ESL India release final statement on OpTic forsaken cheating scandal, confirm ban length and next step for India Premiership - Dexerto

ESL India release final statement on OpTic forsaken cheating scandal, confirm ban length and next step for India Premiership

Published: 25/Oct/2018 10:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2018 11:19

by Ross Deason


ESL India and Nodwin Gaming have released a final statement on the OpTic India cheating scandal and confirmed that they will be hosting a rematch to decide the new winners of the Premiership Fall Finals.

OpTic India’s Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat was caught cheating at the eXTREMESLAND 2018 LAN on October 19 and was immediately disqualified from the event along with his team, all of whom have now been dropped by OpTic Gaming.

However, the controversy didn’t end there as ESL India conducted their own investigation and found that forsaken had also been using the hack during the Fall Premiership Finals, an event that OpTic India had won.

Now the event organizers have released a final statement on the matter, beginning with an apology to the community: “We would like to apologize that cheating could even happen at this competition.”

They also confirmed that Kumawat will be banned from all ESL and Nodwin Gaming competitions in accordance with the recent ruling from the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).

The organizers of the ESL Premiership have also made the decision to host the Grand Final again in order to decide the true winner of the tournament and the qualification spot for the ESL Pro League Season 8 Asia playoffs.

“We were in close contact with ESL Global to revisit our processes and to make sure that upgraded standards are in place for the upcoming replay of the finals: 2ez Gaming (losing semi finalists to OpTic Gaming) will take on Slaughter Rage Army (losing finalists to OpTic),” they explained. “The winner of the best of 3 will represent India in the ESL Pro League Asia Finals.”

According to a report from, the teams will be playing the match from internet cafes under the watchful eye of ESL India admins.

“ESL has established leading standards for global tournaments, and the ESL India team will now turn the lesson into an opportunity for the ESL India Premiership to further align standards to those of the global events,” they concluded.


NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal


Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.