It has been five years since we brought the most renowned brand in competitive gaming back to life. The return of Ninjas in Pyjamas to Counter-Strike with the lineup of friberg, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, Fifflaren and Xizt quickly became the most iconic lineup in esports history. By winning 87 official games in a row and the four man core making five consecutive major finals, the players manifested themselves as legends as they dominated one of the world's largest and most prestigious gaming titles.
Four years is a long time, but what a journey it has been! We have experienced extreme highs and lows, fighting as a team with support from our beloved fans and partners. As we continue our journey of building one of the largest and fastest growing esport teams, we have decided to do a change in the original four man core. Our change took longer than what a normal esports team would have done, but again, we are not a normal esports team. The ties between players, management and staff are extremely tight, we all consider each other as best friends and a true family.
Today, we announce the departure of Adam “friberg” Friberg from the active roster of Ninjas in Pyjamas. Adam has brought an extreme value to the team in terms of doing whatever it takes both in and out of game. He has been an excellent teammate and the pillar of positivity in the team since we first came together. We are forever grateful for what Adam has delivered during his time with us and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
To replace Adam, we have been in search of incredible talent, as we build the next generation of NiP players.
As a result of our search, we are happy to announce the addition of Fredrik ”REZ” Sterner to Ninjas in Pyjamas. Sterner has been on our radar for a period of time as his performances have not gone unnoticed by us nor the Counter Strike community. By combining experienced players with young talent, we begin our journey of building a team for the long run.
Hicham Chahine, CEO of Ninjas in Pyjamas has released the following statement:
”Coming into Ninjas in Pyjamas less than a year ago, my focus has been to lay a plan for the future. What has been achieved at NiP with such a long standing lineup is remarkable, and not the norm in esports from an organizational perspective. As we look forward, we are extremely happy to add our second up and coming player to the roster. We believe Fredrik ”REZ” Sterner will be an excellent fit for the Ninjas in Pyjamas family, and are excited to further develop him to perform at his full capacity. To Adam, thank you so much for everything.”.
Fredrik ”REZ” Sterner said the following about joining Ninjas in Pyjamas:
“I am extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to play for NiP. This is a dream for every player that is working their way into the top scene. Together with the NiP team, I strongly believe we’ll reach the top. Reuniting with draken is also something that I'm really looking forward to as he’s been a long time teammate and a close friend. I am stoked to continue my career together with him and the other guys at NiP”.