Ninjas in Pyjamas

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Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP) is a professional esports organisation based in Sweden that is best known for its Counter-Strike teams. In 2012, the team reformed with a Counter Strike: Global Offensive lineup upon the release of the game. Aside from Counter-Strike, the organisation has teams in Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, FIFA, Rocket League, and League of Legends. They formerly had teams in Fortnite Battle Royale, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Paladins.

Ninjas in Pyjamas
Short nameNIP
  • 2000
  • 2012 (reform)
Based inStockholm
ColoursNeon Yellow, Black, Grey, White, Sky Blue[1]
OwnerHicham Chahine (CEO)
General managerJonas Gundersen
PartnersBetway, Samsung Edit this at Wikidata

History Edit

Ninjas in Pyjamas were formed in June 2000.[2] Their biggest success was winning the 2001 Cyberathlete Professional League World Championships after an extremely close final with X3 (a forerunner to Team 3D). Ninjas in Pyjamas struggled to find a sponsor, and as a result, joined the prominent esports organization SK Gaming and were known by the names SK Scandinavia and later SK Sweden. At SK, they continued their success. The prize money from their tournament victories in 2003 totalled approximately US$170,000,[3][4][5][6] and every CPL event that year.

Feeling they could secure a larger share of sponsorship money, the team left SK in early 2005.[7] Later in the year, some members returned to SK Gaming, forcing NIP to replace them.

Emil Christensen with Tommy Ingemarsson, Managing Directors Peter Hedlund and Victor Lindqvist reformed NIP as a Swedish stock company[clarification needed] in 2005, due to problems with SK. NIP continued to participate in international tournaments, placing high in many events. They signed some of the biggest sponsorship deals in the scene at that time. The team received about 100,000 members on their website in Europe during their first two years and was also the first team outside of Asia to enter the Asian market. Within six months, they had about 90,000 members on their Asian website. The team was among the most outspoken opponents to the change from the original version of Counter-Strike to the newer Counter-Strike: Source.

On 13 November 2015, NIP's parted ways with its Dota 2 team, consisting of Elias 'Sealkid' Merta, Jonas 'Jonassomfan' Lindholm, Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu, Simon 'Handsken' Haag and Linus 'Limmp' Blomdin.[8] The cited reason was disappointment over recent performances, as the team had failed to qualify for both The International 2015 and Frankfurt Major.[9] Since then, NIP have had two Dota 2 teams, one formed in 2017 that disbanded later that year, as well as another formation in 2018.[10] Christopher "GeT RiGhT" Alesund, one of the original 2012 NIP roster, left after the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019, being replaced by Simon "twist" Eliasson, a former player for Fnatic, and leaving f0rest as the only remaining member of the original roster, until he left in 2020 to come back to the 2014 NIP roster on Dignitas.[11][12]

In July 2020, it was announced that NIP would be merging with Chinese esports organization Victory Five and enter the chinese League of Legends scene by participating in the League of Legends Pro League (LPL).[13] The merger was officially completed in January 2023, and Ninjas in Pyjamas debuted in LPL on January 15 2023 against Ultra Prime with Xiao-Bing "Invincible" Li as toplaner, Xiao-Long "XLB" Li as jungler, Wen-Xiang "Dream" Tan as midlaner, Qi-Shen "Photic" Ying as AD Carry and Xu-Zhuo "Zhuo" Wang as support.[14] For their first split in LPL, the team finished 13th out of 17 teams, with 5 wins and 11 loses.

Ninjas in Pyjamas started to compete on Valorant in April 2020 by re-signing their former Paladins 2019 world champions roster. [15] However, that first roster did not last long, and in July 2020 the organization announced a completely revamped roster made of former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros CREA, Fearoth, luckeRRR and Rhyme as well as former Overwatch pro HyP. [16] The organization did not meet a lot of success and over the course of the next two years, many players came and left. This led to the decision, on January 2022, to quit the european scene, and instead invest into a brazilian team. [17]

Unfortunately for the organization, the team failed to get into the Riot games partnership program in September 2022, thus leaving Ninjas in Pyjamas without a VCT spot.[18] Following this, NIP announced they would drop their male roster and instead compete in VCT Game Changers, Valorant's female scene. The first three players were announced in early January 2023 [19] and the roster was fully completed and announced as Ninjas in Pyjamas Lightning team in April 2023. [20]

Ninjas in Pyjamas won RLCS 2022-23 - Winter: South America Regional 3 - Winter Invitational[21]

Rosters Edit

Ninjas in Pyjamas rosters
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Handle Name Nationality
REZ Sterner, Fredrik Sweden
k0nfig Wienecke, Kristian Denmark
headtr1ck Valitov, Danyyl Ukraine
Brollan Brolin, Ludvig Sweden
hampus Poser, Hampus Sweden
es3tag (I) Hansen, Patrick Denmark
Rainbow Six Siege
Handle Name Nationality
Kamikaze Gomes, João Brazil
Psycho Rigal, Gustavo Brazil
julio Giacomelli, Julio Brazil
Muzi Moscatelli, Murilo Brazil
pino Fernandes, Gabriel Brazil
Valorant Lightning
Handle Name Nationality
OYKU Büyük, Öykü Turkey
Padge Thomas, Paige United Kingdom
Raina Sosobrado, Nelly Sweden
rezq Akçocuk, Eda Turkey
Thykuza Truong, Thy United States
Handle Name Nationality
Ollelito Arbin, Olle Sweden
League of Legends
Handle Name Nationality
Invincible Li, Xiao-Bing China
XLB Li, Xiao-Long China
Dream Tan, Wen-Xiang China
Photic Ying, Qi-Shen China
Zhuo Wang, Xu-Zhuo China

  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (L) On loan
  • (2W) Two-way player
  •   Substitute
  •   Injury / Illness

References Edit

  1. ^ "Brand". Ninjas in Pyjamas.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 14 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [2] Archived 15 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "CYBERFIGHT.ORG / Coverages @". Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2006.
  5. ^ "The CPL Pentium® 4 Processor Summer 2003 Championship - Review - UKTerrorist". Archived from the original on 23 February 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2006.
  6. ^ [3] Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [4] Archived 21 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "DOTA2 Announcement". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 13 November 2015. Archived from the original on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  9. ^ Fischer, Annabelle (13 November 2015). "Ninjas in Pyjamas' Dota 2 team disbands". TheScore eSports. Archived from the original on 16 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  10. ^ "A new era is coming". Archived from the original on 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  11. ^ "GeT_RiGhT steps down from NiP". Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  12. ^ "NiP unveil twist". Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  13. ^ Li, Pei (9 July 2021). "Esports powerhouse Ninjas in Pyjamas agrees to merge with Chinese team". reuters. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Ninjas in Pyjamas finally enter the LPL, finalizing ESV5 merger". 12 January 2023. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  15. ^ Hanes, Robert (8 April 2020). "Ninjas in Pyjamas World Championship Paladin Team will Convert to VALORANT". The Game Haus. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  16. ^ "Ninjas in Pyjamas announce full VALORANT roster". 14 July 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  17. ^ "How NIP want to conquer Valorant from Brazil". Dexerto. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  18. ^ "Riot Games reveals Valorant partners for international leagues". Dexerto. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  19. ^ Biazzi, Leonardo (3 January 2023). "NiP enters VALORANT Game Changers scene with European roster". Dot Esports. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  20. ^ Lyons, Ben (25 April 2023). "Ninjas in Pyjamas reveals its VCT Game Changers squad". Gamereactor UK. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  21. ^ "Ninjas in Pajamas won RLCS 2022-23 - Winter Invitational". Retrieved 27 February 2023.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by ESL One Cologne 2014 winner
Succeeded by
Preceded by Six Invitational winner
Succeeded by