theScore esports Daily (Oct. 24): forsaken issued five-year ban by ESIC, FNS joins eUnited and Blizzard announces in-game spectating for Overwatch

by Dimitri Pascaluta Oct 24 2018
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ESIC slaps forsaken with a five-year ban

After he was caught using cheating software at last week's eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals, former OpTic India player Nikhil "forsaken" Kumawat has been banned from attending events under the jurisdiction of the Esports Integrity Coalition for five years, the non-profit organization's general manager, Kezra Powell, announced on Wednesday.

According to ESIC, the discovery prompted the organization to request that ESL India investigate whether forsaken had also cheated at the India Premiership Fall Finale in September. forsaken was found to have used the same software at the ESL event as well, which led ESIC to ban the player from "all esports related activity for or with any ESIC member organisation" for five years.

ESIC claims that it has tried to contact forsaken in order that he might offer a plea of either guilty or not guilty, but goes on to say that the player has yet to respond.

FNS joins eUnited

Veteran CS:GO player Pujan "FNS" Mehta has joined eUnited as the team's new in-game leader, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The team's former IGL, Skyler "Relyks" Weaver, has transitioned to the role of AWPer. In addition, Brandon "Ace" Winn has moved into a substitute role.

Blizzard announces in-game spectating for Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that a new in-game spectating mode for Overwatch will be unveiled at the Overwatch World Cup.

Called the Overwatch World Cup Viewer, it will enable users to watch all matches as they’re happening using tools similar to those of professional observers.

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