In a move to filter out toxic players in Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft confirms it will issue permanent bans to those caught by moderators.
Unwanted hostility and discrimination are two of the biggest problems affecting many multiplayer games and developers are aware of the issue.
Blizzard Entertainment is recently featured in reports as it acknowledged the incidents and pledged to monitor and ban problematic users. The French developer pointed out that players requested the upcoming system to curb the abusive behavior.
Sources report that the online user base of the team-based first-person shooter continues to grow. After-market support continues to keep its players engaged with balance updates. In fact, the company is on track to release the Outbreak update on March 6.
"We will be implementing an improvement on the system we have been using to ban players that use racial and homophobic slurs, or hate speech, in game," elaborates Craig Robinson, a community developer for Rainbow Six Siege.
Suspending Accounts And Banning Violators
Ubisoft confirmed that toxic players flagged by the system will be banned from the game. A moderator will presumably review the report and determine the severity of the punishment to be imposed.
Bans given out will supposedly range anywhere from two days to an outright suspension of the user's account from gameplay.
Furthermore, the game studio indicated that the system will display a message that lists the player's name alongside a prompt that the offender has been "banned for toxicity."
"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," adds Robinson.
Moreover, the game's online community should know that violations include "griefing" actions, wherein players kill their teammates for fun or other reasons. The system basically encompasses all types of negative behavior that can possibly ruin the experience for other gamers.
A Tougher Punishment
Game companies and developers are fully aware of the negative impact toxic behavior brings to the online community. Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, talked about it during the 2018 DICE summit. He highlighted the need for everyone in the video game industry to take action against toxic behavior during online play.
The most popular form of moderation is player kicking, which can likewise be abused. Ubisoft's plans to curb player harassment are a welcome approach that will hopefully discourage unwanted behavior of Rainbow Six Siege players.