The Esports Integrity Fee (ESIC) has issued a two-year ban to Danish CS:GO coach Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen.
The ban was a results of allegations made when he was at his former workforce, HEROIC. The allegations state that Petersen shared details about the workforce’s technique with opponents through Google Drive simply earlier than the beginning of IEM Cologne 2021.
Petersen’s ban began on August twenty fifth, 2021 and can finish on August twenty fourth, 2023.
Ian Smith, Commissioner at ESIC, commented: “The form of conduct punished right here needs to be unacceptable and wouldn’t be tolerated in conventional sport underneath any circumstances. While I perceive that, within the context of CS:GO, technique and anti-strat will not be the identical factor, techniques used to counter a selected opponent based mostly on their play fashion (anti-strategy) is undeniably a technique in itself.
“Accordingly, I consider that what Mr. Petersen did was virtually the equal of an NFL head coach offering his workforce’s common playbook to an opposing workforce earlier than a recreation and there are not any circumstances through which that may be justified.”
ESIC compiled proof after in depth investigations, together with discussions with opposing workforce administration and an examination of the Google Drive contents.
The outcomes revealed that the shared technique materials was not accessed by the recipients, as such IEM Cologne 2021 wasn’t thought-about compromised from a aggressive integrity standpoint. ESIC additionally found that Petersen was within the technique of negotiating a profession transfer from HEROIC to the opposing workforce.
Then again, Petersen claimed that ESIC ‘selected to not hear [him] out’ previous to concluding the investigation on August twenty seventh. He additionally alleges that “the one factor ESIC has accomplished is to threaten [him] by saying that if [he] [chose] to enchantment the decision, [he] might be given a five-year ban as an alternative.”
ESIC denied has these claims, stating that Petersen is using techniques to keep away from public scrutiny.
Final month, HEROIC additionally posted an official statement asserting that every one its members determined to not compete with Petersen at IEM Cologne 2021 ‘resulting from extreme belief points’.
Moreover, HEROIC revealed that Petersen blocked the workforce’s entry to the workforce technique folder earlier than sharing the delicate data.
In 2020, Petersen additionally acquired a 12-month ban from ESIC, which was later lowered to eight months, resulting from his participation within the coach spectating bug scandal. He’s additionally underneath a 5 Main ban since January 2021 from Valve for a similar cause.
Esports Insider says: Sharing delicate workforce technique data has no place in aggressive esports. The belief between a workforce and its coach is crucial to do nicely in competitions and tournaments, and HEROIC’s disappointment is comprehensible. Hopefully, there might be fewer incidents like this sooner or later, seeing how significantly ESIC has handled this case.