Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Ubisoft Announces New Plans to Decrease Toxicity in Games

Updated Rainbow Six Siege Ban System Targets Hate Speech Users Updated Rainbow Six Siege Ban System Targets Hate Speech Users
Sherri Watson | 06 March, 2018, 11:30

"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", Robinson said.

Following in the footsteps of developers like Blizzard, Craig Robinson, a community developer for Rainbow Six Siege, gave some insight in a recent Reddit post as to how Ubisoft's new system of fighting toxic gaming would work. For one thing, it can seemingly only be applied to text chat in game, as that can be logged and voice chat is not and would require voice recognition software. Console gamers are bound to both Microsoft and Sony's independent code of conduct, and however they choose to punish "toxic" players. Their ban will also be broadcasted in a global message, similar to how it works for players that were banned for cheating.

In the comments below the announcement, Ubisoft's community team offers a number of clarifications for those uncertain about the new rules. "We understand that [Siege] is a competitive game and there will be some degree of trash talking/swear words used", it notes. "Rainbow Six: Siege" is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

"This is our first step towards managing toxicity in Rainbow Six Siege, and we will have more information to share about our other plans at a later date".

For instance, it reassures players that "positive" vulgar language won't be subject to bans, as long as it doesn't include slurs and hate speech.

While it may take a while to see if the threat of being permanently banned from playing online Rainbow Six Siege will actually have any effect on player behavior, hopefully incidents of Rainbow Six hate speech will go down in the future, even if they don't disappear. It's probably a big part of the reason why many games are now rather silent when I go to play them with regular matchmaking.