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Ninjas in Pyjamas

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Short name  NiP
Location  Sweden
Founded  2000 2012 (reform)
Manager  Emil Christensen
Divisions  Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Dota 2
Colors  Dark brown, Burnt sienna, Beaver

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) is a professional esports organization from Sweden that is best known for their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. NiP's Counter-Strike enjoyed its greatest success from their initiation in 2000 until their dissolution in 2007. One of the star players on the team was Emil "HeatoN" Christiansen, who later became the organization's manager. 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. NiP previously had a League of Legends team that competed in the League of Legends Championship Series Europe during the Summer 2013 split. NiP also have teams in Overwatch and Dota 2.



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

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, and every CPL event that year.

Feeling they could secure a larger share of sponsorship money, the team left SK in early 2005. 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 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 3, 2015 Richard Lewis wrote an article on claiming that Ninjas in Pyjamas allegedly ows its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division a significant amount of prize money from previous tournaments. Since this was released, the organisation has received a massive backlash from the community who are trying to support the players, and put pressure on the organisation to both tell the truth and give the players their earned winnings. Ninjas in Pyjamas quickly released a statement which states that the claims made by Richard Lewis are false, simply dismissing them and saying that their players are being paid properly. Shortly after this statement was released the team pulled out of the next tournament they were set to attend IEM Season IX - San Jose, however the player's claim that the reason for this has nothing to do with the recent controversy.

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. The cited reason was disappointment over recent performances, as the team had failed to qualify for both The International 2015 and Frankfurt Major 2015. However, as of January 2017, NiP have once again entered the Dota 2 scene, this time with a new roster.


  • 1st CPL Dallas, 2000
  • 1st CPL London, 2001
  • 1st CPL Berlin, 2001
  • 1st CPL World, 2001
  • 10th CPL china 2004
  • 2nd World Cyber Games 2006
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Bold denotes a CS:GO Major


  • 1st SteelSeries GO, 2012
  • 1st DreamHack Valencia, 2012
  • 1st ESWC, 2012
  • 1st DreamHack Winter, 2012
  • 1st AMD Sapphire, 2012
  • 1st THOR Open, 2012
  • 1st NorthCon, 2012
  • 2013

  • 1st Mad Catz CS:GO Invitational, 2013
  • 1st TECHLABS Cup, 2013
  • 1st Copenhagen Games, 2013
  • 2nd SLTV StarSeries V finals, 2013
  • 1st RaidCall EMS One Spring 2013 Finals, 2013
  • 1st ESEA Invite Season 13 Finals, 2013
  • 1st Svecup Västerås, 2013
  • 1st Swedish Championship, 2013
  • 1st DreamHack Summer, 2013
  • 1st SLTV StarSeries VI finals, 2013
  • 1st ESEA Invite Season 14 Finals, 2013
  • 1st DreamHack Bucharest, 2013
  • 3rd SLTV Starseries VII Finals, 2013
  • 2nd RC EMS One Fall Finals, 2013
  • 2nd Dreamhack Winter 2013
  • 1st Fragbite Masters 2013
  • 2014

  • 2nd EMS One Katowice 2014
  • 1st Copenhagen Games 2014
  • 2nd SLTV StarSeries IX
  • 1st Mikz Challenge, 2014
  • 1st DreamHack Summer, 2014
  • 5th-6th ESEA Invite S16 Global Finals, 2014
  • 1st IronGaming RTX, 2014
  • 6th-8th Gfinity 3 LAN, 2014
  • 1st ESL One Cologne 2014
  • 2nd DreamHack Winter 2014
  • 2015

  • 2nd MLG X Games Aspen, 2015
  • 1st ASUS ROG Winter, 2015
  • 2nd ESL One Katowice 2015
  • 2nd Gfinity Spring Masters 1, 2015
  • 2nd SLTV StarSeries XII Finals, 2015
  • 3rd CS:GO Championship Series, 2015
  • 2nd FACEIT League 2015 Stage 1 Finals, 2015
  • 5th-6th Gfinity Spring Masters 2, 2015
  • 3rd-4th DreamHack Summer 2015
  • 1st ESPORT-SM CS:GO, 2015
  • 2nd Gfinity Summer Masters I, 2015
  • 5th-8th ESWC CS:GO, 2015
  • 5th-6th FACEIT League 2015 Stage 2, 2015
  • 5th-8th ESL One Cologne 2015
  • 3rd-4th DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015
  • 2nd Fragbite Masters Season 5, 2015
  • 2016

  • 5th-8th MLG Columbus 2016
  • 1st DreamHack Masters Malmö, 2016
  • 3rd-4th ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, 2016
  • 2nd DreamHack Summer 2016
  • 7th-8th Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals, 2016
  • 9th-12th ESL One Cologne 2016
  • 5th-8th ELEAGUE Season 1, 2016
  • 1st SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, 2016
  • 7th-8th EPICENTER: Moscow, 2016
  • 3rd-4th ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, 2016
  • 1st IEM Oakland, 2016
  • 12th-14th ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier
  • 2017

  • 5th-8th DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, 2017
  • League of Legends

  • 1st Copenhagen Games 2014
  • 1st DreamHack Summer 2014
  • Dota 2

  • 7th-8th i-League Season 2, 2015
  • 3rd Star Ladder Star Series Season 11, 2015
  • 1st Alienware Area 51 Dota 2, Cup 2015
  • 3rd-4th Esportal Invitational 2, 2015
  • 1st Esportal Invitational 3, 2015
  • 1st Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament, 2015
  • 1st ESPORT-SM DOTA 2, 2015
  • References

    Ninjas in Pyjamas Wikipedia

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