Cheating may be a fun pastime in your own private quarters, messing around with games and having fun at your leisure. However, cheating is no laughing matter when it comes to professional esports, and one player found out that the hard way.
According to a report on Eurogamer, there’s a controversy that has boiled over within the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports community after one of the players in the competitive community got caught cheating. Thus, proving that even with a seemingly insurmountable library of skill, some players are still compelled to cheat to win.
The report indicates that during the Extremeland Zowie Asia tournament which took place in Shanghai, China, OpTic India player Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat actually began using a cheat hack during the middle of a tournament while OpTic India was playing an intense game against the Vietnamese team, Revolution.
Kumawat was caught using the cheat by the tournament officials, but attempted to wipe it off the hard drive of his computer before being called out on it. However, he just wasn’t savvy enough to get rid of all of the evidence of the hack before he got caught.
Officials began investigating the claim of hacking by checking Kumawat’s computer, at which point he attempted to delete the program, which allowed him to aimbot against his opponents in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. An aimbot is essentially an automated aiming system that auto-locks onto opponents, allowing you to quickly nab fatal shots with just the press of a button.
Kumawat attempted to delete the files while the officials were checking his computer, but in dramatic fashion, the official got physical and grabbed onto Kumawat’s arm, preventing him from pressing the delete file.
Quite naturally, Kumawat was booted out of the tournament, which is typical when a player is caught cheating at an organized eSports event. What a lot of people didn’t expect was that the entire OpTic India team was also disqualified from the tournament as well. This infuriated the owners, which resulted in them firing every single member of the team.
But, it gets worse. Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat is now being considered for a lifetime ban from all eSporting events, which would effectively kill his career as a professional gamer.
The video footage captured of him being caught by the officials also doesn’t help matters, since instead of confessing to the crime he attempted to delete the hacks. Take a look:
As pointed out by Eurogamer, this isn’t even the first time that Kumawat has been caught cheating. He was previously banned from tournament play for a brief stint back in 2017 when he was hit with a VAC ban while playing on Steam. A VAC ban only occurs if the Valve Anti-Cheat system flags your account for using cheats. It’s going to be hard for Kumawat to recover from this incident, especially given that he’s already been banned once before for cheating.