OpTic India was kicked out of a CS:GO tournament in Shanghai due to one of the players cheating in the middle of the match. The cheating incident caused the event to stop right in the middle of gameplay. The incident also led to the dissolution of OpTic India’s CS:GO team.
OpTic India was competing in the eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals in an elimination match against Revolution. During the event, there was some suspicion over how OpTic team member Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat was playing. There were concerns that he was using an automatic-aiming program.
During the second match of the event, an administrator at the tournament stopped the action amid concern over what Kumawat was doing. The issue came as the B5 anti-cheating setup being used at the event identified a concern on Kumawat’s computer.
Kumawat closed CS:GO on his computer and then attempted to close and delete a program that he had going in the background. The staff at the event then investigated his computer further and found an executable file that was not opening. The computer then posted an error message stated that the Windows operating system needed an update for the program to run.
Video had been posted on Twitter showing Kumawat attempting to stop the admin from taking a look at the computer. Kumawat was trying to get the person’s hands out of the way so the check could not be made.
Another video of the game in action was also posted on Twitch. The video shows Kumawat appearing to have an easier time with pulling off shots, including cases where his aim suddenly shifts directly at the moment as he shoots. One other event that was noticed entailed him shooting at a wall while accurately tracking an opponent who was on the other side of that wall.
Kumawat eventually left the tournament and carried his backpack off with him. The other four team members on OpTic India stated that they had no knowledge of what their teammate was doing. The teammates could be seen standing around the computer with concern as the match was called off and the team was kicked out. Some images of the staff members at the tournament looking at background files on that computer were also posted online.
A further online analysis found that Kumawat was in possession of a Valve Anti-Cheat-banned account. He had been banned from ESL competition in the past. He also claimed that he had sold that account at the time that he was banned and that the person who took in that account could have been the one who used it improperly.
OpTic India announced not long after the event that Kumawat’s contract with the group was officially terminated. The other team members were also released by OpTic so they could pursue other endeavors with different competitive factions.
The news comes as OpTic has been trying to expand its reach in the esports world. OpTic has expanded its brand from North America to India, Brazil, and Southeast Asia in recent time.