The World Esports Association has announced that it will launch a formal investigation into the allegations toward the Swedish organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). Mr. Ian Smith, sports lawyer and Commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition will be leading the inquiry with a result by the end of August. The eventual findings will be made public.
Ninjas in Pyjamas has stated that it will be compliant with the Association’s investigation and will assist in full capacity.
The news follows accusations made against the organization by previous Ninjas in Pyjamas Counter-Strike player Fifflaren in an interview with Richard Lewis. He described the under-payment and the player mistreatment whilst he was under the Swedish organization. He has named multiple members of the former NiP management such as Emil “HeatoN” Christensen and current-CEO Hicham Chahine.
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NiP has released a formal statement regarding the investigation. Firstly, it claims that the allegations put forward by Fifflaren has been presented incorrectly without full context. The company said that it wants to resolve all cases that are currently pending resolution.
“Our communication channels have been open for the past three weeks to anyone who feels they were mistreated by the organization dating all the way back to 2014. Additionally, we have made every effort to reach out to those who have expressed concerns. Our main focus has been to review and resolve every case that has been brought to our attention. As of today, this process has resulted in a total of 10 cases with people reaching out to us. We have resolved nine of the cases, and working on finalizing the last case we have on hand.”
As well as complying with the organization, NiP claims that it is embarking on a new chapter by opening new facilities and bringing in more management including investors and new hires.
This article will be updated once more information is known.