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F0rest explains why he left Ninjas in Pyjamas CSGO

Published: 21/Jan/2020 22:14

by Dustin Steiner

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Patrick “f0rest” Lindberg has departed from the Ninjas in Pyjamas CS:GO lineup, the last man to do so from their original roster. With his departure, he rejoins former NiP teammates on the new Dignitas squad.

F0rest was the final remaining member of the original Ninjas in Pyjamas lineup, with many of the members of the roster joining up with Dignitas after bouncing around to several teams.

“I hope you will join me for one more time to fight for the top,” f0rest said, addressing his fans. “I wish [my old teammates] the best, you are all great guys with a lot of drive and talent! I had an amazing time with you guys.”

The Ninjas in Pyjamas lineup was one of the first to really cement themselves an era in the age of Valve majors, but they had some serious stumbling blocks after this which eventually caused the team to begin to look elsewhere.

F0rest spent his entire CS:GO career with NiP, during which time he racked up 32,153 kills, a 1.19 K/D ratio, and 76.3 damage per round. The move to Dignitas signifies his first move since he entered the game in 2012, and ends the longest standing period of any player with one team in Counter-Strike history.

For Dignitas, this move represents their most serious attempt at building a championship roster since they were purchased by the Philadelphia 76ers ownership group back in 2016.

FragbiteF0rest reunites with Get_Right and his other former NiP teammates.

“As a fan of Counter-Strike for nearly two decades, I’ve always viewed GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, friberg, f0rest and Fifflaren as the epitome of professionalism and competitiveness,” Dignitas’ Heather “Sapphire” Gorozzo recounted.

“From the U.S., to Brazil, to France to Australia, to Denmark among countless other places, I’ve witnessed first hand how adored and respected these players are across the globe,” she continued.  “When the opportunity came to bring these legends into our organization, I knew it was the best move for DIG, the perfect opportunity for the players to reunite under management that is deeply passionate about their careers and a pivotal moment for the CS:GO community.

“I see the same competitive and professional qualities in hallzerk that are in our legendary players, leaving me confident that we’re building a new dynasty.”

Back in Counter-Strike 1.6, f0rest played for a multitude of teams throughout the 2000s, including Fnatic and SK Gaming. He spent the longest period with the Fnatic roster for about five years.

Dignitas will have their work cut out for them over the next several months as they look to qualify for the upcoming ESL Major.

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BLAST Premier coming to BBC iPlayer to show CSGO on demand

Published: 19/Nov/2020 11:24

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike event series BLAST Premier will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Danish tournament organizers have partnered with the British broadcaster for their remaining three events, in which over £1.5m will be awarded to participating teams.

The events that fans can watch through the BBC are the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown on November 24-29, the BLAST Premier Fall Final on December 8-13, and the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19-24.

The action will still be available to watch on Twitch and YouTube for fans outside of the United Kingdom, or simply for those who prefer the traditional streaming platforms.

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NiKo debuted for G2 Esports at BLAST Premier Fall Series.

BLAST recently wrapped up their Premier Fall event, which featured 12 top teams battling for $150,000. OG, Team Vitality, and G2 Esports each received $25,000 and 1600 BLAST Premier points, while Natus Vincere, BIG, and Astralis earned $12,500 and 800 points — all of them, however, booked their spot in the Fall 2020 Finals.

Ninjas in Pyjamas, Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, and FURIA all performed underwhelmingly and will have to duke it out in the Fall Showdown. Only two of these sides will eventually find their way to the Fall Finals.

“The BBC is admired around the world for its standard of excellence, and its digital platforms provide the perfect destination for BLAST Premier’s fans based in the United Kingdom to watch the world’s best Counter-Strike players go head-to-head,” said Alexander Lewin, BLAST’s VP Distribution and Programming.

Over the course of 2020, presumably due to the absence of many major sporting events, BBC have embraced esports across their digital streaming platforms.

This year alone, they broadcasted the Rocket League European Spring Series, sim racing competition W Series Esports League, and League of Legends tournaments UKLC and NLC.

In previous years, the broadcasters have opted to pick up Gfinity’s Elite Series and Dota 2 major ESL One Birmingham.