Nearly two weeks ago it Appeared that Optic Gaming’s India Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) line up was released Because of one of its players, Nikhil’Forsaken’ Kumawat cheating.This was discovered at the Extremesland 2018 tournament in Shanghai. While Forsaken’s cheating has had any ramifications about the e-sports scene in India, many have wondered why he wasn’t captured at local events.
An exhaustive report about the Global Offensive subreddit details what occurred leading up to this Forsaken debacle. It claims alleged prejudice during Optic Gambling’s selection procedure in addition to chronicles repeated complaints from the neighborhood over Forsaken’s functionality that were not taken seriously. According to the report, the neighborhood was up in arms Forsaken’s cheating because 2016 and action wasn’t accepted by any event organisers. Additionally, most professional Counter-Strike teams in India did not want to play him for the same reason. Despite all these problems, Optic Gaming went ahead and signed him on.
To make matters worse, it would appear that Forsaken’s cheats were not flagged throughout the Extremesland India qualifiers either. The organization behind it, Playtonia has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that did not log any suspicious action from him, which is at odds with allegations of Forsaken cheating in CS:GO since joining Optic. Then again, neither did ESL or even SoStronk.
“Playtonia has never received any official complaint or ticket raised against Forsaken throughout the span of the event qualifier till date from some of the participating teams or players. Playtonia has also crosschecked the logs out of the online qualifiers and we have not detected any suspicious activity in the online qualifier phase,” an email from the company reads.
“Playtonia had sufficient admins monitoring each match of the qualifier. Since there was not any ticket increased or allegation registered officially with our support staff, admins did their task of inspecting all gamers rather than specifically targeting one individual for possible malicious activities. Playtonia was only accountable for the internet qualifiers and have no relation pertaining to the succeeding India LAN qualifiers which were offered by another service supplier.”
Furthermore, Playtonia has issued a lifetime ban on Forsaken. Nevertheless, some look unconvinced of these activities taken by Playtonia, ESL, and other e-sports businesses in the nation and rightly so.
“That was 100 percent preventable with proper supervision and proficient admins who should’ve been unbiased and impartial,” asserts esports critic Kshitij Kothari.
“It is an utter shame that they weren’t able to do more despite being fully equipped with all the hardware and required resources. We are talking about companies which have allegedly received multi-million dollar evaluations and tons of funding to proceed with. They can go on retrieving data from each of the PCs Forsaken has touched, adding more evidence and only making the situation against themselves stronger – that they failed to even take cognisance let alone scrutinise the reports and complaints against Forsaken.”