Ninjas in Pyjamas Ventures into Wild Rift Esports Through the Merger with ESV5

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Ninjas in Pyjamas Ventures into Wild Rift Esports Through the Merger with ESV5

John Dave Rossel
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Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas merged with Chinese esports organization ESV5 to compete in the Wild Rift LPL qualifiers.
ESV5’s LPL Wild Rift team, Victory Five, will be rebranded to NiP next year.
ESV5’s Honor of Kings team, eStar Gaming, will further expand in the mobile esports scene as part of NiP.

Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) has announced its venture into the League of Legends: Wild Rift esports scene through a merger with Chinese esports organization ESV5. The organization is eyeing to compete in the Wild Rift LPL qualifiers where the champion will represent the region in the upcoming Wild Rift World Championship 2021. Ninjas in Pyjamas is widely known for its esports teams in various esports titles such as DOTA 2, LoL PC, Valorant, FIFA, Rainbow Six Siege, and CS: GO.

Ninjas in Pyjamas is aiming to participate in the Wild Rift LPL 2021

Chinese esports organization ESV5, a joint venture of two esports organizations eStar Gaming and Victory Five (V5) joined forces with Swedish esports organization, Ninjas in Pyjamas to participate in the upcoming Wild Rift LPL qualifiers. With this merger deal, ESV5’s LPL Wild Rift team, Victory Five, will be rebranded to NiP next year.

Additionally, ESV5’s Honor of Kings team, eStar Gaming, will further expand in the mobile esports scene as part of NiP. However, eStar Gaming will not be rebranded and will continue with the same name. The team is known for winning the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2019 and the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2021 - Phase 1 Qualifier.

In an interview posted on the official NiP YouTube channel, the co-CEO, Hicham Chahine, expressed his excitement with the merger deal with ESV5.

“We also not only continue competing in core esports titles on PC, but we also set ourselves up for a very exciting market which is growing rapidly, which is mobile gaming,” stated Chahine.

NiP stated in its official blog post that this joint venture of eastern and western talents will deliver a unique approach in the LPL esports scene.

“Through this move, we’ll get a spot in the LPL franchise, the world’s biggest League of Legends league, and rebranding Victory Five to Ninjas in Pyjamas. With the addition of NIP’s performance team and model, this marriage of East-West philosophies should make for a potent approach not seen before in the LPL. The same procedure goes for League of Legends: Wild Rift,” stated NiP.

The Wild Rift LPL qualifiers will be held in September 2021, where 16 LPL teams will be competing for the honor of representing China in the upcoming Wild Rift World Championship. It will be interesting to see if NiP will be able to dominate the Chinese Wild Rift esports scene.

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John is a mobile esports writer for AFK Gaming that specializes in Wild Rift and Mobile Legends, whilst also maintaining an overview of the Free Fire, COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile esports scenes.