Former Ninjas in Pyjamas CS:GO players Mikail ‘Maikelele’ Bill, Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström, and Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg have reacted to Robin ‘Fifflaren’ Johansson’s accusations of player mistreatment by NiP.
In an interview with Richard Lewis, Fifflaren claimed that a large portion of the prize money earned during NiP’s 2012-13 run never made it back to the players, that management made roster moves without the consultation of the players, and that their contracts included clauses that stated the organization could fire them at any time.
Now, Maikelele, Xizt and friberg, who all represented NiP in the past, have opened up about their time with the team, and some of the experiences they had while under the umbrella of the Swedish organization.
In a tweet posted by Maikelele on July 24, the 28-year-old revealed that following the 2014 DreamHack Winter Major, a former NiP CEO informed him that he shouldn’t receive an equal share of the money made from the team’s CS:GO stickers due to his inexperience.
“I remember after attending DreamHack 2014 Major with NiP, the old CEO told me I shouldn’t get as much sticker money as the rest because I (was) the new boy,” wrote the Swede on Twitter. “Back then I accepted it because it was my first pro team, and felt like I didn’t have too much to say about it.”
I remember after attending Dreamhack 2014 major with NiP, the old CEO told me I shouldn't get as much stickers money as the rest because I'm the new boy. Back then I accepted it because it was my first pro team and felt like I didn't have to much to say about it.— Maikel Bill (@maikelele) July 23, 2019
Xizt gave fans an insight into his departure from the organization, leaving NiP in April 2018 after almost six years representing the team.
While the Swede chose not to reveal any specific details about the manner of his exit, he made it clear that it was not handled well, and stated that he wasn’t the only one who left the organization in a poor manner, before showing his support for Fifflaren.
Xizt tweeted: “Watching this just makes me sick. My departure - like almost everyone - wasn’t handled pretty either. Kudos to Fifflaren for opening up about ‘our story’ and I’m back him 100% on this.”
Ughh, watching this just makes me sick..— Richard Landström (@Xizt) July 24, 2019
My departure (like almost everyones) wasn't handled pretty either. Kudos to @Fifflaren for opening up about "our story" and I'm backing him a 100% on this.
Old, new... whatever#NIPFAMILY :> https://t.co/QEGEgXv4Yv pic.twitter.com/5KiL6M4YT9
Finally, friberg seemingly confirmed that while a number of accusations have already been made about NiP’s conduct, we may not have heard everything just yet, and even hinted that he may release more information.
“Happy that Fifflaren went out with his,” wrote the Heroic player. “I also back him up on what was said, there’s more stuff as well. Guess it’s time…”
Fifflaren also claimed that he believes Ninjas in Pyjamas has been the driving factor behind Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund’s exit from the organization, and says they could be "forcing him into retirement."
NiP have responded to the claims made against them, with current CEO Hicham Chahine issuing a statement that claimed they have “dedicated all of our time and energy to recovering the organization from its turbulent past and mismanagement” and that they aim to put “lingering issues from the past right.”
Whether they will be able to do so remains to be seen, but friberg’s comments seem to indicate that there will be more accusations made against the legendary organization in the near future.