Fifflaren Opens Up About NiP: Ninjas in Problems?

The Ninjas in Pyjamas, famously known as NiP are one of the most beloved organizations in CSGO. They started off as one of the best teams still have legends of the game with GeT_RiGhT and f0rest.

The line-up with Fiffy. ESL One Cologne 2014.

They’ve had a lot of roster changes and one of the players kicked from the team, Fiflarren was not too happy about it and had a lot to say about the org. Richard Lewis a famous British esports journalist was quick to reach out to him to give him a proper platform to air his grievances.

This happened on a live podcast interview and Fifflaren had a lot to say so let’s dive right into it.

A lot of the problems Fiffy mentioned, stem from bad contracts and the org taking advantage of the players. The contracts that they had to sign wasn’t the best and in some-cases had absurd clauses.

  • Players used to get 0% from merch during Fiffy’s career (no detail if true now).

This is pretty messed up considering that they sold a lot of merch as NiP was on top, especially Stickers where 50% of proceedings were supposed to go the player.

  • All winnings of 2013 were stolen and never paid (apart from DH Winter, where players directly contacted event organizer in order to get the winnings, bypassing the org).
NiP at DreamHack Winter

Pretty straight forward here, NiP took all the money and never gave players their share of the win.

  • There was some issue with 2013 taxes, which swayed players in signing new contracts (new contracts offered help in case a player was hit with tax evasion by the government).

They were basically made to sign new contracts so that they could get protection and help from the org in case of a tax issue like tax evasion. They were promised that their taxes from the previous year would be paid by the org.

  • The org has a right to issue a 20k Euro fine at any time for any contract breach. This is while offering a salary of 1k per month.

That’s a crazy fine to have, especially since it would take them atleast a year and a half to make that much.

  • The org didn’t allow having girlfriends and the org would check whether or not they were good enough for the player. They were forced to ask(written permission) from the org if they could have a GF and the org would review it.

Having Girlfriends was not outright banned, but Gfs were not allowed at certain events (and perhaps other restrictions existed) because “org felt they were a distraction or a wrong fit for a player”.

  • Players weren’t informed of Fiffy getting replaced by the org and Fiffy was forced to tell the team himself.

Maikelele was told 6 months before he joined the team that he would be part of the team if NiP, especially Fifflaren had bad results. During this time, NiP went on to win the major after which Fiffy was kicked. And even when they were replacing Fiffy, the org decided hat Fiffy would have to tell the team that he’s being replaced. The team was not informed or consulted for this.

  • Players were lowkey promised a future in the org (or related) after retirement, they were building a home for themselves, they were participating in commercials and endorsing products for free.
  • Org did not back Fiffy at all when he was getting craploads of hate on social media. He was forced to bear the mental toll himself. Now GTR going through the same thing, though there is a sports psychologist now.

All of these just make it clear how the org handles their players. They never shielded Fiffy and now they’re probably also pushing for GeT_RiGhT to retire. Fiffy was not happy about this and had a word of advice for GTR.

  • Fiffy message to GTR: you don’t owe anything to NiP, you were the greatest player in the world, just leave them and play with some other team, you deserve it. RL mentions GTR’s condition with stress and how he was insanely ill every game and consistently puking between matches.

GeT_RiGhT is known to have stomach issues but the amount of stress and pressure to perform has been getting to him recently since he’s puking between matches and is overall not well. The org should be taking steps to take care of someone who has been the face of the org for so long.

  • At least 4 players of 4 different games reached out and said that they are in similar conditions.

This is something that is still going on with the org and isn’t just limited to their CSGO team. Even those who are not associated with the org but are in the same industry have heard about this on some level.

  • The money from the Charity event went to 3 different PayPal accounts. The money from there went to a business email which NiP Management along with a few other people had access to. The Password was changed shortly after.

Everyone assumed that Pita, the coach back then and now just took the money for himself. That is not the case as he didn’t have access to the account. An update was given 8 months after and the building that they had donated for was finally built. NiP never put out a statement to clear Pita’s name and basically let him take the blame.

There’s a whole lot of things that Fifflaren talked about in the interview including that he and other players were still owed money and they don’t know if and when they’ll get it. I highly recommend that you watch RLewis’ video in a few days when he posts his thoughts as well as the full VOD on Youtube.

