In a story first reported by Dot eSports, OpTic Gaming has dissolved their India-based Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. The news comes following an incident where one of the team’s members was caught cheating during a tournament.
The player in question is Nikhil Kumawat, also known as ‘forsaken’. The incident happened during the Extremesland Zowie Asia CS:GO 2018 tournament in Shanghai, China. The tournament is a major-tier event with a prize pool of $100,000. The official Twitter for the tournament released this footage last Friday. In the footage, you can see a tournament administrator examine Kumawat’s terminal and even pull him back as he attempts to delete the files for the cheat:
— CSGO2ASIA (@CSGO2ASIA) October 19, 2018
The cheat in question appears to be an aimbot, a program that automatically locks onto opponents, even through obstacles. The directory containing the files can be seen in this Tweet:
— 辛味。 (@liuxinwei0102) October 19, 2018
As a result of the cheating, OpTic India was booted from the event. In addition to booting Kumawat, the team as a whole has been dissolved, likely to distance them from the scandal:
— OpTic India (@OpTicIndia) October 19, 2018
Jesal Parekh, OpTic’s international development director, spoke to HLTV about what happened shortly before the above statement was issued:
We want to apologize to all the other teams and organizations involved. It is unfair for everyone involved. We also want to apologize to our country and to the fans who have supported us. This will be a big setback for the country, and it is really unfortunate that one selfish person is capable of causing this… I want to make it very clear that the other four players had no knowledge of this and would never have agreed to even play if there was even the slightest hint of it.
Meanwhile, ESL and the Esports Integrity Coalition are getting involved. ESL has looked into OpTic India’s win at their Premiership Summer event and discovered Kumawat had the same program on his SSD during their tournament. They consider this a Level 4 offense under ESIC’s code of conduct. This could result in a lifetime ban for Kumawat.
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