Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft's first-person shooter game that's played by over 30 million players, has implemented a new set of rules to tackle online abuse.
Using racial or homophobic slurs in game chat will now come with consequences, ranging from short 30 minute bans to permanent exclusion.
The game's code of conduct now features a long bullet-pointed list of forbidden behaviour, one of them being use of: "Any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive or constituting harassment."
The new regime came into force on Rainbow Six Siege on 13 July, and players noticed hundreds of gamers disappearing as soon as it went live.
A Reddit user named TheDeaves posted a subreddit with the words: "Just wanted to say I've watched a few people get banned right in front of my eyes! It's beautiful!"
However, another player attacked Rainbow Six Siege on Twitter after getting banned for using a racial slur. "Good," replied Ubisoft.
On the first use of prohibited language, a gamer will receive a 30 minute ban from not just the multiplayer game but also the offline Terrorist Hunt. If it persists the bans will increase to two hours on the next two occasions. After the third offence, Ubisoft will investigate the account and could potentially issue a permanent ban.
Back in April, the team at Ubisoft promised several new features for Siege. They include the ability to mute text chat and most importantly, enhanced chat monitoring for abusive language.
"Our team is working on the creation of an automated system that will censor text chat in game based on a chat filter list. This will replace words that have been identified as offensive and provide players with a notification that their language was found to be unacceptable. We will also be tracking the number of times players trigger this filter and will take action as necessary for players that are intentionally having a negative impact on other player's gaming experience," Ubisoft wrote in the April post.
The update has sparked mixed reviews, but should hopefully reduce the toxicity in Siege, and create a less threatening environment for all players.
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