NiP has been the favourite org for many people for years now. They’ve been known for the “NiP Magic”. However, nothing about this sounds magical and turns out that tidbits about this were known to those in the industry but nobody knew it was this bad.

While Fifflaren’s statements can’t be verified, it does seem to be widely accepted since there have been others who either went through this or heard about it. Kudos to Fifflaren and Richard Lewis for taking this step and hopefully this helps others speak up as well. We will continue to report this story as it continues and maybe we can expect NiP to put out a statement.

The talking points were taken from the various threads that were made and I’d like to thank all those who tried to sum it up.

Thread 1

Thread 2

Thread 3

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Team Liquid bag Intel Grand Slam Season 2 after winning ESL One Cologne

The North American Team Liquid has won ESL One Cologne which makes them the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 winners.

The current HLTV #1 team beat the French squad of Team Vitality in the finals in a decisive 3-1 victory. The young French superstar ZywOo was crowned MVP of the tournament but sadly his heroics could not stop the current in-form Team Liquid.

Team Liquid locked in the Intel Grand Slam prize just five events into the second season and won it over a span of just 144 days. In comparison, last season’s Grand Slam lasted 15 events and a whopping 523 days.

With Liquid looking so dominant, the tables might finally be turning and the NA era of CS might be on the rise.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s New Update Adds Retro Dust 2 and AUG Nerf

Counter-Strike recently turned 20 years old and many people expected some sort of anniversary update to go with it and Valve seems to have delivered in an odd way.

The new CSGO update brings in a Retro Dust II map which basically retextures the map to look like the Dust II from 1.6. There is a caveat with it which is that this classic map is only available every alternate round and ONLY in the Casual game mode.

credit: u/heckingfrick69

While that seems to be a temporary update, there is a permanent change introduced in this update and that is an adjustment to the AUG. The AUG has finally been nerfed after many called it out for being too overpowered and some even said it broke the game.

The AUG now has a reduced unscoped accuracy which means that you will most probably want to use the scope on medium ranges now instead of just treating it like a scoped M4A4. Another change is that its rate of fire has been slowed down. It had the same Rate of Fire as the M4A4 before but now is on par with the AK47 and M4A1-S. This change does make the AUG’s recoil pattern much simpler.

credit: u/SlothSquadron

Curiously, the crouching accuracy of the AUG has still not changed when both scoped and unscoped so that will be interesting because we might now see people who play with the AUGs crouch more frequently. Maybe this is Valve’s way of forcing the players to use a more passive approach instead of using it for both short and long range engagements like before.

Besides these two big changes, they added a new Chicken Capsule to the game with Chicken related stickers and they made a few changes to warmup period of the Danger Zone game mode as well as fixed an exploit specific to that game mode. The full change-log can be read below.

[20TH ANNIVERSARY]
– Celebrate 20 years of Counter-Strike with a retro version of Dust II, currently available in the Casual Dust II map group.
– The Chicken Capsule is now available for purchase in-game.

[GAMEPLAY]
– Adjustments to the AUG to bring its utility more in line with other rifles.
— Slightly reduced rate of fire.
— Reduced accuracy while unscoped.

[DANGER ZONE]
– Fixed an exploit involving duplication of items dropped by disarming another player.
– Players in warmup spawn closer to their teammate.
– Players in warmup now spawn with a random pistol.

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CSGO Now Free To Play: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Counter-Strike Global Offensive is now to Free to Play and features a Battle Royale mode. All Game Modes are now free for everyone to play and is Valve’s way of keeping the game alive. This move has been controversial so let’s take a look at why it has faced backlash from the community.

The Respawn

Counter-Strike Global Offensive originally released in 2012 and received a mixed reception. Over time, the game got a lot of improvements and everyone moved to this including the 1.6 professionals. The game kept getting updates in the form of Operations which added timed game modes and maps for a small fee. Along with Operations came the various Cases which featured Skins for weapons.

Spreadsheet by oOMeowthOo

In the beginning, these were somewhat frequent but as the years went on, we were lucky to get maybe 2 or 1 operation in a year. The community was always vocal about the lack of new maps and content but were still ok since they were promised Panorama UI which took ages to get released but after it finally did people were happy. However, now that this was done, players expected an Operation or a new game mode but nothing came of it until now.

