A statement that does not provide much information has revealed HUNDEN is no longer on the ESIC banned list. ESIC will also be reviewing its policies and procedures moving ahead.
In a surprise announcement, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has lifted former Heroic coach, Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen’s ban with immediate effect. The statement said the decision came "in light of a constructive engagement" between the two parties on November 29.
HUNDEN will undertake relevant training while ESIC will undertake relevant training and ESIC has confirmed that it will review its policies and procedures to ensure they are consistent with good industry practice and fit for purpose.
The 31-year-old Dane also released a statement thanking his legal team for guiding him through his dealings with ESIC.
There is not much information available from either side with HUNDEN also making it clear they will not be making any further comments.
Multiple ESIC bans for HUNDEN … but why?
HUNDEN - former Heroic CS: GO coach was accused of sharing a sensitive team strategy folder with an opponent during IEM Cologne 2021. Image Credit: Heroic Twitter.
On August 19, 2021, ESIC banned HUNDEN for breaching its code of conduct. HUNDEN was banned for sharing a folder comprising sensitive strategy information with another team. This incident took place ahead of IEM Cologne. Heroic finished the event in 13-16th place.
Despite the recipient team not opening the said folder, ESIC banned HUNDEN for two years for violating its code of conduct.
Having just come out of an eight-month suspension for abusing a coaching visual bug in the game, the two-year ban would serve a death sentence on HUNDEN’s time in CS: GO. HUNDEN was part of nearly 40 initial coach names that were found guilty of abusing the visual bug.