Counter-Strike pro caught cheating at tournament

Steven Rondina • October 19, 19:47

Fans that stayed up to watch the eXTREMESLAND Asia Counter-Strike tournament got a bit of a shock.

While facing Vietnamese team Revolution, Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat of OpTic India was caught cheating. The announcement was made following a lengthy pause in action, and was followed by the ejection of his team from the event.

According to, during OpTic India’s second map against Revolution, Forsaken was flagged for suspicious activity by the anti-cheat platform the event was using. This resulted in the pause, during which administrators approached Forsaken.

Officials found a “suspicious program” running in the background on Forsaken’s computer. Before they had the opportunity to investigate, however, Forsaken quickly closed and deleted the program. The files were recovered shortly after but could not be reopened.

Still, eXTREMESLAND believed there was enough evidence to warrant OpTic India’s forfeiture of the series and removal from the event. Fans on social media captured clips of Forsaken’s play during the series which seem to suggest the use of aimbots and possibly wall hacks.

Per Dexerto, this is not the first time Forsaken has had issues involving cheating. In 2017 Forsaken, then playing with SemperX, was given a two-year suspension by ESL for owning a VAC-banned account.

Given his history and the nature of this case, this is likely going to be the end of Forsaken’s time as a pro CS:GO player.


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