ESIC released a report about the allegations against the players of the CS:GO Heroic team, saying that they were aware of the bug that their coach Hunden, who also received a punishment from the board. According to this report, player Niko was found to be an accomplice and admitted his cheating after a recording of him, and coach Hunden was released as evidence.
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has made official its punishment for Nikolaj Kristensen Niko. The now ex-player of Heroic will be the only one from his previous organization sanctioned by the case of the “spectator bug.” We recall that HUNDEN, the team’s coach at that time, was the main protagonist in this case.
It was learned from the ESIC ruling that Niko admitted to knowing the traps used by his former coach. For this reason, he has been found guilty of violating the ESIC Code of Conduct (articles 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, cheating or attempting to cheat to win a match). Although the player himself has acknowledged that they received a voice recording of HUNDEN and Niko speaking on the subject, the player will be able to escape suspension.
Despite participating and knowing the consequences he would face if discovered, Niko still carried out but was not punished by ESIC. Instead, this guy will receive “severe public reprimand” for his actions. And if he continues to violate in the future, a heavy sentence will likely be a punishment penalty for this player. Niko will now have to meet face-to-face with the ESIC commissioner for 15 minutes a month for six consecutive months to ensure he understands and is compliant with ESIC’s integrity program.
The remaining members were also investigated and found that they did not violate any of the ESIC guidelines. Rounding out this list are Martin “stavn” Lund, Casper “cadiaN” Moller, Johannes “b0RUP” Borup and Rene “TeSeS” Madsen. During the investigation, ESIC could not find enough evidence to reasonably conclude that these members violated ESIC’s rules and participated in the massive fraud.
ESIC sanctions the player after a “tip” from the same Hunden
As we mentioned before, HUNDEN was the main suspended profile of the team. Still, the now-former coach said on a news portal that other players on the team were aware of this. These words alerted ESIC, which set to work to try to find new culprits.
However, “special circumstances” have spared Dane from suspension, as he suffers from ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.” ESIC was informed that this would have significantly impacted their ability to differentiate right from wrong, make decisions on their own, or communicate effectively.”
Even so, he will suffer as punishment for some individual education sessions by ESIC. If not, the company could suspend the player for a minimum of 30 days. After 18 months of comings and goings on this issue, ESIC has closed its investigation.” ESIC could not find sufficient evidence to reasonably conclude that these four players are guilty of any offense under the Integrity Program.”