The redemption of Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege started getting very focused moderation back in the spring with the explicit goal of getting players’ hate speech out of its multiplayer experience. Now, reports PC Gamer, the publisher confirms it has implemented a new system that is quickly handing out bans of varying length when slurs are spotted in the game’s chat.

To wit: One redditor tested out Rainbow Six Siege’s “toxicity filter” yesterday and instantly after typing a slur, got ejected from the match and received a ban.

The sanctions are not all permabans; according to the game’s code of conduct (whose terms were updated June 11), it’s 30 minutes the first time, two hours on second and third offenses, and further offenses get an investigation of the account that could lead to a permanent ban.

Ubisoft went on the move back in March when it said it would start issuing bans to players who use racist slurs, homophobic slurs, and other forms of hate speech in Rainbow Six Siege. (The policy only involved the game on Windows PC; players on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are subject to Sony and Microsoft’s codes of conduct).

But at the time, Ubisoft said it would be charting “tracking the frequency at which language that violates the Code of Conduct is used by individual players.” Now it seems like a single use is good enough to get someone thumbed.

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