The admins have confirmed that forsaken was indeed using a cheating software and have disqualified OpTic India from the eXTREMESLAND tournament.
It is a sad day for esports; more so for the Indian esports and CS:GO community. One of the most hopeful teams, OpTic India, was disqaulified from the tournament after player Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat was found cheating.
The news was first broken by csgo2asia whose representatives were present at the tournament. They reported that there was a long pause after which the admins of the tournament announced that forsaken was indeed guilty.
What went down
OpTic India was playing against Vietnam’s Revolution when the B5 platform anti-cheat was triggered. When the admins approached forsaken’s PC, he denied them access. The admins asked forsaken to alt-tab, after which forsaken immediately closed and removed the program running in his computer's background right in the presence of the admins. They quickly attempted to recover the file, but were unable to run it. This visual observation by the admins definitely proved his guilt.
In addition, there have been rumors and reports of forsaken previously using hacks in the Indian Gaming community. It's unclear whether or not these reports have reached his team.
OpTic India had a lot of hopes from Indian gamers pinned on them. The team had become one of the top 10 teams in the HLTV regional rankings very recently. Their match against FrostFire, the Malaysian CS:GO team, did not go very well. They lost to them 6-16, which might have been the reason why Kumawat felt the pressure to cheat. It is clear that Kumawat’s career is now over, and this incident will be a blot on the Indian scene for a long time to come. He has been removed from the organization.
Optic India has just released a statement saying they have officially terminated Nikhil "Forsaken" Kumawat's contract. Moreover, they have also released the rest of their roster following the scandal.
Meanwhile, the CSGO Asia community has expressed hopes that the recent fiasco will not tarnish or overshadow the huge amount of work other CSGO Asian teams have put in through the years.