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NiP planning return to League of Legends

Field Level Media
21 Feb 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

Ninjas in Pajamas are looking to re-enter professional League of Legends after they were relegated from the European League of Legends Championship Series in 2017 due to poor performance.

Jonas Gundersen, the organization's COO, made the announcement Thursday on Twitter.

"We're exploring an entry into @lolesports with @NiPGaming, and I am looking for the most passionate hungry Head Coach prospect, to help build something amazing with us," Gundersen said on Twitter.

NiP made its second try at professional League of Legends in 2017. However, the squad finished with a 2-11 record, and threatened with relegation, they faced off against FC Schalke 04 Esports and lost the deciding match.

NiP is one of the older organizations in esports, forming in 2000. Prominent League of Legends players such as Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg made their start with this Swedish group. But their relegation came just before franchising for the EU LCS. During this time, Ninjas in Pajamas competed in other esports, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Gundersen, a former CS:GO player, was named NiP's chief operating officer last month. Under his management, NiP also expanded to FIFA and signed Olle "Ollelito" Arbin as its first player.

Last month, Ollelito claimed the title at Stage 3 of the FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Champions Cup in Atlanta.

--Field Level Media

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