The legendary Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) is looking to come back to League of Legends (again), according to NiP COO Jonas Gundersen.
Speaking on Twitter, Jonas said:
“We're exploring an entry into League of Legends with NiP, and I am looking for the most passionate & hungry Head Coach prospect, to help build something amazing with us.”
With NiP looking to return to LoL it would mark the organizations’ third attempt to make it in the scene. The side first entered way back in 2013 when league of Legends was nothing like the mega esport it is today. Picking up the former Copenhagen Wolves roster, including a certain Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. The roster went through a number of changes but ultimately failed to live up to the initial hype. It failed to land any top finishes before disbanding in September 2014.
Then in 2017, the organization came back to LoL, taking the spot of Fnatic Academy. Fnatic Academy was unable to continue in the EULCS due to a conflict with the Fnatic main roster. So, in stepped NiP to pick up the roster and compete. Sadly for the former roster, NiP decided to dump the entire team and build a new roster. Some notable names include Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung and Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa and current (and at the time former) Fnatic (Academy) Coach Nicholas “NicoThePico” Korsgård.
The split in the LCS did not work out for NiP who spent the remainder of 2017 in the EULCS before playing in the Nordic Championships in 2018. NiP let go of its roster which contains three current LEC players, one LCS Academy player and one from the CIS. So while it did not work out for the roster as a whole, the players themselves landed on their feet.
Now comes 2020 and NiP’s next go at LoL. The organization has active rosters in Siege, Dota 2 and CS:GO, plus a recent expansion into FIFA. So only time will tell if third time’s a charm for the Swedish organization.