Swedish Esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas has acquired the four-time Major winner Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, who had helped his former organization Astralis win numerous international titles from 2018 to 2020. NiP made the surprise announcement on its Twitter and website.
dev1ce will be playing as NiP’s AWPer in place of the now benched Tim “nawwk” Jonasson. NiP signed dev1ce on a three-year contract with the player’s first showing with the team being at the upcoming Flashpoint 3 Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament which will start on June 10, 2021.
dev1ce’s decision to move to NiP was heavily motivated by the organization’s intense focus on mental health. “How NIP works with mental health was a huge factor in the decision,” dev1ce said in a statement. “Everyone who has followed me through my career knows that I’ve experienced it all; from choking to winning. It’s true that winning a first tournament can light up the spark, and I’m confident that I can bring a lot of winning culture to this talented roster over time.”
dev1ce went on to say that it had been tough leaving Astralis where he had spent a little over three years. “The boys will always be like family to me,” he said. His departure marks the end of his journey with “dupreeh” and “Xyp9x,” who had been his teammates since 2013.
dev1ce admitted that the COVID-19 situation has left him thinking a lot about his future. Having lived in Sweden for quite a while now, he added, “I’m really hyped about this young and exciting NIP project. To join one of the most successful organizations, where so many legends have played, inspires me… with the Major in Stockholm coming up; to bring that home to Sweden is my No. 1 goal.”
NiP COO Jonas Gundersen said that “attracting and retaining the best talent in the game” is one of the org’s core goals. “Bringing in dev1ce is a huge testament to the work everyone around the club has been doing for the past years…. We set out on a venture to rekindle the magic that NIP stands for and, in this day and age, that means transforming into a modern esports performance unit that can define new standards… The hard work of reaching our ambitions has only just begun.”
NiP has been struggling to place well in tournaments since its Intel Extreme Masters XII – Oakland win in 2017. With the new signing, NiP has rekindled hopes of winning CSGO tournaments and improving the team’s ranking.
Meanwhile, Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen will be filling in dev1ce’s role in Astralis for the upcoming DreamHack Masters Spring 2021, which starts on April 29, 2021.
Current NiP CSGO roster:
Fredrik “REZ” Sterner
Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora
Hampus “hampus” Poser
Erik “ztr” Gustafsson
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz