Early this week we reported on a CS: GO cheating scandal that rocked the esports world. A player in OpTic India during the eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals, was caught cheating. Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat (image above) cheated during a $100,000 tournament and it wasn’t even his first time. Last year, he was found to be the owner of a VAC-banned Steam account during the ROG Masters 2017 South Asia Qualifier.
That should be more than enough to receive a lifetime ban if you ask me, but instead, the player only received a five-year ban.
The Esports Integrity Coalition, which is the main body governing esports tournaments such as the ESL India Premiership, announced their decision. The Esports Integrity Coalition has given Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat 48 hours to respond and plead guilty, accepting his punishment. At the time of writing, Mr Kumawat has not responded.
The Esports Integrity Coalition explains their decision:
Whilst a substantial amount of the evidence has been available publicly for a few days and there have been many calls for a quick decision and a lifetime ban, we have taken our time to ensure a proper procedure has been followed in accordance with the Code of Conduct to which Kumawat was subject during the Premiership.
He was entitled and remains entitled to due process and natural justice. Consequently, we have tried to contact him to offer him a reasonable time to consider the evidence and take the opportunity to plead guilty and accept a proposed sanction or plead not guilty and defend himself before our independent Disciplinary Panel. He has not responded to our attempts to contact him.
Don’t get me wrong, five years is a very long time in esports and the younger you are, the better your reflexes. For CS: GO, this is especially critical. Therefore, even if Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumawat does return in five year’s time, he won’t be as good. Further, no respectable esports organization should ever let a known cheater into their team, no matter how good he or she is.
Even so, I still feel as if a five-year ban is simply not good enough, as a lifetime ban would send a much stronger message.
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