Ninjas in Pyjamas

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Ninjas in Pyjamas
Location Sweden
Founded 2000
Dissolution 2007
Manager(s) Sweden Emil Christensen
Sponsors Xtrfy Crucial Technology EIZO CKRAS Gunnar Optiks AKRACING BenQ
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
League of Legends

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) is a Swedish professional electronic sports organization known for their victories in the Counter-Strike scene. The team was considered to be the most successful and best of its time in the original version from their initiation in 2000 until their dissolution in 2007. In 2012, the team reformed with a Counter Strike: Global Offensive squad. Currently NiP has a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends squad.


Ninjas in Pyjamas was formed in June 2000, but solidified as a team in 2001 after several lineup and name changes.[1]

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 e-sports 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.[2]

Feeling they could secure a larger share of sponsorship money, the team left SK in early 2005.[3] Later in the year, some members returned to SK Gaming, forcing NiP to replace them.

Emil Christensen with Tommy 'Potti' Ingemarsson, Managing Directors Peter Hedlund and Victor Lindqvist reformed NiP as a Swedish stock company 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 10 August 2012, NiP announced their comeback by switching from Counter-Strike 1.6 to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.[citation needed] The roster, as of that date, consisted of Daniel "VoltAG3D" (formerly SK Gaming), Josh "Kebab" (formerly SK Gaming), Ryan "Modifi" Velez (formerly zTactic), Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson and Adam "friberg" Friberg, the last two players coming from the Counter-Strike: Source scene.

It is reported the players were unhappy with the play action from SK's side, as expressed in various interviews.[citation needed]

The Swedish-Danish team won all the tournaments and went down in history as the last dominant team in 1.6's history.[citation needed] The remaining players on fnatic are pronax, trace, karrigan and Friis.

The biggest sponsors were expected to be HeatoN's brand of computer 'Heat Gaming' and Anton Budak's 'Inferno Online'. HeatoN was once NiP's biggest star along with Anton Budak, who earlier expressed interest to house his own team in the Inferno Online.

On 1 May 2014, NiP announced that they had "parted ways" with their League Of Legends team. They mentioned that they hadn't closed the League of Legends division.[4]

On 8 May 2014, NiP announced a new League of Legends roster, consisting of Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin, Tri Tin “k0u” Lam, Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez.[5]

On 15 September 2014, NiP announced a new squad. NiP announces ✯MCLOVIN✯ (now know as VirUs), Turtle, and oblivious_GamEs to their lower ranks squad.

on 23 September 2014, NiP has removed NoTiceD and VirUs from their lower ranks team due to they live to far away from headquarters and VirUs because he was unreachable for his first live match. Recruits and tryouts are now open.

On 3 November 2014, NiP's CS:GO squad member Fifflaren announced his retirement from the professional CS:GO scene.[6]

On 4 November 2014, Mikail "Maikelele" Bill joins NiP [7]

Current Roster[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

  • Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
  • Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg
  • Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström
  • Sweden Mikail "Maikelele" Bill



Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

  • 1st ESL Cologne 2014[10]
  • 1st SteelSeries GO, 2012[11]
  • 1st DreamHack Valencia, 2012[12]
  • 1st ESWC, 2012[13]
  • 1st DreamHack Winter, 2012[14]
  • 1st AMD Sapphire, 2012[15]
  • 1st THOR Open, 2012[16]
  • 1st NorthCon, 2012[17]
  • 1st Mad Catz CS:GO Invitational, 2013[18]
  • 1st TECHLABS Cup, 2013[19]
  • 1st Copenhagen Games, 2013[20]
  • 2nd SLTV StarSeries V finals, 2013[21]
  • 1st RaidCall EMS One Spring 2013 Finals, 2013[22]
  • 1st ESEA Invite Season 13 Finals, 2013[23]
  • 1st Svecup Västerås, 2013[24]
  • 1st Swedish Championship, 2013[25]
  • 1st DreamHack Summer, 2013[26]
  • 1st SLTV StarSeries VI finals, 2013[27]
  • 1st ESEA Invite Season 14 Finals, 2013[28]
  • 1st DreamHack Bucharest, 2013[29]
  • 3rd SLTV Starseries VII Finals, 2013[30]
  • 2nd RC EMS One Fall Finals, 2013 [31]
  • 2nd Dreamhack Winter, 2013[32]
  • 1st Fragbite Masters 2013 [33]
  • 2nd EMS One Katowice 2014
  • 1st Copenhagen Games 2014[34]
  • 2nd SLTV StarSeries IX [35]
  • 1st Mikz Challenge [36]
  • 1st DreamHack Summer 2014 [37]
  • 5th-6th ESEA Invite S16 Global Finals [38]
  • 1st IronGaming RTX 2014
  • 6-8th Gfinity3 LAN 2014 [39]
  • 2nd Dreamhack Winter 2014 [40]

League Of Legends[edit]

  • 1st Copenhagen Games 2014
  • 1st DreamHack Summer 2014

NiP's record in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Until the 5th of April 2013, NiP remained undefeated at LAN throughout Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. They lost against 2-0 (16-14 16-10), which ended a winning streak lasting eight months.

