Following the ban of former OpTic India player Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat from all the competitive eSports for the period of 5 years, ESL India has cancelled OpTic India, ESL India Premiership Summer Title and will hold the finals again on October 28th, 2018
Forsaken has been accused of using aim-assist cheats during the Counterstrike professional competitions held during this month which includes eXTREMELAND ZOWIE Asia and ESL India Premiership.
On immediate inspection, we have discovered the same cheat program that was used by Forsaken in Shanghai on the SSD he used at the ESL India Premiership Fall Finale and have shared this evidence with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC). (2/3)
— ESL India (@ESL_India) October 22, 2018
Also, OpTic India has released their Indian CS:GO roster following the cheating allegations on OpTic India.
Now, the ESL India Premiership finals will take place on October 28th, 2018 between the Slaughter Rage Army and 2ez Gaming. The winner of this tournament will play in the ESL Pro League Asia Finals
— ESL India (@ESL_India) October 25, 2018
ESL India has also released a statement concerning the professionalism in eSports and upgrading the standards of the arena. An ESL India representative has told that ” We were in close contact with ESL Global to revisit our processes and to make sure that upgraded standards are in place for the upcoming replay of the finals”
ESL India Premiership Summer Title
ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith has also shared his views on this matter and told “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.”