Infinite Esports, the parent company of OpTic Gaming, has had a string of bad press in October, just one year after a major investment.
Richard Lewis provided his insight into the recent Infinite issues, including layoffs and unethical negotiations, during a video that focused on OpTic India’s cheating troubles in a recent LAN event.
“Holy fucking shit has it been a real rough month for … Infinite Esports,” the video begins. “It’s another classic example of people from outside of esports thinking their supposed expertise will naturally translate across to esports.”
The company’s reason for the layoffs was that it “grew too fast,” and Lewis thinks that was obvious to people paying attention.
“No shit, people on the outside looking in could have told you you were growing too fast and were throwing enough shit at a wall to see what would stick,” Lewis says in the video before moving into a more in-depth breakdown of the CS:GO player from OpTic India who was caught cheating.
By now most have heard of Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Kumawat, the player who got caught using PC hacks at a LAN tournament and was immediately released from OpTic’s Indian CS:GO team.
Lewis dives into Forsaken’s past history in competitive CS:GO including a ban for account trading that was reduced from two years to six months.
Forsaken’s cheating was so brazen that he went as far as trying to block an admin and push him away when the admin came to investigate Forsaken’s PC.
The moment forsaken cheating had been caught at Extremesland .Gg forsaken lol :satisfied::satisfied::satisfied::satisfied:trying to del the cheating files. pic.twitter.com/Qx92DkBhpJ
— 翟羽佳 (@winter_still) October 19, 2018
As a result of his cheating, the entire OpTic India roster was released, even though OpTic denied that other members of the team were aware of his cheating.