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Ninjas in Pyjamas announce new Dota 2 roster built around PPD

Published: 20/Sep/2019 16:57 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 17:38

by Scott Robertson


The Ninjas in Pyjamas have unveiled their new Dota 2 roster ahead of the upcoming Dota 2 Pro Circuit for 2019-2020.

Peter ‘ppd’ Dager and NiP are starting from scratch. Before the official announcement on September 20, it became known that the majority of the TI5 winner’s teammates would no longer wear the NiP colors. Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks announced a new roster stack that included NiP teammate Neta “33” Shapira. And Martin ‘Saska’ Sazdov announced that he would be taking an extended break. 

In their September 20, NiP not only unveiled their new roster, but revealed a reunion between championship teammates. 

“As of today, we are proud to be announcing that Peter “ppd” Dager will be staying on as our team captain while inviting his former teammate Saahil “Universe” Arora along with three rising stars to join our ranks.”

Universe and ppd were teammates together on Evil Geniuses for a number of years. Together, the team won themselves a lot of trophies, finished with high results at a number of major, and reached the pinnacle of Dota when they won the International 2015.

PPD and Universe with their EG teammates after winning TI5

NiP’s full Dota 2 roster:

Oliver “Skiter” Lepko
Nico “Gunnar” Lopez
Saahil “Universe” Arora
Malthe “Biver” Winther
Peter “ppd” Dager

Skiter and Biver most recently played for INFAMOUS at the EPICENTER major in 2019, but that’s a different INFAMOUS roster from the South American roster that made the deep run at TI9. Gunnar is a young American player with plenty of potential.

Since Evil Geniuses, Universe spent nearly a year with Fnatic, and then half a year with Forward Gaming before the org closed its doors this past July.

In the official NiP announcement, the organization said they met their goals since re-entering the Dota 2 scene: win a trophy, qualify for The International, and establish themselves as a team to be reckoned with. But PPD says that he’s still not satisfied:

“Last year didn’t end as I hoped so we’ve decided to switch things up. I’m teaming up with my old-teammate Universe and a few up-and-coming talents to hopefully achieve greatness.”


Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 14:15

by Adam Fitch


Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.