quit soo many games because the toxicity of other players & cheaters
I hope they all get banned !!!

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08:53 Mar-06-2018

Really? But yea matchmaking abusers, hackers, macro users still don't get banned? It's like rocket league all over again, you can have a plat 1 playing with a bronze 3 and you get banned for telling him off yet he keeps going abusing matchmaking lol. This always makes me laugh, i might as well start ping abusing and playing on US servers and get an advantage.

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13:00 Mar-06-2018

or the ol' ching chongs connecting with 5000 ping

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05:21 Mar-06-2018

aw.. but this is the game's charm!

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03:28 Mar-07-2018

R u being sarcastic or u r serious?

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22:12 Mar-05-2018

The game rarely ban hackers so i don't see this following through and yes i know some people might down my comment but this is what i have always seen with the game which is why i stopped playing it ages ago and really there is never any talk i see on the net saying "we're going to work harder to ban cheaters".

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21:50 Mar-05-2018

About time. I've been playing Siege since the beginning and the toxicity is really bad, especially to new players. I also get sick of people dying in the first round and immediately leaving so it doesn't affect their stats, it's pathetic.

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21:50 Mar-05-2018

I'll be honest, this is pretty dumb. A player who has teamkilled me more than 3 times today(no joke,literal matchmaking) will have a lower chance of getting banned than me who called him retarded for doing so.

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00:23 Mar-06-2018

Nope, reported players caught teamkilling are also banned. It's still considered toxic behaviour. Ubi said it themselves. If someone is being toxic in any way, just report him.

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17:24 Mar-06-2018

Macros are also toxic behavior but everyone who plays blitz does it.

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20:30 Mar-05-2018

I agree,in R6 Siege mean words are far bigger problem than multiple headshots not registering

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21:59 Mar-05-2018

"Fun" fact there is still have bugs SINCE LAUNCH like throwing grenades back: 3 things can happen, 1. it's glitchy, no animation (u better hope its this one), 2. when u let go it just drops at your feet, and 3. you hold on after u let it go

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00:27 Mar-06-2018

From what I can see, you missed the first 3 and landed the 4th one. There are indeed occasions of bad net code but I don't think this is one of them. And R6 has a huge toxicity problem, so it's no surprise they are doing something about it: Teamkilling-salty scrubs, teamkilling new players because "noobs", quitters..

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17:25 Mar-06-2018

No the changed the way ping works and it's idiotic, it takes both pings into consideration so if the dude has way higher ping then you then u lose out.

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19:57 Mar-05-2018

People do know there is a mute button in games for a reason right? hell i have used racist offensive lingo when i get mad and occasionally some special snowflake gets offended hardcore when what i say has no weight whatsoever.

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05:10 Mar-06-2018

i guess people dont like to use mute buttons

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07:19 Mar-06-2018

Too many crybabies out there. Honestly agree with you, mute if you don't like toxic players. Banning them for **** talking is seriously one of the dumbest thing anyone can do. Learn from Rocket League devs don't just push stupid harsh punishments over stuff like this. Unless the person sent death threats or something that might be considered extreme then maybe look into it and not just ban.

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03:37 Mar-07-2018

So u r saying abusing and being racist should be permitted? Talking offensively is not a compulsory part of gaming and should not be entertained. Don't let gaming ruin ur ethical and moral value.

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19:46 Mar-05-2018

Even more attacks at the free speech. Why is everybody so hard or hate speech , racism,harassment , etc since few years ago ? I still remember the time I could say anything I wished to somebody and the worse hat could happen was a mute/block from that person, now it can get so bad that they will call the police on you.

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20:43 Mar-05-2018

Free speech just means the government can't arrest you for saying what you want. Private entities can remove you from their service for whatever reason they feel like. It's the same as a restaurant kicking you out if you start screaming and swearing at random customers.


Ubisoft actually enforcing their own rules is probably the only thing they've done in the past year that I'd actually defend

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07:13 Mar-06-2018

I understand about this, R6S Server is a private "space" owned by Ubisot, and they can do whatever they want. But, what a bout the people that call the police if you insult, threat, harass them in an virtual world (internet/facebook/games,etc) , a world that is not real ?? People died so we can say whatever we want.

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07:31 Mar-06-2018

They're not calling the police, they're bringing misbehavior to the attention of the people in charge of the service.


Back to the restaurant analogy: if you're in a restaurant and a drunk starts screaming and swearing at you, you'll report them to management so they get kicked out, correct?

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12:21 Mar-06-2018

If that person keep his distance I won't bother much, just tell the waiter that he is annoying. I have absolutly no problem with verbal(voice/chat) toxicity on the internet(facebook, twitter, games, etc). Ubisot should be more concerd about: intentional team killing, leavers, gameplay toxicity, etc.Not chat/voice abuse

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16:53 Mar-06-2018

So you would report him if he was targeting you then. Got it.


You seem to also be working under the assumption that only one set of rules can be enforced at a time. Why not enforce all of them and call it a day?

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16:56 Mar-06-2018

It also isn't just a matter of hurt feelings. Toxic players of all stripes hurt the game as a whole by driving players away.


Just as a restaurant owner wouldn't want his business associated with unruly drunks, a company running a multiplayer game wouldn't want it associated with a toxic community.

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09:33 Mar-06-2018

Change your name, you confuse me

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09:55 Mar-06-2018

Are you kidding?! Riverstyx is an awesome username. Wish I thought of it

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16:51 Mar-06-2018

Thanks :) It's been my handle ever sine back when I played WoW in WOTLK. I'm not big on change, haha.

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12:18 Mar-06-2018

My accout is older, you change it

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19:35 Mar-05-2018

In the reddit comments, they said that using offensive slag in a friendly matter doesn't count. They aim for toxicity, not directly for the words that are deemed offensive. Saying Fu- yeah! or You're the sh-! is not being toxic.

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19:38 Mar-05-2018

They also said that you will be banned for being toxic in chat, no matter the context. So you must be careful not to release your rage in the chat. Bans will not be automatic. If someone is reported, a person will check the players activity. So being reported a lot won't auto ban you, it will only send Ubi a report

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19:27 Mar-05-2018

No matter how strict a game's ban system is, it can never change people's mentality.

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17:30 Mar-05-2018

As many new players are insulted for being "noobes", this update is verry great.

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17:23 Mar-05-2018

Funny, I'm currently writing my bachelor's thesis and there's one dude in my group who is doing his thesis on toxicity in video games...

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17:34 Mar-05-2018

lmao no way dude XD

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18:34 Mar-05-2018

It's true, but it's not like he's the first one to do that, though... :D

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18:52 Mar-05-2018

What field does he study?

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12:08 Mar-07-2018

English Philology, the studies are quite extensive so one can write about a lot of stuff.

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17:20 Mar-05-2018

I'd just like the option to report cheaters again since they seem to fully believe in Battleye and removed the function. I don't just accuse people of cheating, Wall hacks are highly used right now from what I've been experiencing (I've been playing since Jan 2016 and it's never been this frequent).

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