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Ninjas in Pyjamas have respawned with a team for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, housing the former SK-duo Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, as well as Richard "Xizt" Landström who has left fnatic.
One of the most oldschool names in Counter-Strike today returned from the grave. Emil "HeatoN" Christensen has revived the brand by announcing a CS:GO team, a team surely to be considered as an attempt to house the first big name for the soon to be released game.
"I am incredibly proud to revive NiP again. We used to be the best team in the world, and I believe we will be on top once again, in CS:GO! I have so much faith in these players, they're great guys both inside and outside of the game" - Reads a statement by Emil "HeatoN" Christensen
The announcement was channeled through fragibte.se, breaking the news that after five years of inactivity, the Ninja in Pyjamas brand is back.
Christensen has picked up the former SK-duo Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, who already have been playing plenty of CS:GO together, as well as former Counter-Strike: Source players in Adam "friberg" Friberg and Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson.
Both Friberg and Johansson up until recently represented Team Heat Gaming, a brand Christensen is also associated with.
The biggest surprise, on top of today's announcement is that Richard "Xizt" Landström is listed as a member of the team. According to the press release sent out by NiP, Landström has been released from his contract with fnatic, just twelve days after winning GameGune.
The only available player statement was made by Alesund, who stated the following:
"It's an honor to be playing under such a legendary tag. These four great guys and myself in a new team that will try to regain what NiP was in the glory days. Also, being back with HeatoN as one of the owners feels even more amazing! I'm just looking forward to the tournaments ahead to show people what we are made of"
Ninja in Pyjamas CS:GO team therefore consist of the following five players:
Patrik " f0rest" Lindberg
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
Adam "friberg" Friberg
Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson
Richard "Xizt" Landström
According to rakaka.se the team is supported by ZOWIE GEAR, a brand Christensen is also associated with. They furthermore believe Heat Gaming and Inferno Online will be the main sponsors of the team. Anton Budak, formerly SK coach is also believe to be brought onboard.
Landström has in recent time played CS:GO with the Swedish team ROCKSTAR, a team which also saw the names mentioned above included in.
With Landström joining NiP, fnatic are now first of all without their in-game leader, but also down a member. The impressions given by the team after winning GameGune was that there were plenty of upcoming events for the team.
No announcements or comments have been made by fnatic as of yet, but we expect a comment on the matter within far to long. We will also do our best to update you on what will happen with fnatic's 1.6 team.
Cs 1.6 dead, so time for cs:go
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I mean, what if there weren't any sequel to COD series, Crysis etc. A company would always want to release sequels to their signature game series with the aim to provide more entertainment and to make the sequel better than the previous one. That's what keeps the company alive. Maybe in the future there would be another sequel to CS series, say, CS:Revolution or something like that and we'd come here on HLTV.org once more and say "CSR sucks!! CS:GO forever!" and such stuff.
It is the player's choice to switch to CS:GO or not. World changes, so it's not a surprise if a current pro player decides to change the game he wants to play. :)
Just because lurppis think CS:GO isn't good, doesn't mean that you should follow his ideals.
Look at it this way. Suppose that instead of CS1.6, COD4 was main e-sport title and then COD:MW2 was released. Gamers switched to MW2. So what's the big deal, huh?
You're saying that Valve who itself developed CS1.6 wants to shit on it by releasing CS:GO?
Poor mentality bro!
edit: thats whats happening and you know it. CS didnt get replaced when BF3 came out late 2011? If it was CounterStrike: BF3 then it would have.
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CS 1.6 was STUCK and had peaked many years ago. I remember when i started to play CS everybody was talking about the game. All IRC channels had so many people spamming "5v5 / no server / msg me" and so on.
today when i visit one of those channels its fucking hard to find even a random guy saying a random word. The top scene could continue because sponsors keept putting money in the tournaments, but slowly everything behind it died. The only reason why we today sometimes see a new player in the "top-scene" is because some top players decide to retire. If it wasn't because of that it would be the same people staying in the top because the scene behind it has been dead for a long time.
Since the sponsors are not willing to put money in CS1.6 anymore, the top scene is also dying.
Of course it has a little to do with CS:GO but its not the reason why CS1.6 is dead, it has been dead for a long time.
CS1.6 wasn't doing great untill CS:GO was announced, only the pro scene could survive alittle longer.
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League of Legends here I go.
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People don't have to open threads about CS:GO and go bash it, that's just plain dumb. I hope the game goes big and replaces 1.6, since 1.6 hasn't got really much to offer for us anymore.
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"Don't play it" -- I'm sure that most kids here will try it and give negative feedback. It's not always about the graphics.
"No one needs negative comments about the game here" -- Oh sure they do! Without negative comments / feedback, there wouldn't be any communites. Everyone has a different opinions about things. If everyone would agree on one thing, that would be the end of the world.
"People don't have to open threads about CS:GO and go bash it, that's just plain dumb" -- Why? Because you love CS:GO? And "WE" love cs 1.6 gameplay instead of childish gameplay (cs:go) ?
