If we were to pinpoint a perfect example of being caught red handed, then the news of a CS:GO pro getting busted for cheating would fit the bill to perfection. Going by the moniker Forsaken, Nikhil Kumawat of OpTic India got caught with his hand in the cookie jar for using an aim bot hack.
During a professional match against Revolution, an outfit from Vietnam, at the Extremeland Zowie Asia tournament, Forsaken was not only snagged during the course of a match, but then thought it judicious to physically bat away the referee’s arm as said official investigated the hack installed on his machine in an attempt to delete it. His teammates looked on in astonishment at the scene unfolding before them. OpTic India was justifiably booted from the tournament soon after the events occurred. You can check out the moment it happened here.
The news clearly spells bad news for Forsaken himself whose facing disciplinary action from both the tournament organizers and his team. His team unceremoniously rescinded his contract as well as those of the rest of OpTic India’s CS:GO roster, authoring the follow message on Twitter:
‘We stand strongly against any form of cheating as it not only tarnishes the local roster, but potentially harms competitive integrity in the region. We have terminated Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Kumawat’s contract for his actions. At this time we are also releasing the remaining roster to pursue new opportunities with other competitive options’.
As for organizer Extremeland, they are seeking a lifetime ban for the player given this is the second case of cheating on his behalf, the first being a VAC ban on Steam.
To cheat so blatantly is either a symptom of deep set idiocy or a sign that cheating is rampant among the CS:GO pro scene and players are so accustomed to it they are venturing further and further down the rabbit hole of hacks to the point where loading one up during an officiated tournament match is worth the risk. Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs and doesn’t shed a good light on OpTic India, the regional CS:GO scene, or Forsaken himself to say the least.