Ubisoft is auto-banning Rainbow Six Siege players who use hate speech – and some players are using this to their advantage.
PC Gamer reports that while the ban initially last just 27 minutes, persistent offenders can see the ban lengths increase, or – after a third offence – find themselves the subject of official investigations that may result permanent suspensions.
Earlier this year Ubisoft announced its plans to improve the online community for R6 players, including better chat monitoring. The publisher has now implemented the changes, insisting that “any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment is forbidden”.
— Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) July 13, 2018
Since yesterday, players are reporting they’ve received automatic bans after using derogatory slurs in text chat. While the new monitoring system doesn’t censor the offensive text, players writing hate speech are finding themselves instantly removed from the game.
Players on Rainbow Six Seige’s Reddit, however, are admitting that they are now goading or tricking players into using slurs and offensive language in order to get their competitors banned.
“I feel like a dick, but I used this to my advantage earlier today,” said Reddit user, Rook_Boi. “In a ranked game I typed in chat ‘don’t be racist’, and an enemy got instantly kicked because I baited him into typing something racist.”
“Had someone asking ‘what is a nickname for raccoons’ people are trying to bait hard right now,” added metarinka.
But while some fans are unhappy with the changes, most players are in favour of Ubisoft’s tougher penalties.
“You can’t bait somebody into being an asshole,” said 1337kid. “That was already there.”