Starting with Y7S1, the Rainbow Six Siege list will require player phone numbers to play

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Starting with Y7S1, the Rainbow Six Siege list will require player phone numbers to play

The moves are sure to be greeted with praise from the community, who have been furious about the state of Ranked for some time. Cheaters plague high-elo matches, and have begun to proliferate in lower ranks over the past months. While this measure assuredly won’t be the end of cheating in Ranked, it’s a solid step forward to what seems like an impossible problem to solve.

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  • Additional restrictions to player identification are coming, according to a tweet from the official Rainbow Six Siege Twitter account, to slow the influx of hackers and smurfs in Ranked queues. To use the Ranked feature, gamers will need to link their phone numbers to their Ubisoft accounts starting next season. While this will not totally eliminate cheating, Ubisoft hopes that it will “delay cheater re-entry after being banned” and effectively eliminate smurfing.

  • Fighting cheating, for a developer, is like playing “Whack-a-mole”: the second you beat one problem, another pops up. Requiring players to have phone numbers tied to their accounts will hopefully mean that more cheaters who get banned, stay banned.