Sources have reported Ninjas in Pyjamas are looking to recruit Kevin ‘Ex6tenZ’ Droolans for their Valorant team as the longtime CSGO pro makes a switch in esports.
Update on Dec 23 at 09:41AM (GMT)
Ninjas in pyjamas have officially announced that Ex6TenZ will be joining their Valorant roster. In a December 22 Tweet, the team Tweeted that “a little bit of Belgian chocolate will do the trick”, alongside the announcement image.
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NiPGaming) December 22, 2020
Original story follows below.
It’s fair to say Ex6tenZ has had a historied career in CSGO, becoming a household name in the community and playing across multiple teams.
Having garnered a reputation for his leadership qualities, it’s no surprise that even after his retirement in February, he was still receiving offers from CSGO teams.
After retiring from the scene, Ex6tenZ expressed interest in potentially taking up a coaching role. However, according to sources, he is opting to take a very different path and pursue a professional career in Riot’s tactical FPS, Valorant.
NIP to pick up Ex6tenZ for their Valorant roster
According to a report from neLendriekt, NIP is looking to round off their Valorant roster by picking up Ex6tenZ.
This news comes after NIP announced a host of changes to their team, dropping both Niels ‘luckeRR’ Jasiek and Saif ‘Sayf’ Jibraeel. The organization has recently welcomed Yaroslav ‘Jady’ Nikolaev and the addition of Ex6tenZ would finalize their roster:
- Emir ‘ryhme’ Muminovic
- Charles ‘CREA’ Beauvious
- Egor ‘chiwawa’ Stepanyuk
- Yaroslav ‘Jady’ Nikolaev
- Kevin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans
VALORANT: Ex6TenZ to join NiP. Here is my report.https://t.co/DTTGeMpOGI
— neL (@neLendirekt) December 21, 2020
It’s safe to say that Ex6TenZ certainly has some history with the Ninjas though. Throughout his CS:GO career the Belgian suffered multiple defeats by their hands, only to eventually rise up and defeat the supposed titans.
It’s interesting to see him not only pursue a different career path FPS wise, but also the fact it’s with an organization he has had such an intense rivalry with.
The move makes sense though, because Ninjas in Pyjamas have become a force to be reckoned with in Valorant. Defeated by behemoths G2 Esports just before the First Strike: Europe finals, the team are hardly one to smirk at. With an addition like Ex6TenZ to an already high performing roster, NiP set themselves up to become one of European Valorant’s rising stars.