Ninjas in Pajamas’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team moves on without veteran Patrick “es3tag” Hansen.
“Ahead of next year, we have evaluated the overall team composition and moved Patrick “es3tag” Hansen to the bench, allowing him to explore new opportunities for the 2023 season,” the team wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Patrick has been a great teammate, colleague and player to have at NIP. We have nothing but good things to say about him, and we’re sure he’ll find success wherever he goes next.”
The move is the latest roster shakeup for the Swedish organization, coming off back-to-back inconsistent seasons.
Recently, Ninjas added Pajamas to Fanatic’s Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin and Aleski “Aleksib” Virolainen from G2 Esports, saw Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz depart for Astralis, and benched Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora after three seasons with the squad.
“Benched by ninjas in pyjamas,” es3tag tweeted on Wednesday. “A bumpy road, but I stand here at the end, proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’ll take the time to properly assess what’s next for me. I wish the best for my teammates and NiP, it’s been a ride I will always remember.”
The 27-year-old Dane has been playing professionally since 2015. He joined NIP in November 2021 after time with organizations that include Heroic, FunPlus Phoenix, Astralis, Cloud9 and Complexity Gaming.
The other current players on the NIP roster are Fredrik “REZ” Sterner and Hampus “hampus” Poser.
–Field Level Media