Following Heroic's statement released earlier - you can see that on our app too - ESIC have confirmed that they co-operated with Heroic for the investigation into coach HUNDEN and him potentially sharing information with other teams.
They, however, confirmed that this had no effect on IEM Cologne - a sentiment echoed by Ulrich Schulze of ESL.
During this investigation, our conclusive findings were that while permissions to access a shared folder were sent out, the folder was not accessed by the recipient in any way. Consequently, there was no possible impact to the tournament integrity of IEM Cologne. 2/4
— Ulrich Schulze (@theflyingdj) July 29, 2021
They will continue to co-operate and provide necessary sanctions once the finale of the investigation has commenced.
ESIC Statement Regarding Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen
For immediate release
Due to the premature publication of an ongoing investigation by Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen, ESIC has decided to make a statement regarding the events related to Mr. Petersen’s statement in the public’s interest and to remove the need for speculation.
On Tuesday 6th July, ESIC received notification that Mr. Petersen had engaged in behaviour which could potentially be classified as a breach of ESIC’s Integrity Program, especially with respect to upcoming matches at IEM Cologne. Upon receiving this notification, ESIC commenced an investigation, reviewing the evidence then available and pursuing other investigative lines of enquiry.
ESIC promptly notified ESL ahead of IEM Cologne and ESL joined ESIC in cooperating with further investigative efforts to determine the impact of Mr. Petersen’s actions on the integrity of the tournament. ESIC’s preliminary findings were that, while Mr. Petersen 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 on the available evidence.
Since IEM Cologne, ESIC has continued to engage with the parties involved and impacted by Mr. Petersen’s actions and now awaits the evidence arising from the various seizures carried out under Danish legal processes by Heroic. ESIC’s aimis to establish, on balance of probabilities, who may have breached the ESIC Integrity Program and what, if any, sanctions may be appropriate.
As this matter is still ongoing and under investigation, ESIC will reserve further comment on the outcomes arrived at and any potential sanctions to be issued until the finalisation of the investigation.