Former OpTic India player Vishal ‘haiVaan’ Sharma has spoken publicly for the first time since his former teammate Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat was caught cheating at a CS:GO LAN event - and revealed what he wanted to do in the moments after the incident.
Sharma recently made a post on the popular /r/GlobalOffensive subreddit, giving his thoughts on the situation, and providing an insight into how the incident unfolded from his point of view.
HaiVaan and the rest of his OpTic India teammates were disqualified from the $100,000 eXTREMESLAND 2018 LAN event in Shanghai when admins at the event caught forsaken using cheats on his PC.
The former OpTic India player again reiterated that neither he nor the rest of his teammates were aware of Kumawat’s cheating, saying that: “He was so hardworking inside and outside the game that he made us believe that he was clean, but now I feel that all those things he did was to gain our trust. He fooled his teammates,the organization and all the people who trusted him.”
Because Sharma was sitting at the opposite side of the stage, he wasn’t aware of what was happening at forsaken’s computer as he was “thinking about the round,” and didn’t realize anything was going on until he saw a referee pushing Kumawat away from his PC.
In the aftermath, haiVaan says they were unable to speak to forsaken, but states that he “was so furious that [he] wanted to bash him on stage,” but thought this would lead to more problems.
As for the future, haiVaan intends to keep competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with a goal of putting “India on the world map for CS:GO.”
“I am motivated to compete at the highest level. The hunger in me to be the best has increased even more now and my dream is yet to be achieved,” stated Sharma.