OpTic India has been disqualified from eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals after their player Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat has been found guilty of hacking at the LAN event. Suspicious plays and key-bindings were flagged by the Admin Team and the B5 anti-cheat which triggered an investigation of the suspected player’s PC.

OpTic India was playing Team Revolution in their group D decider match in a b03 series where the game had been called to a pause in the 19th round by the admin team. Upon inspection of Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat’s PC it was found that he was using software to gain an unfair advantage in-game versus his opponents. Alt-Tabbing out of the game revealed another suspicious application running in the background which he deleted with no remorse right in front of the admins and tried to play dumb. The file had been recovered and subsequently, the Admin panel announced that OpTic India will be disqualified from the event as a result. OpTic India has yet to make a statement regarding this fiasco.

 

OpTic India : From Pride to Disgrace.

The announcement of an Indian CS:GO roster made waves in the local and regional Counter-Strike scene. The organisation took trials for the ultimate roster the country had to offer. And from its inception, they began winning all the events locally and bagging a slot at this years eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals and a recent win in ESL India’s Lan finals. With the organisation’s recent success, the Indian eSports scene could be seen as a growing force with organisers like DreamHack taking an interest in the scene.

OpTic India’s disqualification is as much fault of local organisers as it is of the player himself. The local organisers at events like ESL India failed to realise that they had a hacker winning events and even getting away with it locally that “forsaken” had the audacity to even hack at an international LAN event and ruining the country’s reputation. Had the organisers been a little unbiased towards players that play well at a LAN event as supposed “saints” and incapable of hacking, they would have seen through their clouded judgement that he was a player that had been called out for being a suspicious player by opposing teams on multiple occasions and owning a previously VAC banned account. Had the organisers taken action before allowing him to represent the country at an international LAN event, the country and its eSports scene would not be seen as the laughing stock it has become as of now.