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A ban wave will hit Rainbow Six Siege later today

Ubisoft says the bans are its "next step" in targeting exploitative players

A wave of bans is set to hit Rainbow Six siege later today. Last night, Ubisoft confirmed that a number of accounts would be banned from the game for use of an exploit which could be used to deliberately crash games.

In a post on Reddit last night, the developer said that it had issued a fix for the bug, which allowed players to force a match to quit by spamming certain symbols in the chat. To counter the rise of the exploit, Ubisoft said that “beginning tomorrow, we will initiate a ban wave” in accordance with the game’s Code of Conduct.

The rule in question says that “any conduct which interrupts the general flow of gameplay in the Game client, forum, or any other Ubisoft medium” can “lead to disciplinary action.” Ubi says that “these bans are targeting players that abused the chat symbol exploit to crash matches; normal use of symbols should be fine, and as long as you’ve been playing fair, there’s nothing to worry about.

There’s no word on exactly when the wave will hit, but I imagine there’ll be a lot of noise later this evening when guilty parties discover they can’t log in. Ubisoft hasn’t revealed how many players will be affected, but does say that the bans “will have varying lengths, depending on the frequency and severity of the exploit’s usage.”

The developer also makes clear that it’ll be stepping up its efforts against those who aren’t playing fair. A statement at the end of their announcement confirms that this ban wave “is our next step towards sanctioning players that knowingly and deliberately take advantage of exploits to the detriment of the overall match.”

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That’s probably no good news for the recent surge of Clash players – following the discovery of an extremely powerful exploit, the operator was pulled from service for a while, returning to the game earlier this week. Another Clash bug has been discovered already, however, which could prove bad news for those players who have recently discovered a particular ‘affinity’ for her.