Ninjas in Pyjamas released the contracts of its League of Legends players, making them all free agents, the organization announced Tuesday.
We have released our LoL-players from their contracts and they're now free agents. We'll be back with more information regarding the matter. pic.twitter.com/PbsiNKCoyT
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NiPGaming) October 17, 2017
NiP returned to the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) after disbanding in 2014 by purchasing the EU LCS spot from Fnatic Academy ahead of the summer split. NiP finished last in Group A and was eventually relegated to the Challenger Series.
The roster consisted of Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema, Kim “Nagne” Sang-moon, Hampus “sprattel” Abrahamsson, Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen, Martin “HeaQ” Kordma and Benjamin “Zhergoth” Sánchez. According to Riot Games’ global contract database, all the players’ contracts were set to expire next month except for Profit, who was signed through 2018.
NiP is set to compete in the Challenger Series next year, though it’s unclear what that will look like at this point. Although the North American LCS will operate a franchised system, the EU LCS has not yet announced its format. Riot Games reportedly considered splitting the EU LCS into four subregions across Europe before reportedly postponing those plans for at least a year. How any potential format changes would affect the Challenger Series is unclear.