Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) have entered the world of Fortnite by signing their first professional roster for the battle royale game.
After developer Epic Games pledged $100 million for prize pools in the 2018-19 season alone, a number of top organizations have made their move into battle royale for the first time with Fortnite.
NiP however already have experience in battle royale, having signed a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds team in late 2017, considered on of the top European rosters.
So their jump into Fortnite was perhaps a predictable one, especially considering the massive prize pools which Epic have boasted with their recent 'Summer Skirmish' series, a proving ground of sorts for their esports ambitions.
Best known for their CS:GO team, NiP has expanded rapidly into other esports in recent months. Acquiring a Rainbow 6: Siege, League of Legends and now Fortnite in the space of around four months.
We at Ninjas in Pyjamas, along with millions of other gamers around the world, completely fell in love with the concept of Battle Royale games. In the last quarter of 2017, we went ahead and signed a competitive team in PlayerUnknown’s: Battlegrounds and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way! As the PUBG squad stands strong, we felt it was a good time to introduce another Battle Royale experience to NiP in the form of Epic’s success story, Fortnite.
Please give a warm welcome to:
* Anastasios “Yung” Timpanidis
* Dean “Cringe” Lawrence
* Patrik “Xited” Heiberg
* Max “Goofy” Rosenlind
The team consists of two duos (Cringe + Yung / Goofy + Xited) forged together to create a super team who will represent the Ninjas in all coming Fortnite events. We’re confident our new players, hailing from Sweden, Denmark and Belgium, will do wonders together under their new banner.
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NiPGaming) July 26, 2018
An all European roster of two Swedish, one Danish and one Belgian, with two duo's being formed to compete in the duos events which Epic has announced plans for, could be a formidable squad.
Epic revealed that their Fortnite World Cup, which is expected to distribute the majority of the $100m prize money, will be solo's and duos only, with nothing squads (four-man teams) related announced.