Reports emerging from ESPN eSports outline that Ninjas in Pyjamas is planning a return after a four year separation from eSports most popular title. The Swedish eSports organisation that developed the talents of Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, Martin “Deficio” Lynge, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez to name but a few, may be about to make a return to League of Legends and the EU LCS.
Ninjas in Pyjamas are understood to be the frontrunner in the race to purchase Fnatic Academy’s cherish spot in the EU LCS. Having obtained promotion from the Challenger Series, the FNC squad are unable to compete in the league alongside their parent roster and must therefore sell their hard-earned LCS spot, potentially including the Fnatic Academy roster as part of the deal.
According to ESPN sources, the Ninjas in Pyjamas organisation is in the process of finalising a deal for the slot valued at an estimated $500,000, a figure significantly lower than the majority of recent LCS buy-ins over the past two years. The justification for the abnormally low figure is due to a lack of demand and the limited timeframe within which to confirm the deal, ahead of the EU LCS Summer Split start on the 2nd June.
NiP have also expressed an interest in purchasing Origen’s EU Challenger Series spot, should the deal with Fnatic fall through. The potential deal for the remaining EU LCS spot must be confirmed by Tuesday in order to meet Riot Games’ deadline. It’s unknown whether Ninjas in Pyjamas will also seek to acquire the player and coach contracts currently held by Fnatic or whether it will field a roster of its own design.
Ninjas in Pyjamas are currently holding their cards close to their chests, denying any interest in the Fnatic Academy slot:
“Unfortunately the information regarding Ninjas in Pyjamas purchasing the Fnatic Academy League of Legends slot is incorrect.
“If we are to enter League of Legends in the future, I will be happy to confirm your information at that point.”
Ninjas in Pyjamas CEO Hicham Chahine
NiP last fielded a League of Legends roster in 2013-14, after picking up the previous roster of the Copenhagen Wolves as part of their reformation. The team is perhaps best remembered for the 2013 EU LCS Summer Split, a period in which future stars Bjergsen and Svenskeren showed great promise representing the organisation.
Following the departure of the team’s star talent to pastures new, the team began to fall apart. Forced to release the entire roster after a disastrous split in which two of the team’s best players, Mithy and Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm were banned from competing due to their toxic in-game behaviour. The team disbanded their League of Legends roster on October 4th 2014, but could be about to hang their banner in the EU LCS studio once more.