ESIC banned HUNDEN for two years
The Esports Integrity Commission disqualified the former Heroic player Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen for two years. The specialist was punished for sharing confidential information about Heroic's strategies with an unknown Danish squad at IEM Cologne 2021.
During the investigation, ESIC representatives found out that Petersen passed anti-strategies with the information on how to counter the actions of Heroic during the match. The report says that the recipient of the information did not use it.
According to the Commission, the team that the coach passed the materials to is also the one with whom HUNDEN negotiated his process of moving to. And although its name has not been specified, HLTV.org previously reported that the Danish specialist was a frontrunner to replace Danny "zonic" Sorensen in Astralis.
In addition, ESIC denied HUNDEN's claims that the Commission's representatives did not consider the coach's position during the proceedings. According to the press release, Petersen was given the opportunity to speak out, but he did not provide any substantial information that could affect the course of the investigation.
It should be reminded that a ban from ESIC implies a prohibition on participation in tournaments held by the organizers cooperating with the Commission. First of all, these are ESL, DreamHack, BLAST, WePlay, and Relog events. Valve's reaction to the investigation is currently unknown.