PlayStation 4 Rainbow Six Siege players in Japan have said the game is being ruined by what have been dubbed AFK "bouncers".
Players of Ubisoft's competitive multiplayer shooter have complained they are constantly joining matches where other players are exploiting the way the game works in Japan to farm for in-game currency.
This in-game currency, known as Renown, is earned primarily by completing matches. You can also earn some extra Renown from daily challenges and from Ubisoft Connect, which is Ubisoft's cross-platform social and loyalty hub. Players use Renown to unlock operators, weapon attachments and customisation items.
But since this shortcut costs real money, cheaters are opting for a cheaper way to unlock everything. This is where Renown farming comes in.Rainbow Six Siege Credits
The cheat works because of a quirk in the game's user interface for Japanese PS4 users. Japanese games traditionally use the circle button for confirmation and the cross button to cancel. The trouble is the circle button is also the crouch button in-game.
It should be noted this only works on the PS4 version of Rainbow Six Siege, since Sony made the contentious decision to swap the button mapping for PlayStation 5 in Japan to match the rest of the world.
The two make a deadly combination. With a modded controller set to automatically press circle, players can get through the menu and into a match where the player model is set to crouch in a loop, which players call "bouncers". The crouching action is essential so cheaters aren't kicked for inactivity. The end result is rather hilarious, though I am sure it is extremely frustrating for genuine players.