Hunden Banned for 2-years over ESIC Code of Conduct Breach
The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), has announced that former Heroic coach Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen will serve a two-year ban for breaching the ESIC Code of Conduct. This comes as a result of him sharing Heroic’s confidential strategy material with an opposing team ahead of IEM Cologne 2021.
"The facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that brings Esports, the Game, Event, ESIC or a Member into disrepute."
ESIC's Findings in Hunden Investigation:
- Mr. Petersen was in the process of negotiating a career move from Heroic to the opposing team;
- Mr. Petersen did, in fact (and by his own admission), send information to the opposing team that. This included information such as anti-strategy materials relating to Heroic’s opponents as well as other sensitive and potentially useful (to an opponent) information;
- The recipient had not, as a matter of forensic evidence available to date, accessed the information;
- Accordingly, IEM Cologne was not considered compromised from a competitive integrity standpoint.
- However, in sharing anti-strategy materials, amongst other potentially sensitive and useful data and information, with the opposing team during:
- Mr. Petersen’s employment with Heroic;
- Mr. Petersen’s transition or negotiation of career movement to that opposing team;
- Heroic’s upcoming attendance of IEM Cologne (in which it may have faced opponents which were the subject of the anti-strategy materials); and
- Mr. Petersen’s knowledge of the opposing team’s attendance of the same event;
HUNDEN claims some Heroic Players knew about the Coaching Bug abuse
Pimp thinks its highly probable HUNDEN Is telling the truth.
ESIC Comments on Hunden's Public Misinterpretations
At a broader level, it is alleged in various public statements by Mr Petersen and others that swapping of information, strategies, data and tactics between coaches in CS:GO is common practice. I don’t know if this is true, but, if it is, it needs to end now, or at the very least in the build-up to events and tournaments. Competitive integrity is key to esports’ growth and future appeal and all participants ought to have this front of mind at all times.