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CS:GO: Ninjas in Pyjamas announce return of former star

Published: 11/Mar/2019 11:48 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:17

by Connor Bennett

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Ninjas in Pyjamas have announced a change to their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster – with the temporary return of former star William ‘draken’ Sundin as Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman takes a step away from the game.

NiP currently have a packed schedule ahead of them with three premier events just around the corner. Following a sixth-place finish at the IEM Katowice Major, the Ninjas accepted an invite to the WESG Global Finals before changing course and withdrawing from the lucrative competition.

The team announced on March 11 that dennis would be stepping away from competitive play due to energy fatigue and will undergo a medical examination  – meaning they will need a temporary stand-in for dennis. 

Dreamhackdraken will be returning to the NiP starting line-up.

Former NiP member William ‘draken’ Sundin has been announced as the player who will step up and take his place in the starting line-up on a temporary basis until dennis is ready to return to action. 

Draken formerly played for the team, having represented them for 15 months between 2017 and 2018. During his stint, Draken helped the Ninjas to victories at both IEM Oakland and Dreamhack Valencia with dominant performances.

Since departing from NiP in June of 2018, draken has found himself on a number of different line-ups – looking to work his way back to the top of the Swedish scene. He joined Fnatic after his time with NiP, but that lasted less than four months before he headed to Red Reserve.

The AWPer had recently teamed up with Belgian star Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom on the orgless ‘Uruguay’ roster following the dissolving of the Red Reserve team. 

He tweeted his delight at returning to NiP, even if it is only temporary, once the team had announced the move. 

Just how long draken will stay with NiP remains to be seen as the team has yet to announce how long dennis will be sidelined for. 

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.