Patrik Lindberg

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Patrik Lindberg
f0rest
Status Active
Date of birth (1988-06-10) June 10, 1988 (age 26)
Hometown Upplands Väsby
Nationality Swedish
Current team Ninjas in Pyjamas
Games Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Professional career
2005-2006 Begrip Gaming
2006-2010 Fnatic
2010-2012 SK Gaming
2012-present Ninjas in Pyjamas

Patrik Lindberg (born June 6, 1988) is a Swedish professional gamer, who is known for his long-standing superior performance in the competitive Counter-Strike scene. Having played competitively since 2005, Lindberg, going by the pseudonym of "f0rest", has widely gained a reputation within the electronic sports scene as one of the best-performing Counter-Strike players in the world.[1] Lindberg is best known for his four years of tenure on the Fnatic roster, which he helped bring to prominence as the dominant team of 2009, during which year the team broke the record for the highest-earning team in Counter-Strike history.[2] Near the end of 2010, Lindberg left Fnatic and joined SK Gaming,[3] which he remained with until July of 2012.[4] Soon after, he transitioned over to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and joined the team Ninjas in Pyjamas.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Lindberg began his professional gaming career in early 2005, when he made his international debut at the global finals in South Korea for the World e-Sports Games, alongside the new Swedish team of Begrip Gaming. There, Begrip defeated all opponents, including the defending champions Catch-Gamers and won the prize pot of 50,000 USD.[6] Following this victory, Lindberg dropped out of high school to concentrate on his Counter-Strike career.[7] In 2005, Lindberg was nominated for the eSports Award 2005, under the categories for "Newcomer of the Year" and "Best Counter-Strike Player".[8] In early 2006, Lindberg left Begrip alongside his teammate Kristoffer Nordlund, (known also as "Tentpole), and signed a contract with Fnatic and became a permanent member of the team.[9]

Lindberg's first year in Fnatic proved to be successful, having the team earn upwards of 100,000 USD, which was acknowledged by Turtle Entertainment. During 2006, Fnatic won the Cyberathlete Professional League Championship, the World Tour, along with a silver medal at the Electronic Sports World Cup. Lindberg was once again nominated for the eSports Award and won the Counter-Strike Player of the Year Award.[10] However, Fnatic faced a major slump from 2007 through 2008, as the team failed to win any major tournaments and only achieved a handful of medals.[11] The team regained its form and chemistry in 2009, however, with the retirement of Oscar "Archi" Torgersen and Oscar "ins" Holm and the recruitment of Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Rasmus "GuX" Ståhl.[12] During 2009, Fnatic was the single most-dominant team, having garnered gold medal victories at the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge, European Finals and World Championship, ESWC 2009, e-Stars Seoul, KODE5 and World eSports Masters. In 2009, Lindberg was nominated for the eSports Award 2009, under the category of "Regional eSports Player of the Year Northern Europe", but lost to his teammate Alesund, who won the main category for eSports Player of the Year.[13]

Fnatic could not repeat its success from 2009 in the 2010 season, however, as the team found itself at odds with the Ukrainians from Natus Vincere- , with their winnings being upward of 220,000 USD.[14] Following this underwhelming year, Lindberg, along with his teammates Alesun and Ståhl, attempted to have Fnatic replace the team's in-game leader, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, as well as its captain, Harley "dsn" Örwall, with SK Gaming's Jimmy "allen" Allén and Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström. This was, however, not approved, so Lindberg and Alesund left Fnatic and joined SK Gaming.[15] Early 2011 proved to be slow for SK, as they failed to impress at their first event, IEM European Championship Finals, being unable to surpass the group stage, while Lindberg's previous team won the event themselves.[16] SK Gaming managed to regain their form, however, and finished as the second highest-earning team of 2011, behind the Polish team of ESC Gaming.[17]

On July 26, 2012, it was reported that SK Gaming had gone into a state of disarray, with the head coach, Anton Budak, resigning from the organization, along with Patrik Lindberg and his teammates Robert Dahlström and Christopher Alesund. According to Budak, this came as a result of SK refusing to send the players to GameGune 2012.[4] The following August, it was announced that Lindberg would be making a transition over to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, by joining the team Ninjas in Pyjamas, which included Alesund in its roster.[5] From the beginning of the competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene in 2012, Ninjas in Pyjamas became the single most dominant team, having won the vast majority of the tournaments they attended, as well as maintain an 87-map winning streak for a time. Ninjas in Pyjamas has maintained their dominance for the years of 2012 and 2013.[18]

Career achievements[edit]

Year Championship Team Winning Score Opponent Prize Money
2005 World e-Sports Games Grand Finals[6] Sweden Begrip Gaming 2-0 Norway Catch-Gamer $50,000.00
2006 Counter-Strike Champions League[19] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Germany Mousesports $10,000.00
2006 CPL World Tour[20] Sweden Fnatic 16-6 Sweden Speed-Link $10,000.00
2006 CPL Winter[21] Sweden Fnatic 2-1 Norway MeetYourMakers $30,000.00
2007 GameGune 2007[22] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Brazil Made in Brazil $12,000.00
2007 World e-Sports Games Seoul[23] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 China X7-Hacker $25,000.00
2007 NLG One[24] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Sweden SK Gaming $20,000.00
2007 Intel Extreme Masters Los Angeles[25] Sweden Fnatic 16-5 Sweden SK Gaming $25,000.00
2008 NLG One[26] Sweden Fnatic 3-2 Sweden Roccat $20,000.00
2008 Samsung Euro Championship 2008[27] Sweden Fnatic 2-1 Poland MeetYourMakers $19,700.00
2008 Intel Extreme Masters Montreal[28] Sweden Fnatic 2-1 Sweden SK Gaming $25,000.00
2009 Intel Extreme Masters Global Finals[29] Sweden Fnatic 16-13 Poland MeetYourMakers $50,000.00
2009 Electronic Sports World Cup 2009[30] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Sweden SK Gaming $20,000.00
2009 KODE5 Global Finals[31] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Sweden SK Gaming $25,000.00
2009 World e-Sports Games Seoul[32] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 South Korea WeMade FOX $12,000.00
2009 Intel Extreme Masters Dubai[33] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Sweden MeetYourMakers $10,000.00
2009 World e-Sports Masters[34] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Finland Power Gaming $22,500.00
2010 Arbalet Cup 2010[35] Sweden Fnatic 2-1 Ukraine Natus Vincere $15,000.00
2010 GameGune 2010[36] Sweden Fnatic 2-1 Poland Frag eXecutors $15,500.00
2010 Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai[37] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 China TyLoo.raw $14,000.00
2010 Komplett Gamer Challenge[38] Sweden Fnatic 2-0 Denmark Full-Gaming $19,400.00
2011 IOL FINAL4 2011[39] Sweden SK Gaming 2-0 Sweden Fnatic $8,000.00
2011 DreamHack Summer 2011[40] Sweden SK Gaming 2-0 Denmark mTw $9,600.00
2011 Intel Challenge Super Cup 8[41] Sweden SK Gaming 2-1 Russia Moscow Five $5,000.00
2011 GameGune 2011[42] Sweden SK Gaming 16-14 Sweden ESC Gaming $17,223.00
2011 Intel Extreme Masters New York[43] Sweden SK Gaming 2-0 Finland WinFakt $16,000.00
2011 Electronic Sports World Cup 2011[44] Sweden SK Gaming 2-0 Ukraine Natus Vincere $12,000.00
2012 Copenhagen Games 2012 Challenge[45] Sweden SK Gaming 16-13 Poland ESC Gaming $1,314.00
2012 Esport SM Stockholm[46] Sweden SK Gaming 2-1 Sweden Fnatic $1,314.00
2012 3rd Intel Core Challenge[47] Sweden SK Gaming 2-0 Sweden Fnatic $10,000.00
2012 SteelSeries GO[48] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Sweden BuggIT $4,546.00
2012 DreamHack Valencia 2012[49] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 France VeryGames $3,236.00
2012 Electronic Sports World Cup 2012[50] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 France VeryGames $10,000.00
2012 DreamHack Winter 2012[51] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 France VeryGames $22,600.00
2012 AMD Sapphire[52] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 France VeryGames $10,000.00
2012 THOR Open 2012[53] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Finland Curse $15,100.00
2012 NorthCon 2012[54] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Poland ESC Gaming $6,580.00
2013 ESL Major Series Winter 2012[55] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 France Imaginary Gaming $3,365.00
2013 Copenhagen Games 2013[56] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16-2 Denmark Western Wolves $21,156.00
2013 ESEA Invite Season 13 Finals[57] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 United States Denial eSports $17,500.00
2013 Svecup Västerås 2013[58] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Sweden Crave Gaming $4,500.00
2013 Swedish Championship 2013[59] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1 Sweden Epsilon $15,500.00
2013 Dreamhack Summer 2013[60] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Sweden Epsilon $10,800.00
2013 SLTV StarSeries VI[61] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 3-2 Ukraine Natus Vincere $6,000.00
2013 ESEA Season 14 Finals[62] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1 United States compLexity $20,000.00
2014 Copenhagen Games[63] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1 Poland Virtus.pro $19 370.00
2014 Dreamhack Summer 2014[64] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Ukraine Natus Vincere $10,000.00
2014 IronGaming[65] Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Ukraine Natus Vincere $10,000.00

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