Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Kumawat, a member of OpTic India’s CS:GO team, got a 5-year ban after being caught cheating during the Extremesland Asia Finals. The 23-year-old has only been a member of OpTic India since August 2018.

Forsaken was caught cheating during OpTic India’s match against Revolution at the eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals. The event was set to have a $100,000 Prize Pool and luckily, event administrators were able to catch him cheating.

At the time of writing, it’s unknown how Forsaken was able to install the hack on his computer. But, the hack he was able to get in granted him aim-lock – which helped him get easier hits on his opponents.

Forsaken was caught cheating after suspicious activity was detected by the game’s anti-cheat platform. After being confronted by the administrators, Forsaken was quick to delete the hack from his computer. The funny thing about that is, he deleted the hack right in front of them.

After the cheating fiasco, OpTic India was kicked out of the tournament, giving Revolution the match victory. OpTic India has also terminated the contracts of the other members of the CS:GO Team in order to pursue new opportunities. This is truly unfair for the other members of the CS:GO Team as they were let go as well.

Apparently, this wasn’t the first time Forsaken was linked to cheating. Back in 2017, the player was thought to be the owner of a banned Steam Account named ‘rektmao’. Forsaken defended himself by stating that he sold the account some time ago and he was not the person cheating. This event likely proves that he indeed, owned that account.

OpTic India’s decision to sign Forsaken, even though he had a history of being linked to cheating, was a bad move. This might’ve prompted the main team, OpTic Gaming, to fire every individual on their Indian team.

What do you think about Forsaken’s punishment? Should he deserve a lifetime ban? Let us know what you think down in the comments section!

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