Their LAN record as of 6 July 2013 (maps): 420 wins - 0 draw - 12 defeats

Their LAN record as of 6 July 2013 (matches): 87+ wins - 0 draw - 9 defeats


NiP played against many professional teams throughout all these tournaments. Here is a quick list of the teams they played the most, and their head to head :

Russia[edit] (AdreN, Dosia, kucher, Fox, ANGE1) is the first team to beat NiP on LAN, stopping their winning streak on 5 April 2013 during the SLTV Starseries V finals. They lost to NiP at Copenhagen Games 2013 and TECHLABS 2013.

LAN Sweden NiP Russia
Finals 1 2
Matches 3 2
Maps 4 4
Rounds 117 113


The French team Titan reached the finals of CS:GO in 2012, four times in a row, three of them on a major event. NiP beat them in all these finals, and won all of them.[12][13][14][15] NiP beat them again at Copenhagen Games 2013 in the quarter finals of the upper bracket.

LAN SwedenNiP France Titan
Finals 4 5
Matches 7 2
Maps 14 6

PolandESC Gaming[edit]

ESC Gaming (ESC) was one of the best CS:GO teams in 2012, winning the only LAN international event that NiP couldn't attend[41] and reaching one major LAN final, which they lost to NiP.[17] They also reached a LAN major semi-final in 2013, where NiP beat them again and took the title.[18][42] ESC are sent down to the lower bracket by NiP in the SLTV Starseries V finals in Kiev.

LAN SwedenNiP Poland ESC
Finals 1 0
Matches 5 0
Maps 8 0
Rounds 128 66


  1. ^ CS history: NiP, The E-Sport Entertainment Association
  2. ^ As SK.SWE, NiP won €5,000 in Cannes, another €5,000 at Copenhagen, $60,000 at the summer championships, $30,000 at the winter championships, and every CPL event that year.
  3. ^ HeatoN speaks out on NiP, SK Departure
  4. ^ NiP parts ways with its League of Legends Team
  5. ^ NiP announces the new League of Legends lineup
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  8. ^ a b c d e NiP, the clan who shaped Counter-Strike
  9. ^ "News : WCG - The finals". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  10. ^ "News: NiP win ESL One Cologne 2014". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  11. ^ "News: NiP triumph at SteelSeries GO". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  12. ^ a b "News: NiP over VG to win DH Valencia". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  13. ^ a b "News: Fifflaren: "I am speechless"". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  14. ^ a b "News: NiP triumph at DHW over VeryGames". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  15. ^ a b "News: NiP over VG 2-0, wins AMD Sapphire". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  16. ^ "News: NiP wins THOR Open 2012". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  17. ^ a b "News: NiP see off ESC to win NorthCon". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  18. ^ a b "News: NiP wins Mad Catz CS:GO Invitational". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  19. ^ "News: NiP see off to win TECHLABS". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  20. ^ "News: NiP win Copenhagen Games 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  21. ^ "News: Virtus over NiP to win SLTV Finals". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  22. ^ "News: NiP win RaidCall EMS One Finals". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  23. ^ "News: NiP see off Quantic to win ESEA Finals". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  24. ^ "News: NiP win Svecup Västerås". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  25. ^ "News: NiP win Swedish Championship 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  26. ^ "News: NiP win DreamHack Summer 2013". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  27. ^ "News: NiP hold off Na`Vi to win StarSeries VI". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  28. ^ "News: NiP beat coL 2-1 to win ESEA Finals". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  29. ^ "News: NiP win DH Bucharest over LD". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  30. ^ "News: VeryGames win StarSeries VII". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  31. ^ "News: VG over NiP to win RC EMS One Finals". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  32. ^ "News: fnatic win DreamHack Winter 2013". 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
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  34. ^ "News: NiP wins Copenhagen Games 2014 over Virtus Pro". Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  35. ^ "News: NA`Vi beat NiP to win starseries ix". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  36. ^ "News: NiP beat dignitas; win Mikz Challenge". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
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  41. ^ "News: ESC Gaming win SLTV StarSeries IV". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  42. ^ "News: NiP to grand final after ESC scare". 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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