ESIC acquits Heroic players suspected of involvement in coaching bug

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has shared the results of the investigation into Heroic players who were previously accused by former team’s coach Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen of being aware of him abusing a spectator mode bug. According to the report, the Commission did not find any tangible evidence of the esports athletes’ guilt.

Speaking about the evidence collected during the proceedings, ESIC noted that it has access to the team's TeamSpeak conversation after the match against Astralis at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020, where Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen, Martin "stavn" Lund and Casper "cadiaN" Møller were talking with the coach. During the conversation, niko drew the partners' attention to the fact that HUNDEN was using a bug.

The Commission concluded that the teammates should have had a firm reaction to the situation described above and not allow the same thing happen in the future, but they did not take Kristensen's words seriously. However, ESIC believes that this is not enough to accuse Heroic players of cheating.

The investigation also indicated that niko pleaded guilty to being involved in the coaching bug, but since the esports athlete is diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and Asperger's syndrome, he could not be punished. The Commission came to this conclusion after consulting with experts who declared Kristensen's inability to correctly evaluate the negative side of the coach's actions.

For the next six months, niko will have to regularly contact ESIC to confirm that he understands the Commission's rules regarding fair play. Not adhering to these rules may result in the player being banned for at least one month.

In addition to niko, stavn and cadiaN, Heroic’s 2020 edition featured Rene "TeSeS" Madsen, who is still in the team, as well as Johannes "b0RUP" Borup, who later joined MAD Lions.