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.