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?