NiP, better known as Ninjas in Pyjamas, have confirmed the release via an announcement on their official site. The Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch team has been in existence in some form since late 2015.
Who are the Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch Team?
The team, formerly known as SG-1, was founded during the closed beta stage of Overwatch in late 2015. Also known about the team, is that they are fully comprised of Finnish competitors. On August 2nd, the global eSports organisation Ninjas in Pyjamas acquired the SG-1 team.
The Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch team had a string of successful events. They won first place in 3 events in 2016. 2017 started off as 2016 ended, with the team winning the first major event of the year. It all went downhill from there, with the team failing to take in any prize money for the rest of the year up until now.
Why exit the Overwatch competitive scene?
The announcement to drop the Ninjas in Pyjamas Overwatch team didn’t come as a surprise to many. In their announcement, NiP clearly stated the lack of communication from Blizzard and the lacklustre viewing numbers. While stopping short of fully blaming Blizzard, they clearly stated that the developer is a major reason why they are dropping the Overwatch team.
With many companies clamouring to capture the audience and profits to be earned with professional eSports leagues, Blizzard can be accused of putting the horse before the cart. Their much publicised Professional league has all but fizzled out, with the cost of acquiring a franchise stated to be at $20 Million Dollars. $20 Million Dollars. Teams would also not see any of the profit share of the league until 2021.
No one can blame NiP, and other professional eSports associations, for declining to participate when clearly the developers are out to line their own pockets instead of giving the player base an platform to compete.
We hope for the sake of the future of Overwatch eSports, Blizzard will re-evaluate their stand and make the game important to the players, not the bean counters.
See the full statement here.