Four players from Velocity Gaming's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) roster have recently been banned on FACEIT for suspected cheating. These bans, which were enacted on August 25th, 2023, have come as a shock to the gaming community. The affected players are Bodhisattwa “The_Guru” Panday, Tamajit “Logan” Ghosal, Muhammad “Syahhftw” Shyarul Daneal Bin Arif, and Nairit “L0sttt” Banerjee.
The bans have varying durations, with L0sttt and Logan receiving two-year bans, lasting from August 25th, 2023, to August 25th, 2025. In a more severe punishment, Syahhftw and THE-GURU have been given indefinite bans, leaving their gaming careers uncertain. Surprisingly, neither Velocity Gaming nor the players involved have provided an official response regarding these bans.
For those who may not be familiar, FACEIT is a well-established platform in competitive gaming. It offers players the opportunity to engage in a variety of esports titles, providing organized tournaments, leagues, and matches. Additionally, the platform has an anti-cheat system in place to maintain fair play by detecting and preventing cheating. It seems that FACEIT's anti-cheat mechanism has flagged activities that violate fair play standards in this case.
Velocity Gaming is a prominent name in the esports community, with rosters in various titles such as Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) and Valorant. However, this ban has raised questions about the organization and its involvement in such activities. It's worth noting that Manoj “Sentinel” Kashyap, the founder of Velocity Gaming, is a respected figure within the Indian gaming landscape. He has contributed significantly to the development of the Indian gaming ecosystem and has advocated for fair gameplay. The response from Velocity Gaming and how these events will impact the players and the team's future remains to be seen.
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– Velocity Gaming: [source not provided] – Manoj “Sentinel” Kashyap: [source not provided]