Heroic suspend Hunden following the ESL ban
Team Heroic broke up with coach Nikolay "HUNDEN" Petersen after a scandal with using a bug that allows you to covertly observe the actions of the opponent. The Danish organization conducted its own investigation, after which it recognized the intentional use of the bug and assured that it would return all prize money.
Coach Heroic used the bug for 10 rounds against Astralis during the DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 and 13 rounds against Team Spirit in the semifinals #HomeSweetHome: Week 5. The Danes lost the game against Astralis, while the victory over Team Spirit allowed them to reach the final and subsequently win the competition.
Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen“The recent allegations made against me are true. I take full responsibility for my actions during the Dreamhack Masters tournament and the HomeSweetHomeCup 5. CS:GO at the top level is super competitive and I saw an edge which I knew was wrong, but I took it and used the bug in-game. I acted on my own, without the knowledge of my teammates.
I felt remorse for my decision, and I still do, but realised that I could never take back my actions. Therefore I decided to contact Michau Slowinski, the ESL Admin, to explain the bug that was a part of the game at the time. I knew it would have professional and personal ramifications for me.
I am sorry for letting down Heroic, my family and all of our fans. I only want the best for the Counter Strike community, and my actions during these two games are something that are not part of the community I want and love.
I accept my punishment but have hope you will welcome me back to the stage one day.
Heroic representatives also said that after watching the demos they have no reason to believe that the players knew about the coach's actions or were somehow involved in them.