A high-ranking Valorant streamer was banned live on their Twitch feed for cheating. Solista, a Reyna main known to inhabit Radiant ranked games of Valorant, received a ban notice for cheating while streaming on Wednesday. News of the ban is leaving many to wonder how long Solista had been cheating at the game, and if it aided him toward ranking in Radiant.
Valorant implements an anti-cheat system known as Vanguard that was designed to make cheating virtually impossible. Still, players have managed to game the system through aimbots and wallhacks. It is unclear how Solista was cheating, but the sophisticated Vanguard system is unlikely to issue a false report.
Valorant Streamer Solista Banned Live on Twitch
During their stream on April 14, Solista had one of their games terminated after 18 rounds due to a cheater being detected. Upon exiting the game, they received a message that they were in fact the cheater and had received an indefinite ban. Solista has been consistently ranked in the top 75 players in North America.
Many players have since suggested Solista had been cheating for some time and it had aided him in ranking so highly. Others came to their defense, noting that the streamer has stated that they use the space bar to shoot instead of the mouse. Some suggest that due to Solista's unorthodox playing style, Vanguard registered it as using a trigger bot.
If Solista was truly cheating, many members of the Valorant community are concerned with how long it took Vanguard to detect him. If they were able to get away with cheating long enough to reach Radiant, then it is possible that many other cheaters are slipping past Vanguard's security. Video of the ban going viral might discourage other high-ranking cheaters from continuing their deceit.
Solista's ban from Valorant appears to be permanent until further notice. Their Twitch channel has also disappeared, possibly due to violating the streaming service's policy against cheating on stream.