Gaming Community Cancer: How Ubisoft Is Fighting Against Toxicity in Rainbow Six Siege
Everyone loves a good game but as it becomes popular, there is a particular cancer that grows in it, a certain toxicity that spreads like a plague. This is how Ubisoft is planning to deal with it for Rainbow Six Siege.
How Ubisoft Is Fighting Against Toxicity in Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege is experiencing a new lease on life thanks to thoughtful community engagement and updates to the mechanically sound, team-based shooter. Peppered with improvements, enticing free weekends, and tweaks over the years, Rainbow Six Siege has seen continuous growth, as indicated by the graph above here.
But with any kind of growth, especially extremely popular online communities, there will be a certain level of growing toxicity. People looking to go outside the realm of the normal locker room trash talk, into banter far less comfortable for developers, publishers, and the corporate persona. However, it seems like Ubisoft is making some changes to reel that in.
In a comment to the dedicated Reddit /r/Rainbow6 community, a Ubisoft representative let people know that the community team for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be cracking down more heavily on players that “use racial and homophobic slurs, or hate speech” in the in-game chat. Players who are caught doing this can get 1 of 4 different punishments:
- 2 day ban
- 7 day ban
- 15 day ban
- permanent band
More specifically, Ubisoft will be enforcing the rules in play on their existing Code of Conduct, which define toxic language as:
Any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment is forbidden.
However, this is only really going to be implemented for PC users. Console gamers are bound to both Microsoft and Sony’s independent code of conduct, and however they choose to punish “toxic” players. Though this may lead to uneven enforcement between platforms, it seems like the majority of the Reddit community is excited for this shift.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Pokdepinion: I can never truly understand the need to be toxic in games. It just makes the whole thing worse for everyone. I would welcome even stricter punishment for these kinds of people.