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CSGO pro Friberg explains why NiP CEO hate 'is unjustified'

by Kamil Malinowski

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg became the latest ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas player to give his opinion about the organization after it was accused of player mistreatment.

Friberg is a veteran Counter-Strike player who rose to fame with the legendary NiP squad that dominated the early days of CS:GO. He left the organization in 2017 and still plays at a high level, representing Heroic.

NiP was accused of player mistreatment in July 2019 by ex-player Robin ‘Fifflaren’ Johansson, and has since been a point of controversy in the CS:GO scene. Other professional players also accused the organization and an investigation was launched in August.

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Friberg played a key role in NiP's CS:GO squad.

After a period of silence from other NiP members, Friberg has come out to share his experience with the Swedish company. The ex-NiP player spoke about his experience with the team during a stream on September 4, giving fans a small rundown of how things went over the years.

He spoke in-depth about current CEO Hicham Chahine, telling his viewers: “When Hacham took over in 2016, NiP got a lot better. I don’t think the hate he’s getting is justified.”

“But then he found a loophole in my contract that meant he didn’t have to pay my prize winnings, and that hurt a lot” added Friberg. 

The player was hurt by Hicham’s actions but made it clear to viewers that even with that, it was better than before. He recalled 2014-2015 as the worst period, claiming “management wise and everything else, it was awful.”

Friberg then gave an example, saying that the management at the time used his brand for a "king of banana ice cream promotion" which he “didn’t see a penny from” and felt that they had ripped him off.

Later in the stream, the Swedish player gave his overall opinion of the organization, stating that “NiP wouldn’t be where they are without me and the rest of the CS:GO team. We built NiP to what it is today… and it felt like they didn’t care about me or what I had done for NiP at all. It felt like a huge punch in the stomach.”

He finished off by saying he had moved past it and that’s the reason he wasn’t keen to share his story. “I was young, I didn’t sign good contracts. It sucks, but I have to move on” said friberg, and he advised his fans to always pay attention to contracts.