The Bomb Has Been Planted

The new Battle Royale game mode is a much-needed inclusion to the game to help get players back and to keep it fresh with something new for the old players to try out. Now, I’m going to voice my opinion about the change to F2P which some are praising and some are quite against.

CSGO’s matchmaking was never perfect. You never know when you’ll rank up or down, a lot of cheaters which have reduced thankfully in recent times, a huge number of smurf accounts and there’s also a bunch of toxic players whom you may encounter. To help with this they used Trust Factor, something that matches you with someone of a similar Trust Factor(I had a low TF for reasons I do not know). There was also Prime Matchmaking which needed you to verify your account with a phone number that couldn’t be linked with another account and needed you to rank up to level 21. While not perfect, Prime matchmaking was better than just using Trust Factor because it usually matched you with people who had put in the hours and had gone through the “pain” of linking a number to their account.

Now that the game is free, everybody who previously owned the game gets Prime status and for new players, you can just buy Prime status. That means that smurfs and cheaters can easily switch accounts and have more accounts than before with Prime to mess about in the game. While the game will have an increased player base now, the quality of matches, in my opinion, will deteriorate simply because there’s a higher chance of playing with or against a cheater/troll/smurf.

Unless you have ESEA or Faceit, your Matchmaking experience won’t be as good as before. And all we get for having owned CSGO previously is a medal and a skin. To me, it feels like Valve is trying even harder now to cash in on that Skins money because more players will have access to the game now. If they manage to improve the Matchmaking or implement a new system that works better, I think everyone will be happy about this move but for now, it feels like they’re throwing the old players under the bus just to get in more players.

Defusing the Situation

The game was getting stale but they added two new maps from the community lately and have been upgrading the older maps one by one. They’ve changed the meta a little bit to help change the way the game is played. What they now need to do is work on the Matchmaking System and improve it while also adding 128 tick servers because Gaben knows everyone has been asking for it for ages now. If they do that and also add Operations or new content on a somewhat frequent basis, they won’t have to worry about the player base leaving or declining.

Slow fall in player count in the first half of the year

The Esports side of CSGO has been going quite well and is growing as the days go by and with the move to F2P, we can hope to see even more new players who will try to enter the pro scene. And if Valve can improve their whole matchmaking and competitive system, people might not even have to migrate to ESEA/ Faceit to improve themselves and have a good time.

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Professional Indian CSGO Player “forsaken” Caught Cheating; Released from Optic India

The Indian CSGO e-sports scene has been left speechless and angry after it was found that Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat was using hacks in a LAN tournament.

During a match between Vietnam’s “revolution” and Optic India, Nikhil was approached by an admin after being flagged by the anti-cheat system. Nikhil refused to give the admin access to his PC and when asked to alt-tab from CSGO, they found a suspicious program running. Nikhil then quickly deleted the program in front of the admin, and since the file was deleted it took a while to investigate as they were trying to recover the deleted file. The recovered file would not launch and would instead print a message saying that a Windows update would be required to run it.

The admin observation coupled with the anti-cheat and his fishy gameplay lead the organizers to believe that “forsaken” is guilty which led to Optic India’s disqualification from the tournament and Nikhil’s instant removal from the Optic India roster.

This isn’t the first time Nikhil has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons though. Back in 2017 when he was in Team SemperX, Nikhil was handed a 2 year ban by ESL for owning an account that was VAC banned.

Another professional CSGO player “BnTeT” has also tweeted about how players who played against him knew that he was cheating and that this wasn’t a shocking revelation to them. There’ve been members of the Indian CSGO community also calling him out and have known he’s “fishy” since 2016.

 

Teams, players and members of the community have called him out, he was previously banned for owning an account with a VAC ban which begs the question as to why nothing was done about this? He then goes on to join of India’s biggest CSGO Teams in Optic India only to be caught hacking at a LAN? His spot could have been given to someone more deserving and hardworking, someone who didn’t use cheats. So does India need some sort of committee to stop players like him from continually getting opportunities like this? Something needs to be done because there are probably countless other players like this who think they can get away with this on a smaller stage with less limelight.

India was slowly gaining a good reputation in e-sports and in the CSGO community but this right here is probably another strike after the whole ICG fiasco. This could very well hinder the growth of e-sports and CSGO in India due to the negative rep that it will garner and the community is right to be angry and upset about such a disgraceful act and we hope that proper punishment is given to the player.

A few “highlights” for you:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Clear Aimlock Footage

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