ESIC confirms ongoing investigation into HUNDEN claims
The esports watchdog says that preliminary findings suggest that the coach engaged in behaviour that could breach its Integrity Program.
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued a statement confirming that it is currently investigating claims that former Heroic coach Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen shared sensitive information with a competitor ahead of IEM Cologne without the knowledge of the team.
ESIC said that its preliminary findings indicate that, while HUNDEN "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."
The esports watchdog echoed the statement made earlier on Thursday by ESL's Senior Vice President of Product, Ulrich Schulze, who said that ESL's investigation had shown there had been "no possible impact to the tournament integrity of IEM Cologne". According to the tournament organiser, the contents of the folder shared by HUNDEN were "not accessed by the recipient".
ESIC added that it now awaits any further evidence that may arise from the various seizures that have been carried out before ruling whether there have been violations of its Integrity Program. The esports watchdog will not make any further comments about the matter until the investigation has been completed.
Heroic announced on Thursday that it had launched legal proceedings against HUNDEN following what it described as "a clear breach" of his contract. According to the Danish organisation, the coach "had shared confidential and sensitive information from our strategy folder with a key individual at a major competitor prior to the tournament [IEM Cologne]."
Heroic added that HUNDEN's contract was terminated and expressed shock over his actions, highlighting how they had supported the coach during the eight-month ban that he served for using the spectator bug. The 30-year-old was reinstated as coach on April 30 after moving into an analyst position following his suspension.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, HUNDEN claimed that the only material that he shared was "anti-strat material of opponents" in the context of sparring. The Danish coach, who did not attend IEM Cologne with the team, said that he has "the biggest respect for Heroic" and that he "would never want to harm the team or in any way affect them negatively."