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Fifflaren calls for NiP CEO's resignation, leaks old messages

by Matt Porter

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Former CS:GO pro Robin ‘Fifflaren’ Johansson has called for current CEO Hicham Chahine to resign from his position in a new tweet released on July 25.

Fifflaren sent shockwaves around the CS:GO community on July 23, when he made a number of accusations against NiP, claiming that the organization withheld money from the players, made roster changes without consulting with the players, and included unfair clauses in contracts that would allow them to fire players at any time.

Since Fifflaren’s tell-all interview with Richard Lewis, a number of other players have shared their experiences with Ninjas in Pyjamas, with Mikail ‘Maikelele’ Bill, Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström, and Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg adding to the allegations.

YouTube: Fifflaren
YouTube: Fifflaren
Fifflaren accused NiP of mistreating their former players.

Current NiP CEO Hicham Chahine has since issued a statement that said the current management team have “dedicated all of (their) time and energy to recovering the organization from its mismanagement,“ and were working to “put lingering issues from the past right.”

Fifflaren has seemingly disputed these claims, releasing messages from 2016 that apparently show him asking Chahine for help because he has no money to pay his taxes, and was subsequently ignored by the NiP CEO.

“Do you want a screenshot from when I’m asking for help because I don’t have money to pay my taxes and you ignored me?” wrote the former NiP player on Twitter. “(I’m) sure it’s just one of many. Pay the players and resign.”

According to a translation from Twitter user Liiinusen, the messages from Fifflaren say that “taxes should be paid tomorrow,” and was unable to receive the money required to pay them from the organization as questions would be raised if he tried to explain why he transferred $10,000 from his US bank account to an out-of-country account.

He goes on to explain that he’s asked for a loan, but that his parents don’t have that kind of money, and was unsure of how to proceed. According to Fifflaren, he did not receive any response. 

NiP have refrained from commenting on any of the new allegations made by players, with Chahine simply tweeting that he was personally opening communication to any and all former players or employees who have any unresolved issues they would like to discuss.

With players like friberg commenting that there may be even more accusations made against NiP, it seems we are still yet to see the full picture in terms of what NiP may have done in the past.