Optic Gaming released the rest of its Indian CounterStrike team following the cheating incident centered on Nikhil "forsaken" Kumawat at Extremesland 2018.
He and the rest of the team was disqualified after he was caught using a cheating program in the middle of an official match.
The organization stated that they are looking “to pursue new opportunities with other competitive options”.
A setback for Indian CS
The announcement came despite the team’s immediate actions against forsaken. They terminated the player in the middle of the LAN as soon as the cheating allegations were verified.
In an interview from HLTV, Jesal Parekh, OpTic’s International Development Director clarified that the rest of the team had no knowledge regarding forsaken’s actions. He also apologized to the Extremesland organizers and to their fans who rallied behind what was regarded as the next big thing for the country's esport scene.
"We want to apologize to all the other teams and organizations involved. It is unfair for everyone involved. We also want to apologize to our country and to the fans who have supported us. This will be a big setback for the country, and it is really unfortunate that one selfish person is capable of causing this.” -Jesal Parekh
A call for proper action
The cheating incident ultimately caused an uproar from the local fanbase. As posted by Optic India, it “potentially harms competitive integrity in the region”.
A Reddit thread posted by u/hsarinCSGO surfaced hinting a potential threat against forsaken. The thread also shows a tweet from Asian tournament organizers CSGO2ASIA calling on fans to “cool it” referring to the rumored threats.
ESL spot in shambles
Optic India was the result of a project designed by the American organization to search and develop new talents from potential countries with less international exposure. The team was established just last May and immediately rose to the ranks in the local scene.
In a short span of time, the group won most local tournaments including ESL India Premiership that gave them a spot at the ESL Pro League Asia Finals. ESL is yet to make an official statement whether or not the players could participate at the event.