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HUNDEN to serve two-year ban following ESIC probe

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Former Heroic coach Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen was handed a two-year suspension from the Esports Integrity Commission on Friday following an investigation into claims that he was in breach of its Code of Conduct.

The ESIC levied the punishment after investigating claims that HUNDEN shared sensitive information from Heroic’s strategy folder with an opposing team ahead of IEM Cologne in July.

As a result of the ban, HUNDEN will not be allowed to participate in events organized by ESIC members.

The ESIC learned HUNDEN was negotiating a move to the opposing team at the time when he attempted to share Heroic’s information. The name of the other team was not disclosed, although HLTV.org reported last month that Astralis was looking into HUNDEN replacing head coach Danny “zonic” Sorensen in 2022.

“On 28 July 2021, Mr. Petersen had made a public statement via his Twitter account in which he stated … ‘The material I have shared is anti-strat material of opponents…'” ESIC wrote. “ESIC viewed this public admission, in conjunction with the evidence collected in the course of our investigation as sufficient grounds for a prosecution under ESIC’s Code of Conduct which applied to this situation by virtue of it occurring during the period of and related to the ESIC member event, IEM Cologne, and in which Mr. Petersen’s employer team, Heroic, was competing.”

HUNDEN, 30, was fired by Heroic last month after the organization cited “clear breach” of contract.

According to a statement released by the Denmark-based Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, “severe trust issues” with HUNDEN developed before IEM Cologne in early July.

HUNDEN plans to leave CS:GO entirely. He told Danish television network TV2.dk that “right now, there is nothing called Counter-Strike for me after this.”

HUNDEN also said ESIC threatened to suspend him for five years if he appealed the verdict, however the latter disputed that claim.

HUNDEN originally joined Heroic in April 2020. In September 2020, the team suspended him for one year after he admitted using a spectator bug in matches at DreamHack Malmo 2020 and Home Sweet Home Cup 5. The ban was reduced to eight months due to his assistance with the investigation.

–Field Level Media

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