Joining the growing line of eSports organizations that have been showing a vested interest in Overwatch, Ninjas in Pyjamas has announced that they have acquired a team of their own with the signing SG-1.

In a statement penned by NiP’s CEO Hicham Chahine, explained that the organization has been looking to expand their reach in the eSports community for several months in the hopes that they can be recognized for more than just the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lineup they field.

“The Ninjas in Pyjamas legacy is about being at the top of every game we compete in and there is no exception as we enter into Overwatch: Our goal is become a top team during 2016,” said Chahine, “Together we will be writing a new chapter in the history of Ninjas in Pyjamas. We are excited!”

Formed in December, the all-Finnish roster has yet to compete in any major events. Despite performing well in qualifiers, SG-1 has seen rather disappointing results at minor events, and have regularly placed 5th-8th in online weekly tournaments hosted by GosuGamers. The team has attempted to rectify this by undergoing a number of roster changes that saw multiple original members take their leave, but they continued to fall short of their expectations in The Battle and ELEAGUE’s first European qualifier for the Overwatch Open.

DPS player Lauri “mafu” Rasi expressed great enthusiasm towards being picked up by a well-known brand, saying, “We couldn’t dream for a better organization to back us up on our journey to be the best Overwatch team in the world.”

The current Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch is as follows:

  • Joona “Fragi” Laine
  • Kalle “hymzi” Honkala
  • Antti “kyynel” Kinnunen
  • Lauri “mafu” Rasi
  • Joni “Seita” Paavola
  • Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti


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