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NiP releases Overwatch roster, cites Overwatch League uncertainty

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) became the latest esports organization to release their Overwatch roster.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) became the latest esports organization to release their Overwatch roster.

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) became the latest esports organization to release its Overwatch roster.

NiP announced the decision Wednesday citing “uncertainties in the scene,” as the reason, but the organization said it will re-evaluate the scene as more information comes from Blizzard. The roster for Ninjas in Pyjamas was an all-Finnish team comprised of Kalle “hymzi” Honkala, Joona “Fragi” Laine, Antti “kyynel” Kinnunen, Lauri “mafu” Rasi, Aleksi “Zuppehw” Kuntsi, and Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti.

“As time passed we have seen a growing amount of teams release their Overwatch lineups as they assess the future of the game as an esports title,” the statement read. “The scene has not evolved as expected with viewership being below expectations and Blizzard is yet to announce more details surrounding their upcoming Overwatch League.”

The lack of details surrounding Overwatch League has led to many teams getting rid of their rosters amid growing uncertainty. The growing number of disappearing Overwatch teams has been a worrying indicator for many fans of Overwatch and for those tentatively waiting for any announcement regarding Blizzard’s official Overwatch League. With little to no information being released from the developer about the future of the league, many brands have chosen to let go of its team and wait for more news.

Red Reserve, Splyce, compLexity, Rise Nation and Denial have all released their Overwatch rosters in recent months. Team SoloMid elected not to go forward with signing its team after picking the players for it. Ninjas in Pyjamas has added its name to the list of esports brands passing on Overwatch — at least for now.


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