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Clash Royale player Jimit Bhatt banned for cheating

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Clash Royale player Jimit Bhatt has been given a 12-month ban from esports for cheating.

The punishment has been imposed by the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), which said Bhatt was banned for "account sharing, boosting and acquiring rank, rewards and qualification by deception".

In a statement sent out to members, ESIC said: "Bhatt was playing in the ESL India Premiership 2019, which is a tournament subject to the ESIC Code of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Code, when it was discovered that his game account was being used by multiple players at various times over the past month.

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10 countries, 30 devices

"Based on evidence provided by Supercell, the account has been logged into in more than 10 countries using over 30 different devices. In addition ESIC was provided with video evidence of Bhatt’s account being played whilst he was using other apps on his phone and chatting with people, which could not be done if he was playing the game.

"It is impossible to tell precisely how many in-game rewards, qualifications, prizes or ranking points have been accumulated for Bhatt by other players playing his account, but there is no doubt that this happened and that it is in contravention of Supercell’s terms of service, ESL India Premiership Rules and the ESIC Code of Conduct."

Bhatt is banned from all esports across all ESIC members and will only be eligible to enter any competition organised by an ESIC member company after 23rd May, 2020.

Bhatt's offence is another blow to the reputation of the ESL India Premiership, during which CSGO player forsaken was caught cheating using the now infamous "word.exe" hack in 2018.

Picture: ESL India / YouTube

James McMathMedia manager at Luckbox.