Ninjas in Pyjamas

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Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ninjas in Pyjamas logo.svg
Short nameNiP
  • 2000
  • 2012 (reform)
Based inStockholm
OwnerHicham Chahine (CEO)
ManagerEmil Christensen
PartnersBetway, Asus ROG, FACEIT, Netgear,, Panasonic Lumix

Ninjas in Pyjamas (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 and Paladins. They formerly had teams in Fortnite Battle Royale, Overwatch and League of Legends.


Ninjas in Pyjamas
SportCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
Head coachFaruk "Pita" Pita
ManagerEmil Christensen
General managerJohan Wältare
Local mediaESL, 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]

Nat. ID Name Role Join date
Sweden f0rest Patrik Lindberg Rifler/AWPer August 10, 2012
Sweden GeT_RiGhT Christopher Alesund Rifler (Lurker) August 10, 2012
Sweden REZ Fredrik Sterner Rifler June 12, 2017[10]
Sweden Plopski Nicolas Gonzalez Zamora Rifler June 19, 2019
Sweden Lekr0 Jonas Olofsson Captain/AWPer June 5, 2018[11]
Sweden pita Faruk Pita Coach February 1, 2018[12]

Dota 2[edit]

Nat. ID Name Position Role Join date
Denmark Ace Marcus Hoelgaard 1 Carry September 17, 2018[13]
Germany Fata Adrian Trinks 2 Solo Middle/Offlaner September 17, 2018[13]
Israel 33 Neta Shapira 3 Offlaner/Support September 17, 2018[13]
North Macedonia Saksa Martin Sazdov 4 Support September 17, 2018[13]
United States ppd Peter Dager 5 Captain/Support September 17, 2018[13]

Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join date
Brazil Kamikaze João Gomes June 11, 2018[14]
Brazil Psycho Gustavo Rigal June 11, 2018[14]
Brazil julio Julio Giacomelli June 11, 2018[14]
Brazil pino Gabriel Fernandes November 10, 2018[15]
Brazil Muzi Murilo Muzi March 31, 2019[16]
Brazil Ar7hur (Coach) Arthur Schubert March 6, 2019[17]


Nat. ID Name Role Join date
United States Bird Erik Sjösten Support September 13, 2017[18]
Sweden Bonkar Malkolm Rench Tank September 13, 2017[18]
Australia DiGeDoG Dylan Chainski Tank June 14, 2018[19]
Norway isbittenner Ken Aspestrand Flex August 31, 2018[20]
Bulgaria Alex Alex Suchev Damage March 26, 2019


Nat. ID Name Role Join date
Republic of Ireland MiracU Justin McNally Support September 21, 2018[21]
Lithuania Gaxy Laurynas Rudys Entry Fragger September 21, 2018[21]
United Kingdom vard Alex Gouge Fragger September 21, 2018[21]
Lithuania Nbs Laurynas Kisielius Captain September 21, 2018[21]
Sweden dohfOs Martin Lundén Coach September 21, 2018[21]


  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. ^ "friberg out of NiP — REZ joins". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  11. ^ Petter Nilsson. "Lekr0 Arrives to Ninjas in Pyjamas!". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  12. ^ "Announcement NiP.CS: Coaching team changes and expansion : Ninjas in Pyjamas". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  13. ^ a b c d e "A new era is coming". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "Ninjas in Pyjamas acquires a team in Rainbow Six". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  15. ^ "Rainbow Six Squad acquires new player". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2018-11-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  16. ^ "The Rainbow Six division gets a new player". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  17. ^ "Our Rainbow Six Siege roster welcomes a new head coach". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  18. ^ a b "Ninjas in Pyjamas Enters Paladins Premier League with WESA : Ninjas in Pyjamas". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  19. ^ "Our Paladins team gets a new ninja". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  20. ^ "The Paladins Roster Gets Two New Members". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  21. ^ a b c d e "NiP Welcomes A Brand New PUBG Squad". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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