You can’t avoid this banhammer. Players in Rainbow Six: Siege will no longer get away with insulting others – and that’s thanks to a bot. If you use certain terms included in the game’s blacklist, you’ll get temporarily banned. This innovation is part of Ubisoft's efforts to banish toxic behavior from Siege.
Strangely enough, Ubisoft has not yet made an official post regarding the new ban-bot. However, the introduction of the new system has already been confirmed via Rainbow Six: Siege Twitter, as well as by PCGamer and many players publishing their experiences with the autoban system.
A 27-minute ban is what you get for insulting somebody for the first time. Once you get banned, you cannot access any game mode, be it a non-ranked or ranked match, Terrorist Hunt, or a custom match. Try to insult somebody for the second time, and the ban is extended to two hours. Strike number 3 ensures an "official investigation" by Ubisoft's employees, which can lead to a permanent ban.
Ubisoft announced the planned introduction of the bot in April:
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.
Of course, the idea of banning players automatically based on certain words has already met with sharp criticism. People speak out against the censorship of words which in their opinion are only harmless "trash talk". Additionally, some players get banned for saying their nationality, or even mentioning a skin called Black Ice.
But others seem to like what Ubisoft is doing: "Great news. Act like a jackass online then get treated like one," which makes one wonder – how long will it take for everyone to accept the new invention?
If you’ve had any experiences with the autoban system, leave us a comment.