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."

Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
He is innocent!!
2021-07-29 18:13
11 replies
#58
allu | 
Europe JUNlOR
#7 also no.
2021-07-29 18:58
8 replies
deleted xaxaxa
2021-07-29 20:28
7 replies
Imagine being heroic rn, putting yourself at fire to protect a cheating coach and then get cucked by him months ago. Heroic is in shambles like device
2021-07-29 20:31
3 replies
#108
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Lithuania Nowne
I think it is more likely move from Heroic after Hunden dicedied not to extend contract. IEM Cologne finished 2 weeks ago? Started 3-4? week ago... Heroic says that Hunden shered info before Cologne... wtf Heroic were goind 4 weeks? Why they did not anounce it stright away..... Very fishy from Heroic side. PPL aslo forgeting that Hunden was first who publicly posted about bug, admited that he used it. R.I.P. Heroic :D
2021-07-29 23:42
2 replies
Hunden refuses to extend contract so Heroic frame him so that Astralis wont sign him
2021-07-30 10:30
1 reply
Or heroic refuse to sign up and hunded decides to give information to an other team. Its happened before cologne btw. Why hunded didn't go ? Hunded tweet one day before heroic. He known that is coming.
2021-07-30 13:01
#99
allu | 
Europe JUNlOR
why was that glorious post removed? it was straight facts...
2021-07-29 21:46
2 replies
what did it say?
2021-07-29 23:01
1 reply
Hunden isn't the player innocent and then links to innocent and hunden's hltv profiles, it was a glorious comeback at #1.
2021-07-30 09:45
+1
2021-07-29 21:23
#124
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India rivervp
Hunden caught cheating again, Tours Cam.
2021-07-30 07:01
Meh, ESIC is a joke anyway.
2021-07-29 18:14
9 replies
#55
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
They dont even have to do anything to him, there is no fucking way HUNDEN is making it out of this with the same bs freedom he had from the coaching bug If Astralis actually sign him, if he ends up getting involved in an org at a higher level, if he even stays in this scene at all after all of this, if ESIC only rule on another temporary punishment, then CSGO as an esport at an organisation level is blatantly filled with scum
2021-07-29 18:53
8 replies
+1 there's literally no way he'll remain in the pro cs scene. the only reason he got out of the coach bug situation was because Heroic had his back and resigned him despite the shitstorm
2021-07-29 19:57
1 reply
#92
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
If its all true then anything short of him being permanently thrown out of the CS scene wont be satisfactory, but given how many orgs have gone out of their way to protect their coaches after scandals already, so as much as I think he's 100% done if its true, a little bit of me still thinks that there is some org that is braindead enough to protect him
2021-07-29 21:09
+1 imagine if it turns out it was Astralis that he shared information with xD Seems the most logical team to do it with aswell
2021-07-29 20:39
5 replies
#87
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
Tbh whatever team/org/coach accepted it should be banned as well, regardless of who it is, it should not be acceptable for a party to knowingly buy information from an opponents coach about themselves, and it should be punished just as hard
2021-07-29 20:45
4 replies
#88
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Spain capta1n
Agreed, if ESIC doesn't show real punishment here it will happen again in the future. If found guilty: punish hunden, punish the organization that received/bought the information and make sure they set an example for other individuals or groups to never try such things again. Our competitive integrity is at stake here.
2021-07-29 20:58
3 replies
#91
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
The thing is, competitive integrity left CSGO ages ago, theres a supposed 2nd wave of coaching bans that were never released, none of the NA matchfixers have been banned yet even though it was ages ago as well, there were numerous stream sniping incidents during online, very few people actually got properly punished for coach bug abusing, Twista was kept by ENCE and did some casting, F_IN is on Gambit, HUNDEN got kept by Heroic, etc etc This wouldnt be putting competitive integrity at risk, this would just be proving that CSGO as an esport has been rotting away for a long time internally because of everyone's inaction
2021-07-29 21:06
2 replies
Sad truth. Like you said it is not the first or second time, or even the third time/occasion that fuckups like happen and people get away with a soft punishment or no consequence at all, not to mention all scandals that never come to light, reminds me on war or drugs. I think as long as there is much cash and betting/gambling involved, we will continue to see cases like this over and over again =\
2021-07-30 01:56
1 reply
Yea, the more this happens and investigations just disappear, the more it feels like all these conspiracies about the entire pro scene at the top being so messed up exposing it would collapse it are plausable
2021-07-30 03:32
shady guy
2021-07-29 18:14
1 reply
this
2021-07-30 20:53
#5
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United States BombTaco
man HUNDEN can not catch a break
2021-07-29 18:14
2 replies
#59
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Lithuania Zen3ix
His own fault mens))
2021-07-29 18:58
1 reply
#60
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United States BombTaco
yup, I like the fire
2021-07-29 18:59
lol
2021-07-29 18:14
#8
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Europe Archasi
HUNDEN is over party
2021-07-29 18:14
cya HUNDEN no more cheating, perma ban inc....
