ESEA Co-Founder Craig "Torbull" Levine has admitted to being "ashamed" of the whole incident involving mining Bitcoins.
ESEA chief Eric "lpkane" Thunberg stated it was a mere April Fools' joke that was later abandoned and that the code was released by accident. He vowed to give Premium users a month's subscription free of charge and to use the money that was raised in the prize pool for season 14.
However, that has done little to appease the users, who never consented to ESEA using their GPUs to mine bitcoins. Some people have even complained that their computers overheated and that they got numerous Blue Screens of Death error messages over the past days.
Levine has now taken to ESEA's forums to react to this whole scandal, revealing that he was in the dark about the Bitcoin miner.
"The first I learned about any of this was last night (on any scale)," he wrote. "I had no idea any of this was going on.
"Needless to say I am completely embarrassed, disgusted, and ashamed.
"For the past ten years, I've tried to do nothing more than to act honestly and be an upstanding leader in the gaming community and with some bad decisions by some trusted people it has been thrown out the window.
"I'm wrapping my mind around this whole thing and we'll release a formal response, but for the time being just know that this wasn't some ESEA / company wide scam.
"I'm committed to doing whatever possible to rebuild the trust we lost through this whole fiasco.
"It's a failure on my part to have the proper oversight to have prevented this from happening and it will be addressed.
"My primary concern at this point is community trust and how that was destroyed. We need to understand the situation, take the appropriate action with those responsible for it, ensure we have things in place to prevent this from happening, and address anyone who incurred physical damages.
"How we rebuild the trust of the community in the immediate aftermath and long term future is going to be a different discussion that we need to have as I walk through this all."