Welcome back!

Sign in or create an account to enjoy GINX perks, enter competitions and access exclusive features.

GINX TV > News > Valorant

Valorant host Vansilli reveals ban for calling out racist trolls

Vansilli was hit with a competitive ban on his alt account after two abusive players retaliatory reported him.
Valorant host Vansilli reveals ban for calling out racist trolls

Canadian Valorant caster, Alex "Vansilli" Nguyen, has been left questioning how Valorant's reporting system works after he was handed a communication restriction and competitive ban after he was the subject of racism and ableist abuse.

The caster, who is a frequent sight on the desk at many of Valorant's top tier competitions, revealed what happened via Twitter.

"So yesterday I was playing on my alt account in Valorant. Queued with 2 guys who were dropping n-bombs left and right, calling me the R-word and telling me to [kill myself] when I specifically told them to chill out because I lost a friend to suicide," said Vansilli before adding, "And I get the comp ban?".

The Valorant reporting system is a mix of automation and real-world investigation, with certain words and phrases earning you an instant ban and with human reviews for more serious offences (and perhaps lengthier bans). In this case, it is likely that Vansilli has been the victim of retaliatory reporting with both abusive players submitting reports and thus, putting Vansilli's account under the microscope.

Valorant Vansilli comp ban
Vansilli is a familiar face in Valorant's premier events. (Picture: Nerd Street)

Whether Vansilli was automatically banned or banned per human review is not clear but he did reveal that his ban lasted for 72 hours. Vansilli also explained that he wasn't tweeting simply to throw shade but rather as an attempt to understand how the system worked and why he ultimately found himself banned -- something that many players can sympathise with.

Riot Games is attempting to bring an end to toxicity in Valorant and it is one of their top priorities for the game. They have introduced a code of conduct, the aforementioned report and ban system, and have even gone as far as to record what is said via the game's voice chat function.

Those measures don't mean abuse can't happen or that these tools can't be used against the very people they are meant to protect, however, which is something Vansilli can surely attest to. In his case, there is somewhat of a silver lining. Given that his profile has a high ranking, a Riot employee, Matt Paoletti, has stepped in and offered to help in getting his ban reviewed.

Vansilli isn't the only Valorant personality that has spoken out about in-game behaviour.  Earlier this week, a Valorant host, Yinsu Collins, revealed that she continues to get misogynistic abuse in-game, often when she is playing solo games.

She has vowed to continue speaking out on the issue.


For more on all things Valorant, check out our dedicated section with news, guides, tier lists and more. 

Featured image courtesy of Riot Games.