An exhaustive report about the worldwide Offensive subreddit details what occurred leading up to the Forsaken debacle. It claims alleged bias throughout Optic Gaming’s selection procedure in addition to chronicles repeated complaints from the neighborhood over Forsaken’s performance which weren’t taken seriously. According to the report, the neighborhood has been up in arms Forsaken’s cheating since 2016 and action was not accepted by any event organisers. Additionally, most professional Counter-Strike teams in India did not wish to play with him for the same reason. Despite all these problems, Optic Gaming went ahead and signed him .
To make matters worse, it seems that Forsaken’s cheats weren’t flagged during the Extremesland India qualifiers either. The company behind it, Playtonia has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that didn’t log any questionable action from him, which is at odds with allegations of Forsaken cheating in CS:GO since joining Optic.
“Playtonia hasn’t received any official complaint or ticket increased against Forsaken during the length of that event qualifier till date from any of the participating players or teams. Playtonia has also crosschecked the logs out of the internet qualifiers and we have not detected any questionable activity in the online qualifier stage,” an email from the company reads.
“Playtonia had adequate admins monitoring each match of their qualifier. Since there wasn’t any ticket increased or allegation registered officially with our support team, admins did their task of inspecting all players rather than specifically targeting one person for possible malicious actions. Playtonia was only accountable for the internet qualifiers and don’t have any relation pertaining to this succeeding India LAN qualifiers that were offered by some other service supplier.”
Furthermore, Playtonia has issued a lifetime ban on Forsaken. Nevertheless, some look unconvinced of these actions taken by Playtonia, ESL, and other e-sports businesses in the nation and rightly so.
“That was 100 percent preventable with proper oversight and skilled admins who should have been unbiased and impartial,” asserts esports critic Kshitij Kothari.
“It is a complete shame that they weren’t able to do more despite being completely equipped with all of the hardware and required resources. We are talking about companies which have supposedly received multi-million dollar evaluations and tons of funds to go with. They could go on retrieving data from each of the PCs Forsaken has ever touched, adding more proof and just making the case against themselves stronger – they failed to take cognisance let alone scrutinise the reports and complaints from Forsaken.”