OpTic release Indian roster
OpTic Gaming have parted ways with their Indian Counter-Strike squad, the North American organisation have announced.
In a statement posted on the team's Twitter account, OpTic explain that they are releasing the roster "to pursue new opportunities with other competitive options".
The announcement comes in the aftermath of OpTic India's disqualification from the eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals, in Shanghai, after team member Nikhil "forsaken" Kumawat was caught cheating at the tournament.
OpTic had already distanced themselves from forsaken by cutting ties with the player right after the match, with director Jesal Parekh insisting that the rest of the players had no knowledge of any wrongdoing from the 23-year-old.
Launched in May of this year through open tryouts, OpTic's Indian division quickly rose through the ranks and claimed a top 10 spot in the Asian region ranking. The team most notably won ESL India Premiership Fall to win almost $7,000 and qualify for the ESL Pro League Season 8 Asia event.
The team's involvement in the tournament, which will be held online on Tuesday, is very much in doubt, with ESL expected to make a decision on the matter within the next 24 hours.
OpTic India's roster had the following players: