Ninjas in Pyjamas

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Ninjas in Pyjamas
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Short name NiP
  • 2000
  • 2012 (reform)
Based in Stockholm
Location Sweden
Owner Hicham Chahine (CEO)
Manager Emil Christensen
Partners Betway, Asus ROG, FACEIT, Netgear,, Panasonic Lumix

Ninjas in Pyjamas (abbreviated as NiP) is a professional esports organisation based in Sweden that are best known for their Counter-Strike teams. In 2012, the team reformed with a Counter Strike: Global Offensive lineup upon the release of the game. The NiP CS:GO team is anchored by former Fnatic players Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Christopher "GeT RiGhT" Alesund. Aside from Counter-Strike, the organisation has teams in Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, League of Legends, Fortnite Battle Royale, Paladins, and formerly in Overwatch.


Ninjas in Pyjamas
Nicknames NiP
Sport Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Founded 2000
Folded 2007
Head coach Faruk "Pita" Pita
Manager Emil Christensen
General manager Johan Wältare
Local media ESL, Dreamhack

Ninjas in Pyjamas were formed in June 2000.[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 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,[2][3][4][5] and every CPL event that year.

Feeling they could secure a larger share of sponsorship money, the team left SK in early 2005.[6] 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 November 13, 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.[7] The cited reason was disappointment over recent performances, as the team had failed to qualify for both The International 2015 and Frankfurt Major.[8] 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.[9]


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

ID Name Join date
Sweden f0rest Patrik Lindberg 2012-08-10 [10]
Sweden GeT RiGhT Christopher Alesund
Sweden REZ Fredrik Sterner 2017-06-12 [11]
Sweden dennis Dennis Edman 2018-02-13 [12]
Sweden Lekr0 Jonas Olofsson 2018-06-05 [13]
Sweden pita (coach) Faruk Pita 2018-02-01 [14]

Dota 2[edit]

ID Name Join date
Denmark Ace Marcus Hoelgaard 2018-09-17[15]
Germany Fata Adrian Trinks
Israel 33 Neta Shapira
Republic of Macedonia Saksa Martin Sazdov
United States ppd Peter Dager

Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

ID Name Join date
Brazil Kamikaze João Gomes 2018-06-11 [16]
Brazil Psycho Gustavo Rigal
Brazil Pzd Pedro Dutra
Brazil Wag Wagner Alfaro
Brazil Julio Julio Giacomell
Brazil Absurdo (manager) Andre Cardoso

League of Legends[edit]

ID Name Join date
Denmark Doxy Rafael Adl Zarabi 2018-06-03 [17]
Denmark Maxi Magnus Kristensen
Sweden Larssen Emil Larsson
Sweden XDSMILEY Ludvig Granquist
Finland Hiiva Aleksi Kaikkonen
Netherlands Raqo Max Temminck
Sweden Jed (Coach) Robin Jedhammar


ID Name Join date
Sweden Bird Erik Sjösten 2017-09 [18]
Sweden Bonkar Malkolm Rench
Australia DiGeDoG Dylan Chainski 2018-06-14
Sweden kowa Ted Hansson 2018-08-31 [19]
Bulgaria Kcruncy Kerim “Kcruncy” Kerimov


ID Name Join date
Republic of Ireland MiracU Justin McNally 2018-09-21[20]
Lithuania Gaxy Laurynas Rudys
United Kingdom vard Alex Gouge
Lithuania Nbs Laurynas Kisielius
Sweden dohfOs (Coach) Martin Lundén

Fortnite Battle Royale[edit]

ID Name Join date
Sweden Yung Anastasios Timpanidis 2018-07-26 [21]
Republic of Ireland Cringe Dean Lawrence
Denmark Xited Patrick Heiberg
Sweden Goofy Max Rosenlind
Netherlands Cookie (manager) Hennes Heijmans


  1. ^ [1] Archived April 14, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [2] Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "CYBERFIGHT.ORG / Coverages @". Archived from the original on April 27, 2006. Retrieved November 21, 2006.
  4. ^ "The CPL Pentium® 4 Processor Summer 2003 Championship - Review - UKTerrorist". Archived from the original on February 23, 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2006.
  5. ^ [3] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [4] Archived November 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "DOTA2 Announcement". Ninjas in Pyjamas. November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Fischer, Annabelle (November 13, 2015). "Ninjas in Pyjamas' Dota 2 team disbands". TheScore eSports. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "A new era is coming". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  10. ^ "NiP returns for CS:GO".
  11. ^ "friberg out of NiP — REZ joins". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  12. ^ "Announcement: Roster change Ninjas in Pyjamas : Ninjas in Pyjamas". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  13. ^ Petter Nilsson. "Lekr0 Arrives to Ninjas in Pyjamas!". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  14. ^ "Announcement NiP.CS: Coaching team changes and expansion : Ninjas in Pyjamas". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  15. ^ "A new era is coming". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Ninjas in Pyjamas acquires a team in Rainbow Six". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  17. ^ "We return to the Rift". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2018-06-03. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  18. ^ "Ninjas in Pyjamas Enters Paladins Premier League with WESA : Ninjas in Pyjamas". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  19. ^ "The Paladins Roster Gets Two New Members". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  20. ^ "NiP Welcomes A Brand New PUBG Squad". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  21. ^ "NiP signs a Fortnite Roster". Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
EMS One Katowice 2014
ESL One Cologne 2014 winner
Succeeded by
DreamHack Winter 2014