Ninjas in Pyjamas are returning to Summoners Rift after a three-year break from League of Legends. NiP has confirmed that they would be joining a cluster of massive organizations in LoL by gaining a spot in the LPL – the Chinese pro league – in an unexpected announcement. Despite being a Swedish company with a history of operating in Europe, NiP has surpassed Victory Five to become the bottom-ranked team.
Ninjas in Pajamas, a Swedish group, has formed a collaboration with ESV5, the Chinese firm that controls the Victory Five and Ultra Prime League of Legends teams. The NiP tag will be used in the Chinese LPL next season.
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NIP) August 10, 2021
“Since the revival of the NIP, we have worked relentlessly to become the first truly worldwide esports organization,” said Ninjas in Pajamas. Today, we’re taking a significant step toward that goal by forming the NIP Group, a worldwide organization that brings together teams from all major esports titles, and entering a new market with the Chinese esports group ESV5
“We will join the LPL franchise, the world’s largest League of Legends league, and rebrand Victory Five to Ninjas in Pajamas as a result of this decision.”
It’s not the first time Ninjas in Pyjamas have had a League of Legends squad, as they have been active in the EU LCS since signing Copenhagen Wolves in 2013. Victory Five will now compete in the LPL, where they are currently ranked 17th.
The ESV5 is the outcome of a partnership between two companies: eStar Gaming (now known as Ultra Prime) and Victory Five. They also own Shenzhen and Wuhan esports facilities, as well as streaming platform DouYu and anti-virus firm Qihoo 360.
The return of Ninjas in Pyjamas to League of Legends follows their most recent appearance in the Riot Games franchise in 2018. In April, they signed a lineup for the European Masters, however, in early October, they released the players.