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Opinion

NiP leaves Overwatch for now

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

Ninjas in Pyjamas announced today that they have dropped their Overwatch team. I don’t think it’s a big deal that a lot of teams are leaving Overwatch given the current situation. As an org, you have to justify the value of a pickup whether that be in exposure, results or sponsorship. The entire Overwatch scene has been in gridlock since the announcement of Overwatch League last year and since then, everyone has just been waiting around wasting money in hopes that some word could get to them.

Now as to whether word ever got to them is something I don’t know. But either way, it doesn’t make much sense to keep players on salary when there are no events and stream numbers don’t justify it. While it would be cool to be on the ground floor of OWL, in the long run, it shouldn’t matter. As a team with a limited financial scope that hasn’t teamed up with a sports org yet, it makes sense to not waste money but also look for new opportunities when you can properly evaluate what you can get out of Overwatch.

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