After looking at all the evidence from the past week, the Esports Integrity Coalition has come down hard on Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat with a five-year ban from all esports competition. Kumawat was caught cheating at the Zowie eXtemesland Tournament LAN finals in Shanghai which lead directly to Optic India’s disqualification and the disbandment of the entire squad by the organization. When admin personnel inspected Kumawat’s PC, they found aimbot cheating software which he tried to delete. Tournament admin had to physically make him stop the deleting action.
OpTic India has won the ESL India Premiership before the Zowie eXtemesland the previous week and the ESIC did an investigation into that as well.
“As Optic India had won the ESL India Premiership the previous week and ESL India is a member of ESIC, we asked them to examine Optic India’s and Kumawat’s performance specifically to see if it was possible that he cheated in their event,” the report said. “The evidence that emerged indicates beyond reasonable doubt that Kumawat cheated during the ESL India Premiership. Most of the evidence is publicly available and is compelling. The same cheats used at eXremesland was found on his SSD card from the Premiership and match analysis shows numerous examples of the cheats being used. No cheats were found on the other Optic India players’ SSDs.”
Integrity Commissioner, Ian Smith, said, “It is always desperately sad when something like this happens in esports, but this case is particularly disappointing as we have previously shown compassion and consideration for Kumawat in our prior dealings with him. Additionally, he has caused great damage to Indian CS:GO and esports and devalued an excellent competition. 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.”
Kumawat has the right to appeal within 48, but has refused any communication with ESIC during the time of publication.