2021-07-29 18:15
1 reply
+1
2021-07-29 22:08
RIP HUNDEN
2021-07-29 18:16
Hundens career finally ends ;)))))
2021-07-29 18:16
1 reply
FINALLY
2021-07-29 19:55
#14
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Maldives M4CK1NHO
Career's Dun den
2021-07-29 18:16
1 reply
#18
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Europe GKDNZ
PRISONTIMEDEN
2021-07-29 18:18
Perma that scumbag
2021-07-29 18:17
2 replies
honestly tho, he was one of the highest bans regarding the coaching bug and now sharing information and contract breaching? just give him perma so he can go fuck shit up somewhere else than csgo
2021-07-29 18:18
1 reply
Give him a perma so he goes to valorant
2021-07-29 19:37
imagine if they banned the rampant russian/brazilian matchfixers
2021-07-29 18:18
3 replies
no british matchfixers, cuz no british scene
2021-07-29 18:24
2 replies
k, useless reply
2021-07-30 09:26
1 reply
ur name doesnt check out
2021-07-30 12:15
what is he accused of? someone please in short
2021-07-29 18:19
2 replies
#34
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Singapore Lgmanix
Leaking heroics stats to another team I think
2021-07-29 18:27
1 reply
Well, one thing is being accused another is being proven guilty... First of all, how do we know that Heroic actually had legitimate ownership of the material. If Hunden created it, he might actually own it unless specifically stated otherwise in his employment contract. Secondly, we don't know the exact nature of the material. Was it just selected publically available demos or material that might otherwise already be in public domain? Even if it was material from Heroic, Hunden might actually have the authority to use it as he sees fit. What if his contract or Heroic contracts in general state that information can only be released by permission from the coach? In that case he could be allowed to share it. Finally, ESIC cannot prevent teams/coaches from sharing information. ESIC might be of another opinion, but they still have to follow national laws. In this case there is no rules in Denmark preventing Hunden from sharing material with other organizations or individuals, provided of course that he was not under an enforcable NDA.
2021-07-30 14:28
What ever happened to the akuma investigation?
2021-07-29 18:19
6 replies
#82
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Svahn
No evidence was akumaleted
2021-07-29 20:32
5 replies
#89
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Spain capta1n
i laughed a little to hard at this one
2021-07-29 20:59
axaxaxa n1
2021-07-29 21:35
+1
2021-07-29 22:09
+1
2021-07-29 23:07
#121
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Slovakia Daev0n
+1
2021-07-30 06:07
I will be surprised if he's career in cs will continue, not even talking about Astralis signing him
2021-07-29 18:20
zoneR > HUNDEN
2021-07-29 18:21
#26
OK | 
Brazil okemas
DOG HUNDEN
2021-07-29 18:23
2 replies
Nice google translate
2021-07-30 02:04
1 reply
Dog dog. I see..
2021-07-30 18:18
who the hell are these people? why does anyone care what they have to say? why do they have any power at all?
2021-07-29 18:23
5 replies
esic.gg/ They have deals with a majority of tournament coordinators
2021-07-29 18:27
he shared confidential information. that was stated not to be released. like a NDA you know.
2021-07-29 18:28
1 reply
One thing is being accused another is being proven guilty... In this case there is no rules in Denmark preventing Hunden from sharing material with other organizations or individuals, provided of course that he was not under an enforcable NDA. We don't know enough details to judge Hundens actions. We need to know if he was under an enforcable NDA, if the material was in the public domain or if his contract actually prohibeted his actions. That will be up for an investigation to determine and for a court to decide. Until then he is simply accused, but innocent until the court says otherwise.
2021-07-30 14:33
What do you mean, why? There’s watchdog organizations for literally everything that’s sanctioned competitively or legally. Sports, police, legal etc
2021-07-29 18:28
+1 Guilty until proven innocent with ESIC. Sad.
