India’s Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat and TNC Predator’s Filipino “Kuku” Palad are involved in scandals that marked the 2018 competitive landscape. Although the year was great for electronic sports, but the industry also hosted great controversies. Cases of toxicity and use of illegal programs are among the negative highlights of 2018 in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) , DotA 2 and League of Legends (LoL). Let’s recall the major bans that marked the competitive landscape in 2018.

Atun ban in Dota 2

In July, in the South American qualifier for The International 2018 , Peruvian player Juan “Atun” Ochoa of Thunder Predator was accused of using macro in a match against the Brazilian team SG e-Sports . At the time, the series was in the third game, and Atun chose to play Meepo. At this point, the athlete began to make some strange moves. The proof of the macro, however, came later when the community began to analyze the game until confirming that, in fact, Atun cheated.

In one part of the game, Atun used the “Poof” ability on three separate “Meepos” at the same time (which is impossible without the help of illegal programs). In addition, it was proven that Atun also used macro during the game. In the same qualifying, when playing with the hero Huskar, the athlete adopted the illegal practice to activate and deactivate a specific item at the speed of thousandth of a second. As a penalty, Thunder Predator was eliminated from the qualifier.

Forsaken Ban in CS:GO

Indian Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat , an Optician India player at the time, was competing in a Zowie eXTREMESLAND Asia game when the event’s anti-cheat caught some of the abnormalities on his computer. As a result, one of the organizers stopped the competition and went to the athlete to see what was happening. Forsaken realized that it would be discovered and even tried to close the illegal program.

After confirmation of use of cheats, OpTic India was eliminated from the tournament and the organization waived forsaken and all players on its team. In addition, forsaken received a five-year ban from the competitions.

Around 1400 accounts banned in Overwatch

Account sharing in Overwatch is a practice prohibited by Blizzard Entertainment and is one of the topics cited in the game’s User License Agreement. However, a total of 1,423 players in South Korea eventually broke the rule and were promptly banned by the developer at one time. This punishment was revealed via Twitter , and the Battle Tags of all suspended accounts were posted on the official Blizzard forum.

Kuku ban from Chongqing Major

In November, Filipino player Carlo “Kuku” Palad of TNC Predator was in a match against Chinese players in DotA 2 and, to provoke them, used the term “Ching Chong”, an expression considered racist in China. The Chinese charged Valve with punishments on account of the player’s behavior, which resulted in the ban on Kuku of Chongqing Major of DotA 2 , which will take place in the country in January 2019.