OpTic India Disqualified After Player is Caught Cheating

by Nikhil Hathiramani

The admins of eXTREMESLAND confirm that Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat was caught for cheating during the elimination match against Vietnam’s ‘Revolution’

During the deciding match of group D, a technical pause was called on round nineteen. The head admin of eXTREMESLAND approached the player, ‘forsaken’, after suspicious activity flagged by the B5 platform anti-cheat alerted the admin team.

Upon being approached, ‘forsaken’ initially refused the admin access to his PC. After asserting his position, the admin asked the player to alt-tab out CS:GO –  only to find a suspicious program running in the background. Nikhil Kumawat immediately closed and deleted the suspicious program right in front of the admins’ eyes, a skill in of itself.

Because the file was deleted, this prolonged the investigation, as admins worked quickly to recover the deleted file. Fortunately, the file was recovered successfully, but when trying to investigate further, the executable would not open, printing an error message that Windows needed to be updated in order for it to run.

This visual observation by the admins, coupled with the anti-cheat system detecting the program give the eXTREMESLAND organizers enough reason to believe that ‘forsaken‘ is indeed, guilty.

OpTic India has been immediately disqualified from the event, and Revolution gets a free pass to move on to the next BO3 versus Malaysia’s FrostFire.

It is extremely unfortunate that this had to happen in such a crucial juncture for OpTic India. Many fans back home were eager to see if their recent success domestically would translate to a deep run in this tournament.

Needless to say, Kumawat’s career in CS:GO is over. The player has been released from the organization effective immediately. What is more heartbreaking is the betrayal towards fellow teammates and management, and we hope that this does not discourage OpTic from pursuing their venture into Indian esports, but the reality is, one player’s misguided behavior could have potentially ruined all hope for the future of his peers.

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