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Pengu, G2 Carlos & more slam “lunatic” fans over gay Rainbow Six Operator outrage

Published: 19/Feb/2021 16:32

by Lauren Bergin

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When Ubisoft announced that Rainbow Six Siege’s new Operator Flores is openly gay, some fans weren’t pleased. G2 Esports’ Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez and pro player Niclas ‘Pengu’ Mouritzen are among a host of personalities to hit back at the outrage. 

When it comes to Rainbow Six Siege there has always been the internal issue of toxicity and flaming. While most players jump into game and don’t bother their teammates, there’s always that one person who feels the need to ruin everyone else’s fun.

The effect that this has on players is no more apparent than in the situation of caster Jessica ‘Jess’ Bolden, who has chosen not to stream the title again due to threats of severe sexual assault and racial slurs.

It appears that the toxic sector of the community has reared its ugly head once again, as homophobic reactions to new Operator Flores have caused some of the title’s most famous faces to slam the Rainbow Six fandom.

R6 pros and casters hit back at fans

Flores in Rainbow Six Siege
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Flores is the first openly gay Operator in the Rainbow Six saga.

Ubisoft’s official biography for Flores notes that “every night he calls home to talk to his husband,” revealing to the world that the character is openly gay.

The announcement, while welcomed by many fans of the game, has sparked mass outrage among some of the title’s players. Taking to Twitter and Reddit to attack the decision with homophobic slurs, some of Rainbow Six’s biggest stars have condemned fan comments.

G2 Esports CEO’ and internet troll ocelote is one of these. Taking a break from memeing, the esports legend wrote “are people really raging at a Rainbow 6 character being gay? The f*ck is wrong with you people?”

Pengu, one of G2’s pro Rainbow Six players also shut down abusive fan comments. Commenting that the “new operator in Siege is gay. And I f*ck with that. And if you don’t then kindly f*ck OFF” he slams toxic fans by stating “Siege was a far more enjoyable game on a community level with less players around, I wouldn’t mind you guys leaving.”

A final tweet from caster Peter ‘Interro’ Mackay hammered home that the R6 community doesn’t condone the actions of a select few toxic players. He proclaims that “representation matters. It’s really cool to see so many people be happy that there’s a gay character in Rainbow 6.”

Rainbow Six’s Creative Director responds

In response to the overwhelming outrage sparked by the announcement, Rainbow Six’s Creative Director Leroy Athanassoff took to his own Twitter to hammer out a very important message.

“Just to be super clear: We want EVERYONE to be able to relate with this game. Games (like sports) should be for EVERYONE.”

“So yes the cast of Ops is going to be more and more diverse until everyone had someone they can relate to. So you’re in for a long ride. Better get used to it.”

It’s pretty clear that the devs aren’t too bothered by the toxicity. Instead, they’re making their stand right here and now to ensure that everyone can feel included in the Rainbow Six universe.

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Rainbow Six Y6S1 patch notes: Crimson Heist launch, Nokk & Kali changes, more

Published: 22/Feb/2021 13:43 Updated: 22/Feb/2021 13:45

by Connor Bennett

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Ubisoft have dropped their patch notes for Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 6 Season 1 update, bringing the start of Crimson Heist, as well as a number of operator changes. 

Just like any other multiplayer game, Siege has undergone its fair share of updates – be it to introduce new content, balance operators, change weapon, and more.

With the start of Year 6 Season 1, the Crismon Heist expansion will introduce a brand-new character by the name of Flores, a rework to Border, as well a new secondary weapon.

Though, the existing operators and weapons won’t be forgotten about. The developers have rolled out their patch updates ahead of the update, highlights changes to Nokk, Kali, and more.

Flores in Rainbow Six Siege
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Flores will join the Siege party in Crimson Heist.

The headline changes in this patch are the changes to both Nokk and Kali, as we’ve already the devs.

As the devs explain, Kali’s changes are aimed at Casual, Top Ranked, and Pros players, taking away some of the frustrating aspects about coming up against her.

In terms of the changes to Nokk, these are test server changes that will be turned off when the update goes live so that the devs can continue working on her. She’ll be a buff to her gadget to make her “interesting to play and useful against more defensive setups.”

Nokk in Rainbow Six Siege
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Nokk will undergo changes and testing.

On top of those two, changes will also be coming to Blackbeard, Dokkaebi, Finka, Mozzie, and Twitch. There are weapon changes and bug fixes as usual as well.

You can check out the full developer notes below, and find some of the reasoning for the changes over on Ubisoft’s official Siege blog. The Y6S1 patch will go live on March 16 alongside the launch of Crimson Heist.

Full Rainbow Six Y6S1 patch notes

KALI

  • Increased CSRX 300 damage to 127 (from 122)
    • 1 body shot will kill a 3-speed Operator
    • 1 body shot will DBNO a 2-speed Operator
    • 1 body shot will DBNO a 1-speed Operator
    • Wearing Rook Vest
      • 1 body shot will DBNO a 3-speed Operator
      • 2 body shots will DBNO a 2-speed Operator
      • 2 body shots will DBNO a 1-speed Operator

BLACKBEARD

  • Reduced Shield HP to 20 (from 50)
  • Reduced MK17 damage to 40 (from 49)

DOKKAEBI

  • Added Gonne-6 (Removed C75)
  • Added Stun Grenades (Removed Frag Grenades)

FINKA

  • Added Gonne-6 (Removed GSH-18)
  • Added Stun Grenades (Removed Frag Grenades)

MOZZIE

  • Warning will hint at the distance to Pests by modifying its blinking speed

NØKK

  • While HEL Presence Reduction is active, Nøkk won’t activate proximity-based gadgets
    • Gadgets affected: Ela’s Grzmot Mine, Melusi’s Banshee, Kapkan’s Entry Denial Device, Proximity Alarm, and Metal Detectors
  • Nøkk’s glitch effect will cancel the proximity immunity, resulting in the activation of any gadget in range
  • The color of the HEL device on Nøkk’s hand will change colour when bypassing any proximity device

TWITCH

  • Added Smoke Grenades (Removed Stun Grenades)

G36

  • Improved recoil

DISABLED STATE FOR ELECTRONIC GADGETS

With Year 6 Season 1, when a gadget is disabled by Mute, there will be proper feedback showcased to players.

  • Attacker drones
  • Breach Charges
  • Hibana’s X-Kairos
  • Fuze’s Cluster Charge
  • Thermite’s Exothermic Charge
  • Zero’s ARGUS Cameras
  • Claymores
  • Nomad’s Airjabs