Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat, who got notoriously famous with cheating on LAN, has been given a five-year ban by the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).
Funny enough, the ban does not come as a result of the famous incident, which occurred at the eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals, but rather for another case of cheating by the same player at ESL India Premiership Fall Finals. The ban applies for all esports-related activity for or with any ESIC member organization, which includes ESL.
Forsaken crossed the boundaries during his team OpTic India’s group stage match versus Revolution. The match was paused by the admins in order to check forsaken’s PC for suspicious software. Making matters worse for himself, the player attempted to delete the cheat files right in front of the admin’s eyes. Of course, this didn’t end well for him or his team and OpTic India were instantly disqualified.
Further investigation into forsaken’s previous LAN appearances provided evidence that he has indeed cheated at other events, including the ESL India event India Premiership Fall Finals, which OpTic India originally won.
As a result of this farce, forsaken took down himself, his teammates who were released from OpTic India within hours of the eXTREMESLAND fiasco, and most likely an entire region as every org will proceed with caution before stepping into the Indian scene. To cap it all off, forsaken did not even take the chance offered by ESIC to plead guilty and accept his punishment like a man.
All in all, it’s a disgraceful story that should serve as a shining example of how much damage an individual misdeed could inflict upon innocent bystanders.
As Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith phrased it:
“There is no place in esports for cheats like Kumawat and, at a personal level, I hope we never see him back in CS:GO or any other game again”.