A few months after announcing their anti-cheat plans, Ubisoft has finally revealed when the ‘ranked lock’ in Rainbow Six Siege will be activated. Ubisoft is enforcing this security measure to promote account security and reduce the number of cheaters in the game. Starting December 11th, nearly all Rainbow Six Siege PC players will need to activate two step verification in order to play ranked.
For now, the ranked lock applies to Europe, Middle East, Africa, North American, and South America. APAC data centers like South East Asia and East Asia will receive the ranked lock at ‘a later date.’ As for why the lock isn’t being introduced to all regions at once, Ubisoft explains that “EU and NA have enough players with 2FA enabled to ensure a positive matchmaking experience.” All players connecting to the affected data centers won’t be able to participate in ranked matches without 2 factor authentication enabled on their account.
Notably, owners of Rainbow Six Siege on Steam using Steam Guard will still need to activate two step verification on their Ubisoft account. The change only affects PC players, and console players do not have to activate two step verification as of yet. This also means
Having an additional layer of security never hurts, and in this case, Ubisoft is offering a reward for those who turn on 2SV before December 11th. A free Thermite bundle, which includes a headgear and a uniform, will be given to PC players if they activate 2SV before the ranked lock goes live. If for some reason you decide not to activate the security measure, you will still be able to play Situations, Casual, and Terrorist Hunt game modes.