Rainbow Six Siege is auto-banning players for toxic language in chat

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Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege team have been promising a crackdown on abusive language in in-game chat since March, and it appears as though they’ve tightened up the rules. Players have been experimenting with the chat ban system and posting the results to the Rainbow Six subreddit, saying they’ve triggered half-hour and two-hour bans by using toxic terms.

It’s not exactly clear which words currently trip the banhammer in Rainbow Six Siege, but some of the subreddit’s findings are pretty unsurprising. Homophobic and misogynistic slurs have gotten players banned right away, but more generalized vulgarities like ‘fuck’ seem to be fine.

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Redditor u/enforcerdestroyer posted a screengrab of the Rainbow Six Siege menu screen, with a red banner across the top that reads “Banned for toxic behavior,” and a timer counting down from 27 minutes. Enforcerdestroyer said the ban hit after they used a homophobic slur in chat as a test.

In March, Rainbow Six Siege community manager Craig Robinson said Siege was planning a crackdown on toxic behavior within the player community. At the time, the team was looking at bans that scaled from two days up to fifteen days, and then to permanent for egregious offenses. 

Now, Rainbow Six Siege’s Code of Conduct details shorter bans: 30 minutes for a first offense, two hours for a second, and two hours for a third. After three offenses, the rules say Ubisoft will investigate the conduct and determine whether to apply a permanent ban to a user’s account.

The auto-bans only apply to text chat, of course – voice communications still fall under the game’s code of conduct, but there is no automated system in place for moderating it.

Players who have received bans can contact Ubisoft’s customer support to appeal their case.