2021-07-29 18:28
zonic doesnt need this cheater's strats
2021-07-29 18:25
yeah ok esic cya in 18 months
2021-07-29 18:25
#31
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Russia mshkoda
Looks like 2nd ban for him, not far away he flew from previous. I want to know Hunden's answer on this)
2021-07-29 18:25
Ban forever in esports + few years in prison should be enough
2021-07-29 18:27
3 replies
23 hour lockdown in San Quentin is the only punishment suitable
2021-07-29 18:29
2 replies
Smart person from Peru Greetings to you from Indonesia
2021-07-29 18:33
1 reply
#154
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Indonesia tldr))
Hi my friend :)
2021-07-30 17:33
Cheating in Premier tournaments Now leaking sensitive information to other teams/players Just ban him for life.
2021-07-29 18:29
5 replies
Jamppi was playing some matchmakings with WH as a TEENAGER and he got VAC and RIP pro career HUNDEN cheated as a PRO PLAYER, in important tournament and just banned for short time xD Valve logic..
2021-07-29 18:34
4 replies
NIP played a match to the end cried afterwards. Got a second chance. Akuma played fair and won the match and got fucked Life isn't fair.
2021-07-29 18:40
2 replies
#48
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Sweden levymonsta
You really managed to get both your statements wrong lmfao NiP HAD to finish the match with severe packet loss, get your info straight. Everyone on the scene knows akuma is as legit as Jehovah’s witnesses
2021-07-29 18:49
1 reply
Fact atm in view of Akuma they are fucked. And NIP cried like a little bitch.
2021-07-29 19:09
When did he cheat as a pro player ? Are u stupid ?
2021-07-30 14:22
How can you just fck yourself over and over again…
2021-07-29 18:34
Cheater will be cheater
2021-07-29 18:36
typical esic announcement of: nothing
2021-07-29 18:36
#49
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Brazil Anarchybr
He just shared anti-strats with colleagues from other teams... the detail he forgot to mention is he was teaching steam to anti-strats Heroic XD
2021-07-29 18:47
#50
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Sweden Sullijam
the first ESIC ban was a sign since it was so long idk who will have respect for hunden if he loses in court
2021-07-29 18:48
sadge
2021-07-29 18:48
3 replies
Valorant meme detected!
2021-07-30 18:49
2 replies
valarante child game.... look to cartoon grapfix to make kid player happy like children show.. valarante cartoon world with rainbow unlike counter strike with dark corridorr and raelistic gun.. valarante like playhouse. valarant playor run from csgo fear of dark world and realism
2021-07-30 18:51
1 reply
Valorant shits on you and your opinions <3 :)
2021-07-31 12:24
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." So how wouldn't sharing anti-strats harm the team in any way? It's relatively minor, but clearly harmful.
2021-07-29 18:50
1 reply
If heroic team refuse him to go cologne, it is probably worse than you think. The team probably believes that he shares anti strats of his teammates.
2021-07-30 13:08
#54
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Greece lad3ma
zonic will stay at astralis for 1 year and dupreeh will go to NiP
2021-07-29 18:52
Just ban him and close this conversation.
2021-07-29 19:07
HUNDEN is done. He can take his dogs for walks as much as he wants now
2021-07-29 19:11
They seriously want to burry that guy
2021-07-29 19:12
#67
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United States Rayduh
He's in big trouble
2021-07-29 19:12
Shared it to Astralis.
2021-07-29 19:21
#69
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China HEIDASHUAi
F HUNDEN
2021-07-29 19:23
Xiter scum
2021-07-29 19:40
#72
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Germany azmq
Maybe talked to someone on Astralis, wanting to show his knowledge / skill to get hired? If so that’s dodgy but he may still be hired. If he actually shared info for money or something like that his career may well be over with this
2021-07-29 19:44
2 replies
You can't take material a company paid you to make and give it to another company to get hired. That's illegal. If they were interviewing him he can demonstrate his knowledge there.
2021-07-29 23:10
1 reply
Do you actually know what Hundens contract says? I don't and therefore he might not be under NDA. Furthermore, if the material was created by Hunden then it is possible that he might actually own it... Unless otherwise stated in his contract. As we don't know we have to await further information.
2021-07-30 14:14
what happens next: another punishement based on social media reaction gg ESIC
2021-07-29 19:55
The person he shared information with should also be brought into light otherwise this is just a witch hunt. Both parties involved took part in this scheme not just hunden. CSGO is a fucking laughing stock anymore.