"that's just plain dumb." -- No it isn't.
"I hope the game goes big and replaces 1.6, since 1.6 hasn't got really much to offer for us anymore." -- I beg the differ so other games may provail to be the next-gen FPS game. Counter-Strike is dead if CS:GO is the next "cs".
"Why? Because you love CS:GO? And "WE" love cs 1.6 gameplay instead of childish gameplay (cs:go) ?" I don't love the game.. :D I haven't even played the it, I am not just as negative as most of the people. Define childish gameplay in a game, that is just a silly term. Again, don't bash unless you have something USEFUL to say, instead of just: " OMG DIS GAME SUCKS, I HOPE IT DIES, 1.6 FOR EVAH BROS"
"No it isn't." Making unrelated comments that in no way are useful towards the game/a post about the game. It is.
"I beg the differ so other games may provail to be the next-gen FPS game. Counter-Strike is dead if CS:GO is the next "cs"." Haven't followed much about new released, so I can't really comment but it wont be any of the mainstream games. I dunno what the 2nd sentence is suppose to mean, but CS 1.6, CS:S and :GO will not be dead for many a year now. :)
Edit: "I don't like it yes, they shouldn't even call it counter-strike. More like Strike of Duty" What? Just because it is different than 1.6, doesn't mean Valve should name it something else. They should have called CS:S something else then, too. Also that name is horrendous. :D
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2. I have not said thing about the actual GAMEPLAY the game, because I have not played the game.
3. I agree that people may not like the game, but 90% of the comments here about the game are complete garbage and useless.
4. Yeah, when I am drunk I tend to talk a lot too :D
We're gonna see how many tournaments will feature CS:GO.
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Imo, NIP was suposed to w8 till fnaticRC finish the tournaments left, then announce this news !!
thats why u have to decide i guess, nip wanted to release their team now and xizt hat to choose
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Even if they win all those tournaments they'd still earn less than by winning the first few CS:GO tournaments and don't forget that it may bring a lot more tours!
I personally am not a fan of CS:GO and I think the game will fail competitively but I don't blame xizt for the switch!
Who are you ?
Next reply try to be more polite and civilised or u'll enjoy a good BAN kid !!
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End of the discution
I don't know who should do it !!
The pro scene is another thing.
Nobody is killing 1.6.
People just stoped playing it to play many others games. So 1.6 died by PLAYERS CHOICE.
And Valve is taking place on that to make money with a new game, trying to make the frenchise strong again WORLDWIDE.
Back in the days 70% os pro-players where on 1.6, now it was less then 15% and that number just dont make sense to sponsors put theyr money.
CS 1.6 is dead because you do not need expensive hardware to play the game. Why would they sponsor a game that brings no income whatsoever..
Games most sponsored are the ones that have strong comunity and HUGE worldwide VIEWERS.
Sponsor just care about numbers, not about how much of hardware a game need.
If u check the strongest games on the moment, the ones are been most sponsored the mojority dont need any special hardware. They are just hugly played and stream followed worldwide. Whey more then 1.6.
And other important data:
1.6 was loosing % of players and viewers, and many other games were rasing that %. In realation with total of players and viewers of all strongest games.
So please guys, lets just forget about 1.6, and get inside GO forcing valve to change the game to what we think is better.
If 1.6 comunity step out of this job we will end without a good game to play and tourneys.
It's a shame, but I do agree that we should try to force valve into changing the game to make it as good as possible. I bought the game yesterday, waiting to play it on the 14th but to tell you the truth, they didn't work on movement/physics at all... that really pisses me off..
I know i will not like it, and i will post what i think about it. If its too terrible i will just keep on 1.6, for fun, or stop playing it all till them change the game.
If 1.6 players dont move to GO, they will be forced to make GO closer to 1.6. Thats really simple.
.. "they too will"... "Will" is the keyword here. Which means they havn't disbanded the team yet, but will - in the future - according to your sentence.
This is great!
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about time they realize its a dying game, and wont get picked up in any big tournament anymore.
CS:GO is where the moneys at.
I can see many top players getting back from retirement now!
How about we all just play the games we want to play? If the pros want to move to greener pastures because that's how they earn money then they are more than welcome to go ahead. Doesn't affect me in any way whatsoever.
Yeah gtr, rumors were not true AT ALL. :D
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when someone somewhere on the world mentions the name heaton in a negative context, trvh will pop up to defend his role model.
heaton overrated noob player and u know it my friend
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haha, just kidding
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fuck off Xizt... he's just like f0rest and gtr. When they could have won EVERYTHING, they left fnatic for SK to win a couple of tournaments. Now Xizt left fnatic while he was on top and one of the best players in the world, to CSGO.... wtf!?
It's alright if sponsors give money for people to play the games, I also like earning money doing what I like, but cmon, it's obvious that you can't make a whole living out of it
look at fox. he plays 1.6 and he works at the same time. He recieves money from K1CK's org, but obviously it's not enough. and 1.6 doesn't give you money to live either, so he also has a job, which grants the money for him to live nice. There are a lot of things here in portugal that give tons more money than 1.6, but he still plays 1.6.
