In the competitive team-based multiplayer games of today, communication and information are essential if players want to perform in a game at a high level. Most of the time, proper coordination is the difference between winning and losing, ranking up or ranking down. In Rainbow Six Siege, a game where there is so much information that needs to be relayed at any given time—from where the enemy is coming from all the way down to which floorboards have been shot out—communication is crucial to just being able to properly play a good game.
Pictured above: An average amount of chaos in a typical game of Siege
However, in Asia, there is a perfect storm of problems that make playing Rainbow Six Siege difficult if not impossible to communicate, let alone win a game, if you don’t have a squad available to grind games with. If by chance you do encounter another teammate that’s not toxic, willing to coordinate and actually has a microphone/voice chat for callouts—which are already rare occurrences enough on their own— there’s another monumental hurdle that you have to traverse which is the colossal, ever-present asian language barrier.
According to Gamestat.com, Asia has the third highest number of Siege players in the world, amounting to 10% of its overall player base. Asia is second only to North America (40%) and Western and Northern Europe (34%). There are currently 29 different countries divided across all 3 of Rainbow Six Siege’s Asian Servers: Asia East, Asia South and Japan East. These 29 countries have 21 separate and distinct official languages.
This data also doesn’t account for China which has banned Siege in the country but players find ways, using VPNs and other means to play the game, providing an influx of Mandarin-speaking players among its other dialects into the game.
Additionally, according to data which we compiled from Education First’s EPI (English Proficiency Index), which tracks the various English proficiencies of different countries and regions of the world, these 29 countries with the exception of Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, and South Korea, all have Low to Very Low English proficiency rating, averaging in 469.41 EF EPI (English Proficiency Index )Score and ranging the worst in the world in English Proficiency Rankings ranking 70 out of 100 or worse among the world’s nations. This makes any possible lingual middle ground almost impossible.
In comparison, the South America servers, which appear to be the closest to Asia in terms of lowest english proficiency according to the heat map above, only have 11 countries and speak only 3 languages among them with 9 out of 11 countries recognizing Spanish as their official language. This means that in the South America server, even though their english proficiency is low, players find the lingual common ground of Spanish to communicate in.
There is clearly a problem that needs addressing here for the sake of the health of the game when it comes to Asia. The continent has also been no stranger to debacles concerning the language barrier, most recently prompting Innersloth, developers of the popular multiplayer game Among Us to enact a language select option for chat, to counteract Filipino players causing chaos and breakdowns in communication by refusing to speak any other language but Filipino last year.
That being said, in a similar light, the solution to the Asian Rainbow Six Siege’s language barrier might be a “Language Select” option when queuing up for a match. The feature can be as simple as a drop-down menu that categorizes players into groups according to which language they would be comfortable in speaking and relaying communications. This might possibly induce longer waiting times to find a match but the feature can also be optional so that only players who favor communication over long queueing times will know what they are getting into, and vice versa.
Speaking from experience, solo queueing in Ranked Siege is always a huge gamble. There is always so much that can go wrong and a lot of things need to go right to be able to win a game and rank up, and as we’ve found out through the course of our research, there’s a lot more hurdles for Asia than the rest of the world. This is unfortunate because I can see Asia being great in Siege, if we could only speak the same language or at the very least, understand each other.
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