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NIP Paladins return as NIP VALORANT

From World Champions to VALORANT debutants, our prominent Paladins squad rises once more to compete in the ambitious new tactical shooter from Riot Games as part of Ninjas in Pyjamas.  

With our Paladins team disbanding after ending on the highest of notes in late November last year, we are extremely pleased to see their return as we begin our journey in Riot Games’ VALORANT - a title that is already well on its way to becoming a heavy-weight contender in the world of first-person shooters.The core roster returns with one notable difference; Erik “Bird” Sjösten now takes on the role of head coach for his team. This means we are in the process of finding a fifth member to complete the line-up. 

VALORANT is undoubtedly one of the most exciting titles in recent years, and it’s been clear to us from the beginning that it’s a game we would like to be heavily involved in. Riot have some great ideas on how to evolve the community and esports specifically, and we’re very excited to have an integral part in shaping that with them.

Jonas Gundersen, COO of NiP


We are extremely excited for the chance to continue as a team in Riot’s new title VALORANT under the NiP banner. With our previous experience and success we are looking to enter the game at the highest level and start our grind from day one. While I personally will be taking a step away from a player position, I will instead continue to support the team from an overhead view.

Our success in Paladins derived from a team-first perspective and we intend to keep it that way. We made the decision to transition to VALORANT as a team in order to keep our synergy and put the focus on learning the game itself as efficiently as possible. This means loads of grinding and hopefully tons of content to share with you guys at home! We hope that you are as excited as we are and continue to follow our journey into VALORANT.

Erik “Bird” Sjösten, head coach of NiP.VALORANT


Malkolm “bonkar” RenchDylan "DiGeDoG" ChainskiLeander “isbittenner” AspestrandAleks "Alex" Suchev

Head Coach

Erik “Bird” Sjösten


Jonas Gundersen continues:

"Assembling a roster in a newly released game is an exciting challenge. You never quite know how the game will play out and have to make some educated guesses as to what skillset translates best into high performance in a game like VALORANT. So with that, re-signing our old Paladins roster is one of the greatest things I could imagine. They are two-time World Championship winners, have experience in MOBAs and raw skill from FPS backgrounds paired up with perfect team synergy and chemistry. 

Their desire to work hard, learn fast and become the best in this new game is unrivaled from what I've seen in a long time. I have very high hopes for the future and for NiP as a leading organization within the VALORANT ecosystem.

Welcome back, Ninjas - you were sorely missed.

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