Ubisoft beefs up Rainbow Six: Siege ban system to fight homophobes and racists

Ubisoft beefs up Rainbow Six: Siege ban system to fight homophobes and racists

The developers behind popular online shooter Rainbow Six: Siege have detailed how they plan on dealing with racial and homophobic hate speech within the game.

In a post on Reddit, Ubisoft community developer Craig Robinson - under the user name Its_Epi - said that as of next week, the team is going to be implementing an improved reporting system which will see gamers banned for the use of hate speech.

Depending on the level of severity, users can be banned for two days, seven days, 15 days or permanently.

Ubisoft says that it is going to be tracking the frequency of language that violates the game's Code of Conduct, defined as: “Any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment is forbidden.”

Users banned for toxicity will be notified, similar to people booted for cheating, with a global message also being displayed to users.

The firm also says that this is the first step to dealing with toxicity within the shooter. This follows an update last November that saw the option to report toxicity.

Dealing with toxic behaviour in the community is something of a hot topic right now. Overwatch's director Jeff Kaplan has been very open about how hard dealing with the community is, while developers from the likes of Riot Games have also spoken out about this.

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