Statement regarding ESIC’s ban of Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen
ESIC, the Esports Integrity Commission, today announced a two-year ban to Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen, former head coach of Heroic. See press release from ESIC: [https://esic.gg/sanction-outcome/esic-issues-2-year-ban-to-nicolai-hunden-petersen-for-breach-of-esic-code-of-conduct/]
The ban follows Heroic’s termination of Mr. Petersen’s contract due to the actionsdescribed ESIC’s release.
While Heroic regrets that the relationship with Mr. Petersen had to end this way, we felt that we had no choice but to react decisively.
We are pleased that ESIC agrees with us. ESIC makes it clear that Mr. Petersen’s actions were “unacceptable and would not be tolerated in traditional sport under any circumstances.” We also welcome ESICs comments on the importance of professional conduct as esports becomes increasingly important and popular.
This case was never only about Hunden letting his teammates down. It also raised a fundamental question: Should fans and the esports community be able to expect fair play from professional esports teams?
The answer from Heroic is yes, and we’re pleased that ESIC agrees.
We will not make further comments at this stage due to the sensitive nature of the case. The team will now focus on winning matches!