The Esports Integrity Coalition, the main body governing all esports including the ESL India Premiership, have announced a 5 year ban for Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat from ‘all esports related activity’. The decision came shortly after it was discovered that forsaken cheated not only at the zowie Extremesland 2018 tournament, but also at the Fall Finale of the ESL India Premiership.
The former OpTic India player has been allotted a time slot of 48 hours to plead guilty and accept a proposed sanction, or defend himself before the disciplinary panel of the ESIC. So far, there hasn’t been any response from him.
Integrity Commissioner, Ian Smith, said, “It is always desperately sad when something like this happens in esports, but this case is particularly disappointing as we have previously shown compassion and consideration for Kumawat in our prior dealings with him. Additionally, he has caused great damage to Indian CS:GO and esports and devalued an excellent competition. There is no place in esports for cheats like Kumawat and, at a personal level, I hope we never see him back in CS:GO or any other game again.”