European esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas is dropping its Overwatch team into free agency as the future of the Overwatch League remains uncertain.
However, the Finnish roster will now continue to participate in Overwatch Contenders under the name Rest in Pyjamas. The roster entered Overwatch in August last year, fielding a strong roster and seeing early success.
But due to the uncertainty over the Overwatch League, Ninjas in Pyjamas will join the likes of Fnatic, TSM, Denial, Red Reserve, Splyce, and Team Dignitas in opting out of Overwatch entirely as the organization reassesses its involvement in the game as more information even as Blizzard release more information about Overwatch League over painstakingly long periods of time.
As a result, Ninjas in Pyjamas will focus on redirecting their attention to their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends teams.
“As time passed, we have seen a growing amount of teams release their Overwatch lineups as they assess the future of the game as an esports title,” the European eSports organization said in a statement.
“The scene has not evolved as expected with viewership being below expectations and Blizzard is yet to announce more details surrounding their upcoming Overwatch League.
As for the team now known as Rest in Pyjamas is sitting in third place in Overwatch Contenders’ Group C after earning a win, a loss, and a draw. It should also be noted that despite their potential recent results for the Finnish roster have not been impressive, including a recent 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Vivi’s Adventure, and they would have been under pressure for that reason in other circumstances. Thus, NiP’s action of pulling out is telling.