It has been a dark and depressing night for the Rainbow Six Siege community, as cheaters have been preventing players from playing the game.
This weekend, several Siege players were unable to queue into Ranked and Unranked playlists because of a cheating issue related to joining squads of players. Using this exploit, cheaters were entering lobbies of players with a brand-new account, which meant the minimum level requirements of Level 10 and Level 50 were not met for Unranked and Ranked playlists respectively.
Players couldn’t even kick this “ghost” teammate as they weren’t even showing up on the squad, leaving them in complete frustration.
This issue was first seen on social media on Saturday but happened only to a small percentage of players. However, things escalated quickly on Sunday, as almost all PC players started facing this ‘ghost’ bot attack.
After several hours, Ubisoft acknowledged this problem on Twitter and stated they were actively working to fix both the PC ‘ghost’ bot attack and also Xbox online issues.
Thankfully. both these issues were solved relatively quickly, and players were finally able to queue into both Ranked and Unranked modes normally.
PC UPDATE: We've isolated what we believe to be the root of the issue and have deployed a fix to resolve it.
We're seeing positive progress thanks to the fix and feel we're closing in on a resolution!
We're continuing to closely examine performance and will keep you updated.
— Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) September 13, 2021
“We’ll continue to closely monitor the game’s performance to ensure these fixes hold,” said Ubisoft. “Over the next week, we will implement more robust long-term measures to prevent this from happening again.”
However, it is still uncertain what exactly was the root of this issue, maybe a bug, an exploit, or a server-level issue. Nevertheless, at least Rainbow Six Siege is now up and running for all the players. But this might not be enough for the Siege community, as the new Crystal Guard season is still filled with multiple game-breaking bugs and hacking issues, which have resulted in the #savesiege movement once again.