Introduction / Team Overview
Ninjas in Pyjamas is an iconic name in the world of esports. Originally founded in 2000 in Sweden, the team competed in Counter Strike 1.6 events before dissolving in 2007. They were reformed in 2012, and have since become one of the real powerhouse teams of the CSGO scene. The reformed team won their first CSGO victory in the Go4CS:GO Cup #6 in 2012, a year when they also won their first LAN event, the DreamHack Valencia 2012. Despite these early successes for the reformed Ninjas in Pyjamas CSGO team, they would go through a couple of dips in terms of success, in 2014 and 2015, before making something of a comeback over the last two years. With an entirely Swedish roster of players, NiP will be looking to capture more glory over the coming years, and reclaim their place at the very top of the CSGO standings.
Highlights / Strengths
The real strength of the Ninjas in Pyjamas CSGO team is their history, and record of tangible success. They have set records for winning streaks, including a record setting streak of 87-0 in LAN tournament map wins that ran from 2012 September to 2013 April. They also placed top four and above consecutively, since their reformation, for every single LAN tournament they attended until the ESEA Invite Season 16 Global Finals in 2014. Prior to the ESL Cologne 2015, NiP made five straight CSGO major finals.
The team also has a fun ethos, backed up by a quirky sense of humour. Their military style communications in the warm up phase of games are often very funny indeed, and they have livened up the action in games by crabwalking and buying negevs, something which is the focus of much bemused and amused discussion on Reddit.
Branding / Sponsorship / Logo
The Ninjas in Pyjamas logo is a futuristic design based on a ninja throwing star, a reflection of their quirky humour combined with their deadly will to win. As might be expected from such an iconic name, they have some serious sponsorships in place. NiP count Twitch as one of their partners, as well as mainstream bookmaker Betway, and gamer centred companies such as Kinguin and Republic of Gamers. They even have an official energy drink for the team, in the shape of Nocco.
Players can buy team branded products from the website, including a replica team jersey, and other items of clothing. Fans can also download an official team wallpaper for their devices, choosing from a large range of in-house styles.
Team Roles / Expertise / Divisions
Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg has a reputation as one of NiP’s strongest players. The Swedish star can perform any number of roles in the team, from holding a site to opening one up, and can operate any weapon, from rifles to APGs. Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund is the team captain, and another famous face on the team. He won eSport Player of the Year in 2009.
Roster & Achievements
Other players on the team include William ‘draken’ Sundin, Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg and Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström. The team coach is Bjorn Peters, also known as ‘THREAT’. With the kind of quality they have in their team, fans can certainly look forward to the team recapturing some of its glory days again soon, and perhaps replicating their 2016 tournament victories at the Intel Extreme Masters XI – Oakland, the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2, and the DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016.