Ubisoft implements auto-ban system for 'toxic' players in Rainbow Six Siege

Polycount

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This news comes after Rainbow Six Siege players tweeted the official Siege Twitter account, wondering why they were banned shortly after using certain slurs.

In some cases, it seems these bans are merely temporary. Indeed, PC Gamer reports that the first offense will only lead to a 27 minute ban, with the second and third offenses increasing said ban to two hours. Additional bad behavior can lead to a full account review, and subsequent permanent account termination.

So, how are these users getting banned so quickly and efficiently? The answer lies in an automatic disciplinary system Ubisoft put into place recently. The system scans the chat for language it deems offensive, handing out instant bans if it sees any red flags.

Though the bans themselves happen right after a condemned word is used, interestingly, the language itself isn't censored. Other players still seem to be able to view the messages when they're sent.

Aside from racial slurs, it isn't clear what other language Ubisoft deems ban-worthy or "toxic." However, it's probably safe to assume that the use of certain words Ubisoft may consider sexist, racist, or homophobic could also lead to bans.

As is often the case with automated disciplinary systems, Ubisoft's technology is likely far from perfect. The company hasn't explained whether or not their automated chat-scanning system looks for context - playful banter among friends may still result in a ban, for example.

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Neojt

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IN the latest new the Report toxic player behavior button that is in the game since days one well does nothing....
For me that is used when the team finds the player toxic I.e team killing ect
 

Dustyn

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"...27 minute ban..."

Oh man that's super harsh. They really should consider a ban of 26 minutes. Or to be fair... 26 minutes and 59 seconds would be ideal.
 

Impudicus

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But they won't tell you what words are banned... Context doesn't matter, if you hit something on the list you're banned. Even in private custom games with friends.