5 times esports professionals cheated and got caught

With large cash prizes on the line, some esports professionals are willing to do anything and everything they can possibly do to win tournaments. Cheating is nothing new and doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Here are five times esports professionals were caught cheating and what happened to them:

1. Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat caught cheating during a CS:GO tournament

Nikhil "forsaken" Kumawat caught by tournament admins. Source: polygon.com

This incident is probably one of the most well-known recent cheating incidents in the esports community. At the Extremesland Zowie Asia CS:GO 2018 Tournament with a $100,00 prize pool, Forsaken was caught using an aimbot program to help him have an easier time getting kills. Forsaken and his team were disqualified from the match and his team eventually broke up.

2. Damion “XXiF” Cook “teaming” up for quick wins

Source: criticalhit.net

Unlike other incidents where cheaters were caught by anti-cheating software and judges, XXiF was turned in by Fortnite fans. XXiF was competing in the qualifiers for the $30 million Fortnite World Cup when footage of his gameplay made its rounds in the community. They noticed he didn’t have to work for any of the kills he was getting. It turned out that friends of XXiF were giving him kills he needed to improve his ranking.

3. Chen Wei “Tom60229” disqualified for “stream-sniping”

Source: dot esports.com

What started off as several accusations of Tom60229 cheating turned out to be true. Tom60229 and his team were watching a broadcast of their match to know every action their opponents were taking aka “stream-sniping”. Tom60229 and his team, Chinese Taipei, released a video of their match which had audio of them talking about what their opponents were doing. This turned out to be enough evidence to disqualify Tom60229 and his team from the Hearthstone Global Games.

4. Gregory “GregEmpire77” Haloin talks to his manager mid-match

Source: dexerto.com

“GregEmpire77” was caught by Clash Royale tournament administrators taking a call from his manager who was in front of the stage watching the moves of opponents. Players can gain a major advantage in Clash Royale if they’re able to learn about their opponent’s elixir and card cycles. He was disqualified from the tournament which had $50,000 on the line.

5. Lee “Life” Seung-Hyun takes part in match-fixing

Source: liquidpedia.net

With an ever-growing resume, Life won multiple victories playing Starcraft II. He was at the top of the charts of all ranked Starcraft II players for a few years until he was arrested in 2016 on charges of receiving money for match-fixing. Up until his arrest, Life had won approximately $460,000. He was found guilty, sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence, a three-year suspension, and received a $64,000 fine. Life was also banned for life from KeSPA and his WCS Global Finals title was taken away.

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