2021-07-29 19:56
hunden not guilty ez
2021-07-29 20:18
Gl hunden
2021-07-29 20:19
just ban his ass already
2021-07-29 20:28
#83
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Portugal dracø
if he dodges a ban softly again then this scene is actually as dead as people say it is.
2021-07-29 20:33
#84
HUNDEN | 
Sweden piCt
Gotta give it to him though. He sure has his 1 day of fame today, owning hltv and twitter feeds like a boss. On a more serious note, this is probably the last straw for any org to have him a public figure. Maybe someone can take him as an analyst or smth, but for the most part - i think this is the flushing sound of his career swirling down the toilet.
2021-07-29 20:35
How surprising!
2021-07-29 20:39
everybody knew esics punishments for the spectator abuse from coaches was a little slap on the hand, these people just keep doing shady shit just perma ban every type of cheaters for fuck sake. none will miss them anyway and they will always make every game suspicious.
2021-07-29 21:03
1 reply
s1mple should be first out of the door IMO. I can't stand Spunj and other casters praising him to the skies, when they know he was caught cheating, but still became a shitton better after he claimed to have stopped cheating. You never ever hear them cast any doubts about s1mple and other "former" cheaters, even though the doubts are very well founded. They are so depending on reputation of the scene, that their spoken oppinion is completely worthless. They lose income if the scene loses rep, so they chose to be biased as fuck. Greedy fucks, trading truth for money.
2021-07-30 16:21
Results in 2025. Typical ESIC
2021-07-29 21:11
#94
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Heroic found out that Hunden would go to Astralis as a head coach and decided to ruin his career. Hope it wouldn't happen.
2021-07-29 21:21
ESIC sucks ass, honestly. If it didn't impact anything, what's the freaking fuss? Of course, Heroic has the right to handle it, but shut the fuck up ESIC, you suck.
2021-07-29 21:36
2 replies
Why do they suck!
2021-07-30 01:05
1 reply
#132
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Philippines rigged_cs
nearly every game now is a fucking matchfix dude, open your eyes... they still dont give a shit about it
2021-07-30 12:10
SHEEEEEESH
2021-07-29 22:06
Was it used tho
2021-07-30 01:06
#112
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Well that could end this man whole career right there tbh.
2021-07-30 01:40
2 replies
it's already over for hunden
2021-07-30 02:35
1 reply
#171
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Seems like, unless he proves that nothing like this happened, and chances are pretty much 0%.
2021-07-30 23:20
Just stop, hunden. For all of us
2021-07-30 02:51
Imagine clawing your way up to tier1 cs through many years of hard work just to throw it all out of the window by making shady decisions. I've had so much respect for hunden doing the years, but now he just seems pathetic.
2021-07-30 04:00
5 replies
He probably got plans ahead for his career and he will takes every single penny that he can get thru csgo for the last time. Seems like heroic itself isn’t going to win anything from now on, so he knew he’s going to be kicked
2021-07-30 05:59
2 replies
Okay?
2021-07-30 06:56
It's obvious that he sent some information to his supposedly future employer Astralis. Most likely directly to gla1ve who he has known for more than 10 years.
2021-07-30 16:15
He still did what he did. You can't wash away his work for the danish scene in general with a few relatively weak offenses (compared to actual software cheating and matchfixing.) Danish CS wouldn't be anywhere near what it is today without him.
2021-07-30 16:17
1 reply
Wouldn't agree to that. A lot of people on the Danish scene got the same knowledge as him, he just had to make it his bread and butter since he couldn't get anywhere near tier1 skills individually.
2021-07-30 17:15
Everyone jumping on the guilty bandwagon even before anything has been proven. What happen to innocent until proven guilty? Let time do it’s job.
2021-07-30 06:34
7 replies
He admitted sharing at least anti-strats himself even before Heroic's statement, so he's 100% guilty. It doesn't matter if the one he gave access to never opened that folder or that it didn't ruin Cologne's integrity. The deed is done.
2021-07-30 08:35
6 replies
I am quite sure he didn't share the actual anti-strats of Heroic, which you somehow brought it all down to. Btw, s1mple has done way worse, and everyone and their grandma forgave him? Imagine someone getting a shitton better after they claim to have stopped cheating?....yeah, right.
