Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is among today’s top first-person shooters and it’s important you keep your account locked down. For those on PC, Ubisoft provides the ability to further secure accounts beyond a password with the help of two-factor authentication (2FA). This keeps unwanted visitors out with an additional layer of security.
More importantly for many, Ubisoft is preparing to force 2FA on all Rainbow Six Siege players within the “Ranked” playlist on the platform. Amid growing concerns around cheating, it hopes that enforcing 2FA will improve the state of competitive multiplayer. Here we break down the mentality behind Ubisoft’s decision – plus how to enable 2FA yourself ahead of time.
Why Ubisoft is forcing 2FA in Rainbow Six Siege
With cheating becoming a big problem in Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft recently outlined its plans to improve its anti-cheat measures. While the existing BattlEye third-party anti-cheat system deters many, PC users have drawn attention to an increasingly growing population of hackers. Documented hacks included the ability to teleport freely and even plant the bomb defuser at spawn. That’s not ideal for a game with a growing competitive scene.
Hacking has become more feasible through breached accounts stolen from other players, which can be sold behind the scenes for cheap. Not only does a shady market exist around the practice – it allows hackers to utilize cheats without repurchasing the game each time they’re banned. Among several actions being taken going forward, Ubisoft will force Uplay two-factor authentication (2FA) on all players using the Ranked PC playlist. By making this mandatory, Ubisoft is targeting the lifeblood of many hackers.
Enabling Rainbow Six Siege two-factor authentication
Enabling 2FA is limited to Ubisoft’s account management page, with the help of an authentication app. Despite many services allowing email addresses and phone numbers as authentication methods, Ubisoft limits users to a dedicated app.
- Visit Ubisoft’s account management page.
- Sign-in with your Ubisoft account.
- Select the 2-step verification tile.
Scroll down to the 2-step verification subsection.
- Select Activate 2-step verification. Ubisoft will send an email to the email address associated with your account.
- Open the email from Ubisoft.
- Open the provided link to start the two-step verification process.
- Sign-in with your Ubisoft account again.
- Click Continue when prompted to download Google Authenticator.
- Download Google Authenticator via the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. Other authentication apps can also be used.
Open Google Authenticator.
- Select Begin setup.
- Scan the QR code displayed on the Ubisoft website. Alternatively, the manual code can be entered.
- Click Continue.
- Enter the numerical code displayed on Google Authenticator when prompted.
- Click Continue. Six recovery codes should now be displayed on-screen.
- Securely store the recovery codes for future reference. If you have issues accessing the app, these six codes can be used to access your account.
Some major changes lay ahead for Rainbow Six Siege, its popularity grows across all available platforms. In the meantime, make sure to check out our breakdown of what’s coming next in Year 3, Season 3.