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Ex-NiP roster will continue in Overwatch Contenders as Rest in Pyjamas

The ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch roster will continue to compete in Overwatch Contenders as Rest in Pyjamas.
The ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch roster will continue to compete in Overwatch Contenders as Rest in Pyjamas.

The ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch roster will continue to compete in Overwatch Contenders with no organization and a tongue-in-cheek name.

Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti announced Friday on Twitter the former NiP players will continue to compete in Overwatch Contenders under the name Rest in Pyjamas. NiP released the players on Wednesday.

The roster of Rest in Pyjamas is comprised of zappis, Aleksi “Zuppehw” Kuntsi, Lauri “mafu” Rasi, Antti “kyynel” Kinnunen, Kalle “hymzi” Honkala, and Joona “Fragi” Laine. The team struggled to an 0-2-1 start through the first round of the Overwatch Contenders group stage, which resumes Saturday.

NiP said that a large part of the decision to let go of its Overwatch roster was because of “uncertainties in the scene” and a lack of information regarding Blizzard’s Overwatch League. The concern has mirrored by multiple teams before it, which led to organizations such as Splyce, compLexity, Red Reserve, Rise Nation and others getting rid of their rosters in a similar fashion.

Blizzard announced Overwatch Contenders last month as a possible development league for the larger Overwatch League. Although the results have no bearing as to what teams will qualify for the main league, the aim of the tournament is to create a stage for players and teams to get noticed by Blizzard and other prospective teams that could later compete.

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