2021-07-30 16:13
2 replies
Well, English isn't my first language, so maybe I got something wrong from his tweet, but then I would be glad if you tell me what he meant. Edit: and I honestly don't understand why would you bring s1mple into this conversation. I know he scammed people and was banned for 2 years or something from all ESL tournaments for cheating or multi account or something like that when he was like 16 I believe. If you want to believe he still cheats be my guest, but it has nothing to do with Heroic trying to sue Hunden for what he did.
2021-07-30 20:53
1 reply
I can't understand why someone think that if you cheated before you reach a such high age, you should be forgiven. He was more than aware that he was not allowed to do it. I don't suddenly trust someone who lied to me, just because they tell me they are no longer lying. Anyway, it's all the works of various weak anti-cheats, and the fact that players are still allowed to use private gear is an open invitation to shady mindsets. The money has become too big within the scene to use financial reason for not using TO owned gear (picked by the players) Private gear = noone can be trusted to be clean from cheating.
2021-07-31 04:31
You do realize coaches constantly share material just like other sports do? Some stuff is confidential and some is not. I highly doubt he would share anything deemed confidential and if he did actually come out and admit it. I’ll bet anything the findings will say exactly that.
2021-07-30 19:12
2 replies
I mean, Heroic trying to sue the guy. And I highly doubt they would do that just for shit and giggles and because of some kind misunderstanding that they didn't worked out for like 3 weeks now.
2021-07-30 20:47
Also, there were scandals when ForZe, I believe, were recording demos of practice matches. So teams usually not ready to share tactics even with practice partners which leads me to believe that in CS everyone treats tactics as something you should only get when watching demos of official matches. I agree this is stupid and the level of the game would be higher if not for these things, but you know "when in Rome..."
2021-07-30 21:11
HUNDEN be like: Ahh shit! Here we go again.
2021-07-30 08:21
How about ESIC do something significant and ban matchfixers that are throwing games on a daily basis?
2021-07-30 08:25
#134
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Sweden Kasidro
Well he wanted to take the next step in his career. The next step will be to exit the csgo scene. bb you won't be missed
2021-07-30 12:27
2 replies
He will be missed, he has amazing tactical abilities, and absolute top tier personal coaching. Who do you think spotted the GOAT IGL when gla1ve was merely 14 years old?
2021-07-30 16:11
1 reply
#155
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Sweden Kasidro
Sure but he will be remembered as the guy who was caught cheating and once free being an absolute moron again
2021-07-30 17:42
What are the claims?
2021-07-30 12:40
esic = useless organisation
2021-07-30 12:44
#138
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India slavloli
Humans can't change, their neural pathways are set. Hunden will keep on being an immoral man forever. Whichever team hires him, will be bringing in trouble.
2021-07-30 12:47
2 replies
I hope you say the same about s1mple and other "former" cheaters, who actually made an effort to install software to his PC to cheat, unlike Hunden, who were bug abusing, which should be seen as a lesser offense, without a doubt.
2021-07-30 16:08
1 reply
#156
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India slavloli
Do you know how old Hunden is? Simple was 13 when he cheated lol Hunden's behaviour and nature is set like a stone
2021-07-30 17:49
Continually addressing unimportant issues while matchfixing is rampant
2021-07-30 15:28
It's becoming quite blatantly obvious that he took work he made for Heroic, and shared it with Zonic or Gla1ve from Astralis. I don't believe he shared Heroics own strats. Gla1ve and Zonic wouldn't appreciate that, which gives him no reason to do it. But still, if you share your work on your opponents to another team, it might somewhere give a hint about your own team, knowing the focus points of the work and such. I think this is what ESIC is looking into. I think he needs a partner, IE, a co-coach or alike. He is an amazing tactical talent, but has some shortcomings, and it would be a shame to see those ruin his career.
2021-07-30 16:07
Lets be realistic. Esic already told us that no harm was made. Whatever punishment will only happen in cort and only if it is somewhat proved that there was money. No punishment at all and ofc even if he did bad and sold info this is almost impossible to prove since the intention is a private thing and info is subjective, people talk to eachother in the scene everyday, how come talking (or showing strats) about other players or some plays be labeled as sensitive info and be a crime to share. There is no clear line crossed. He is innocent because we cannot prove otherwise. Heroic has its point of view, Hunden has his. Wherever the truth lies we might have to accept his "innocence" and hope for this kind of thing to never happen again in the future. We cannot punish a highly likely guilty person.
2021-07-30 18:46
RIP Hunden!
2021-07-30 20:46
#174
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Europe SPECNOR
Hunden Waste of Talent ...
2021-08-01 16:40
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