Olivia R. September 6, 2020
mousesports coach Allan "Rejin" Petersen has been suspended for using a coaching bug while working for previous organizations.
The organization tweeted that Rejin had admitted to "knowing and using" the bug while with Tricked. While they couldn't find proof that Rejin used the coaching bug while on mousesports, they still decided to suspend him until the investigation has concluded.
"None of our players nor staff were aware of the past incidents. Even though we believe Allan has played fair ever since joining mouz and greatly regrets his past decisions, we decided to suspend him from all his duties in our team until a full investigation has been concluded," the organization tweeted.
mousesports noted that "competitive integrity" is one of their core values, which is why they will be cooperating with the Esports Integrity Commission during the investigation.
Rejin tweeted his own statement about the coaching bug. He admitted to using the bug while coaching Tricked in 2017 and 2018. He claimed he found the bug "by accident" but still takes full responsibility for using it during matches. In a Google Doc, Rejin also listed all of the tournaments where he'd used the bug.
"That’s also why I didn't come forward earlier, as I wanted all the facts straight and empty my bag. I do not wish to hide in the shadows. I regret it so much and wish I would have acted differently," Rejin wrote.
Rejin reiterated that he never used the coach spectating bug while coaching for mousesports.
"I will take my punishment and assume the consequences, only hoping that I can do my best to deserve a second chance in the future," Rejin said.
Rejin claims that he encountered the bug during ESL Road to Rio. Previously thinking it had been fixed, Rejin said he immediately told a tournament admin at the time. This, Rejin said, led to the coaching bug investigation going on today.
Veteran esports referee Michael Slowinski reported the coaching bug issue earlier this week. MIBR's Ricardo "dead" Sinigalia, Heroic's Nicolai "HUNDED" Petersen, Hard Legion Esports' Aleksandr "MechanoGun" Bogatiryev were all suspended by leagues for using the bug. Ninjas in Pyjamas' former coach Faruk Pita also admitted to using it.
The ESIC is continuing its coaching bug investigations, meaning more names might come out over the next few weeks. As they continue to analyze matches from 2016 to 2020, the ESIC urges anyone who has used the bug to come forward before September 13.