ESIC Published a Statement Regarding Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen

Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has published an official comment on the allegations of former Heroic coach Nikolai "HUNDEN" Petersen for passing on the Danish team's strategy data to third parties. According to the released information, the Commission conducted a joint investigation with ESL to ensure that there is no impact on the integrity of IEM Cologne 2021, and is currently awaiting the completion of legal proceedings in the Danish courts to determine whether sanctions are necessary against both sides of the incident.

Due to the publication of a statement by Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen, relating to a matter that is still undergoing investigation, ESIC has decided to issue its own statement, in both the public’s interest and to avoid speculation.

On Tuesday 6th July, ESIC received notification that Mr. Petersen had allegedly engaged in behaviour which could be classified as a breach of ESIC’s Integrity Program. The alleged behaviour was related to upcoming matches at IEM Cologne. Upon receiving this notification, ESIC commenced an investigation, reviewing the evidence available at the time and pursuing other investigative lines of enquiry.

ESIC promptly notified ESL ahead of IEM Cologne and ESL joined ESIC in cooperating with further investigative efforts to determine the impact of Mr. Petersen’s alleged actions on the integrity of the tournament. ESIC’s preliminary findings, on the evidence available, were that while Mr. Petersen did engage in behaviour that could constitute a breach of the ESIC Integrity Program, the consequences of his behaviour had not impacted the tournament integrity of IEM Cologne.

Since IEM Cologne, ESIC has continued to engage with the parties involved and impacted by Mr. Petersen’s actions and now awaits any further evidence that may arise from the various seizures carried out under Danish legal processes by Heroic. Following receipt of any further evidence, ESIC will aim is to assess whether there have been any breaches to the ESIC Integrity Program, by any of the parties involved, and what, if any, sanctions may be appropriate.

As this matter is still ongoing and under investigation, ESIC will reserve further comment on the outcomes arrived at and any potential sanctions to be issued until the finalisation of its investigation.