Top 10 Esports Players Caught Cheating

Top 10 Esports Players Caught Cheating
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Top 10 Esports Players Caught Cheating

There is only one way to improve in a sport: practice it and spend a lot of time. Each professional made a name for themselves in their respective sport by following these simple rules. Even esports players do the same thing, they spend thousands of hours practicing and improving their game.


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However, some people don’t like doing this necessary routine for improvement and look for an easier route, an unethical way to become the best. Many esports players cheat in games. Eventually, the world found out about his evil deeds. So let’s take a look at some of these esports players who got caught.

Frost of Azubu


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Azubu Frost is a Korean competitive gaming team sponsored by the German brand Azubu. Therefore, the team participated in the 2012 League of Legends World Championship under the name Azubu Frost.

The team attracted a lot of controversy in the tournament as they were caught cheating against Team SoloMid. The entire team was found looking at the screen, not the opponent’s screen but the big screen in the arena for the audience to watch the match. In addition, they had to pay a $30,000 fine for unethical ways of gaining an advantage.

jonathan kosmal

In 2019, Fortnite player Jonathan Kosmala aka JonnyK used a wall trick in the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers where he represented Team Kaliber. However, Team Kaliber later kicked him out due to the illegal act. Wall Cheats are a cheat tool that helps players see other players and items behind a wall.

A wallhack is usually harder to detect than an aiming bot. However, the hacker who came up with the wall hack reported it to JonnyK. The hacker claimed that he did the hack for gamers to have fun rather than use it in serious competition.

Additionally, some reports suggest that a conversation between Kosmala and the hacker was leaked, leading the authorities to discover this unethical act.

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One of the oldest cheat cheats is the aim bot, which helps players to aim perfectly without focusing too much on aim. A Korean streamer and pro-level esports player has been found guilty of using an aiming bot during a live stream.

KiD X, one of the top 200 Overwatch players, was found using aimbot on a live stream. The audience quickly became aware of the illegal activity and denounced the player. Soon, his Overwatch account was permanently banned by Blizzard during the live stream.


Another guy who got caught using aimbot, but in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Grandpa Beret esports team player Flex used an aimbot during the ESEA 2015 tournament.

Flex led the team and displayed excellent skills. But on closer inspection, the organizers discovered that he was cheating. Therefore, he was kicked out of the tournaments. Later, his teammates informed him about his ignorance of Flex using an aimbot. Also, the esports player gave an excuse that he did it to stop his addiction to competitive gaming.


Arguably one of the worst acts of cheating is intentionally losing a match, also known as match-fixing. Without a doubt, this is an act of poor sportsmanship and lack of respect for the sport. Dota 2 player Alexey Berezin, aka Solo, sold his match for some money.

In 2013, Solo bet $100 that his team would lose the StarSeries Season 6 tournament. Also, he was supposed to get $322 for feeding 50 kills to the opposing team. However, he was caught and faced a lifetime ban which was later reduced to one year. However, he never received the $322, and this amount became a meme in the gaming community, often used during suspicious activities.


Drug use is one of the most traditional forms of cheating in sports, and it has found its way into esports as well. In 2015, not just one esports player, but an entire team got high to gain an advantage.

The outstanding team of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cloud9 used Adderall at ESL ONE Katowice 2015 to increase their rate of return. This was revealed by none other than Cloud9 member Kory “SEMPHIS” ​​Friesen. Also, Cloud9 did not face any penalties for the use of Adderall as the rules did not prohibit the use of drugs, but after this incident, things changed about drug use before a competition.


Flex and Cloud9 weren’t the only Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheaters on this list. Nikhil Kumawat, also known as Forsaken, used an aimbot at the 2018 eEXTREMESLAND Asia Finals.

The organizers suspected that the player was using some illegal method in his game. So, they went to his PC to check it out and found an aiming bot which he saved with the name ‘word.exe’. Furthermore, Kumawat also used the trick in the previous rounds. He also cheated in another competition that year, the ESL India Premiership 2018 Fall.


Lee Seung-Hyun, better known as Life, was possibly one of the best Starcraft II players. He made a name for himself, becoming the youngest winner of the Global Starcraft II League. However, he sullied all of his glory in 2015 with his misdeeds.

The young Korean was part of a major match-fixing incident during a Starcraft II tournament. They paid him for him to leave and lose games. Furthermore, he was also part of a gambling scandal where he was supposed to make money by throwing matches. But the authorities found the illegal acts of him and banned him from several tournaments. Additionally, he spent 18 months in prison for his match-fixing act and was fined $64,000.

Phox and W3ak

Valorant is one of the most recent competitive first-person shooter games. Many players spend hours honing their skills, but some don’t want to work hard even on this new game.

Valorant hosted the first large-scale tournament in 2020, The PAX Tournament. Two rising pro gamers, Phox and Echo 8’s W3ak, were found to be cheating. Later, Riot Vanguard’s anti-ban detected their illegal acts and kicked them out of the game.


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This is one of the classic and early incidents in the esports scene. Tom Newman, known as D1ablo, was found cheating in a tournament. However, he didn’t cheat to improve his game or anything, but his act was wrong.


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In 2007, D1ablo joined the FatGames esports team. But he was not eligible to participate in a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare tournament due to tournament rules. So, he attended that event through his teammate’s account. Soon, the organizers became aware of this irregularity, and both D1ablo and FatGames faced the consequences, a six-month ban and the loss of several good deals.

Game developers and tournament organizers are trying to do their best to weed out these hackers and cheaters because these types of esports players spoil the joy of others. What do you think should be done to decrease cheating in esports?

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