Suspected Warzone cheater ‘Shifty’ has been airlifted to try and prove his innocence live. However, a seemingly “fraudulent” polygraph test has left the situation even murkier than before.
The ongoing saga of aspiring Warzone pro Shifty continues to get complicated.
What began in early March with cheating allegations in the middle of a $100,000 tournament, quickly led to deep dives by other pros before esports organization NRG stepped in.
The NRG Team and Full Squad Gaming offered to steal Shifty for an unprecedented investigation. They planned for the accused player to showcase their skills on a PC of their choosing, live for the Warzone community to see.
That show was finally taken down on April 5, but rather than clearing things up, a cursory polygraph test made the situation even more confusing than before.
At first, Shifty had to play a handful of streaming games. Given the cheating allegations against him, each game was under more scrutiny than usual. Although after playing for a few hours, no conclusions were drawn.
Shifty played well, even though he wasn’t on his own home PC rig. Veteran Warzone pro ScummN was even brought into the studio to offer his input as Shifty fell into the lobby after lobby, but no concrete opinions have yet been formed.
As a result, this all led to a lie detector test near the end of the show. It was something Full Squad Gaming and NRG had been pushing more than anything else throughout the day.
It was with this polygraph test, however, that things quickly fell apart. The individual performing the test, John Grogan, was immediately called out by those watching live.
Grogan, a Los Angeles-based polygraph examiner, has appeared on reality shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Beauty and the Geek, among many others. Despite being referred to on TV as “one of the nation’s most respected polygraph examiners,” his background may be illegitimate.
Grogan has been called a “fraud” many times over the years. His qualifications were challenged not only in the court of public opinion, but in the Superior Court of the State of California as well as.
As the Twitch chat began to expose the authenticity of this polygraph test, the Full Squad Gaming channel quickly launched an intermission screen.
With thousands of results pending, hosts Jake Lucky and Grady Rains quickly returned to address the issue. They chose not to share Shifty’s test results due to the claims now piling up on social media against Grogan.
Within minutes, the stream was shut down, the Twitch VOD was removed, and the YouTube stream was made private.
At the end of the day, I didn’t feel comfortable sharing these results and I think it was the right choice. Thank you so much to everyone who came because beyond that big gaffe, it was so much fun for me. More important updates coming tomorrow.
—Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) April 6, 2022
“[F**k] me,” Lucky tweeted after the broadcast ended. “Ultimately, I didn’t feel comfortable sharing these results and I think it was the right choice.”
The hosts have offered to cover the cost of a secondary lie detector test, if Shifty wants to continue proving his innocence.
For now, however, it seems unlikely as a budding Warzone pro “just [wants] to play CoD” in the future.