The Esports Integrity Fee (ESIC) has introduced that it has lifted the ban imposed on CS:GO coach Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen, who’s free to take part in member occasions once more.
The choice adopted an in-person assembly between the 2 events to debate the two-year ban with which HUNDEN was slapped in 2021 over a breach of ESIC’s integrity program.
Regardless of “disagreements on sure issues”, ESIC mentioned, the 2 events “recognised the significance of integrity to the thriving Esports trade.” It was agreed that HUNDEN will undertake “related coaching”, whereas ESIC will “overview its insurance policies and procedures to make sure they’re in keeping with good trade observe and match for objective”.
“The events will make no additional touch upon this matter,” ESIC famous.
HUNDEN was slapped with a two-year ban on August 27 2021 after ESIC discovered that the coach had leaked delicate data to a competitor forward of IEM Cologne with out the data of his then-team, Heroic. The title of the workforce was not revealed, however HUNDEN was on the time linked with a transfer to Astralis as Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen was getting into the ultimate six months of his contract with the organisation.
A forensic investigation decided that the recipient didn’t entry the fabric shared by HUNDEN. Nonetheless, ESIC decided that by merely leaking the knowledge, HUNDEN had created threats “to the integrity of an ESIC member occasion” and “to the repute of an ESIC member”, and had “threatened hurt to the repute and aggressive integrity of esports, and ESIC’s member ESL”.
Earlier than that ban, HUNDEN had served an eight-month suspension in one other case, associated to using the spectator bug. That ban, decreased from ten to eight months for his help with the investigation, expired in April 2021.
What now for HUNDEN?
Along with his ban now eliminated, HUNDEN is anticipated to return to teaching instantly. And he may lastly be a part of Astralis, who’re on the lookout for a brand new head coach after parting methods with Martin ‘hint’ Heldt in October.
In August 2022, Dexerto Editor-at-Massive Richard Lewis revealed that HUNDEN had “a working relationship” with Astralis throughout his ban. The Danish group instructed Dexerto that the coach interacted with the workforce regularly to create content material for strategic associate Purpose Lab.
On the time, Astralis additionally famous that they might leap on the likelihood to work with HUNDEN in a extra direct capability as soon as his ban expired. “Ought to we’ve got the necessity, we might not have any second ideas about providing him a place as an analyst or the like,” Astralis mentioned.