Others join fifflaren to display their displeasure with NiP
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One would think that after Ninjas in Pyjamas CEO's statement regarding the accusations leveled against the organisation, things would die down. However, it's quite the opposite.
Numerous questions began to pop up after NiP's reply, so the organisation's CEO, Hicham Chahine decided to open up communications to all former players and staff with unresolved issues. "Please DM or email me and I'll reach out to set up a time to talk," he said.
Whether they sent private messages or not, a number of people including fifflaren chose to speak out publicly on Twitter. The former NiP player attacked Chahine's message, claiming that the organisation had fired several staff this year without warning.
This back and forth began a few days ago when fifflaren spoke in an interview with Richard Lewis. He described issues of player mistreatment, refusal to pay prizes and much more. Since things have become public, many have criticised NiP for its actions and demanded Chahine's resignation. His statement about these issues being caused by the organisation's former management hasn't saved its present management from scrutiny.
A number of disgruntled former employees replied to the CEO's tweet too. Michelle Knudsen claimed, "After 6 month+ he also refused to pay me ½ of my salary, I had to do a formel sue, where he states he will not be paying anything! fast forward 1 month later, case with Kim explodes on SoMe and all of sudden he sends me 3000$+" The case mentioned here is when NiP's former Dota 2 coach, Aaron “Clairvoyance” Kim left the organisation under unhappy terms.
Another former employee, Kevin Mikkelsen said, "I ended up having to say i was gonna lawyer up and go public, Also i had to send an email to everyone involved in NiP before something happened, and when it happened, he made me do Even more work before I could get the money."
Hennes "Cookie" Heijmans, Fortnite team manager for Team Atlantis also seems to have his own issues with NiP from when he played for the organisation.
Former teammates of fifflaren, Adam "friberg" Friberg and Richard “Xizt” Landström, have also spoken up about the situation, backing up his accusations. Xizt states that "My departure (like almost everyones) wasn’t handled pretty either." Adding, "I’m backing him a 100% on this." Xizt played for the team from 2012-2018, but is currently at Fnatic.
While friberg who played for NiP from 2012-2017 is currently playing for Heroic and had this to say, "happy that @Fifflaren went out with this and I also back him up on what was said, there’s more stuff as well." Popular CS:GO caster Anders Blume who ran NiPTV as illusion at the time also has stories of his own to tell, which he says he will be sharing with Richard Lewis in the future.
Regarding fifflaren's taxes, he recently shared a screenshot from June 2016 to back up some of his claims. In it he was asking Chahine for help to pay his taxes which would soon be due. However, the CEO did say in NiP's official statement that, "we have settled all outstanding financial obligations on September 20th 2016, after receiving his invoice 4 days earlier."
The whole situation has many moving parts like a complex puzzle but a picture has gradually begun to form and so far, it doesn't look pretty. For a look at the entire interview, you can find it here on Richard Lewis' YouTube channel.