I enjoy playing the game, I don't really enjoy the players
After spending a few days on here having people tell me I'm moronic... This is just the icing on the cake for me.
GO is alive boys.
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Team had won GameGune and had such perspective to do very well in the future and the guy just leaves the team for a shitty game and some $. Could do the same when Source was out or am I mistaken??!
By this I'm also pointing at that big headed guy who calls himself HeatoN. When he was playing the game no one tried to kill it like like he's trying now.
HeatoN products failed so u had to find the way to earn money son? This ain't fair way to do it
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why bother .. u ain't gonna change someone's opinion just like that
i'm with xizt on this one cuz he made an amazing decision
So don't compare him buying a new pair of shoe or you buying a shiny new tampon with xizt leaving fnatic because others don't give a fuck about trivial matters.
I've been a fnatic fan for a couple of years and it's only natural for me to be angry when a player just does something like this. In fact, this is similar to what GTR and f0rest did, and I don't think you went all NERDRAGE on someone who might've done the same thing as I did. Oh that's right, the two are your boyfriends...
I made my own fucking choise to critise Xizt for the decision he has made, and you should accept it.
we need NoA, eoL, SK, Team3D and mTw!
Dno why ppl are raging at xizt, gtr, forest.. thats so fucking stupid.
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We're gonna see how many organisations will pick CS:GO.
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when did it happen ?
Now it's all up to Valve to completely start fresh with CS:GO, and actually make a good game out of it!
but heres a nice video
Fact is you actually are laughed at by everyone in the CS scene because you're dumb as pig shit.
How's that minimum wage job working out for ya? Or have you still not left your bedroom?
Your only achievements in life are being a fat dumpling, being average at a computer game, and being unanimously hated and known by everyone online for being a complete spacker.
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there u go m8 hf
And the game has no skill set/level to it, you don't have to play it to be good at it, its too basic because the guns have nothing to master, or the movement.
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hope that this game will have good updates and will become BIG.
haha last comment is epic HAHAHAHHA
Now when most of pro 1.6 players are swithing to csGO. Will u call them noobs who cant play serious games ? U remember that 1.6 is the only CS with skill right ?
No ? Cos thats exactly what happend few years back.
HLTV and 1.6 community so stupid. I dont even wonder why is term "1.6 community" being used as an insultting word in other games.
I also hope that csgo will succes, cos i just wanna see more people here crying same shit 1.6 TOO STRONK´AND 4EVA
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neway looks good. nice 2 see them back :)
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This was completely random, I guess. Anyway, I like the idea :D
On topic, as a fanboy
WOOOOOOO! NIP! yeah!
But you can only reach BETA by pre-ordering. 2 topics per day in steam forum (count all topics are made for feedback). Rarely gameplay updates.
That's a evidence that CS:GO is only made for get more money by using "Counter-Strike" name
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LOL, bb Xizt.
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I wish him the best of luck and of course i'll follow cs:go scene as i did with 1.6
stop being so childish
omg CS GO SUCKS
and so cs is disappear int'l events just mania game. we will find new fps game
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I hope CS will stay alive.
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The CS-GO has not been released in it's newest version. so they must be happy with this version of CS-GO ?.....
COME ON !!! VAVLE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE IS GOING TO BUY THIS "SHIT GAME". COUSE IF NO ONE DO, IT WONT GET ANY PROFIT.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.. -.-''
I for one am looking forward to a new dawn in counter-strike!
Believing this team will win 3-4 starting tourneys is insane. They will be mauled by top CS:S team.
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Soon you will see "ESC Gaming switches to CS:GO"
rip get_rigth skills (although baiter alltimes)
rip xizt skills such a shame
fryberg these two maybe creaming pants to play with 2-3 burn out legends
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btw.how much it will cost?
As for the price you can take advantage of the pre-order in order to save some money,
Anyways, GL to NiP, I'm looking forward to seeing them own it up in GO, and looking forward to playing the game myself :D
"Seems like everybody's got a price, I wonder how they sleep at night... When the sale come first and the truth comes second..." by Jessie J
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gl & hF NiP !
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for me promod > go
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They suck @ life they can do nothing
Also,to play this game you would need a pc with a good gfx which i cant afford atleast
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And I have to ask.. have even tried the game? Because you sure have negative attitude towards cs:go.
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dissapointed to see f0rest there... retirement >csgo
And those who see this an unjustified or shameful move, do remember that these guys earn money via these games, when scene changes they swith as well very similar to the case of an IT Professional who switches job for a better package.
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As for Xizt and all the comments about him leaving fnatic and doing so in order to play CS:GO, well, it seems, as far as I understand it, he didn't want to wait in order to see what fnatic may have come up with and maybe thought that way he would waste some precious time.
My props to fnatic for staying true to CS 1.6 until the very end and also looking forward to see what they choose to do once the last song has finished to play.
this news was a surprise, I like to see play Johan face too.
you wont live forever
lets play CS:r1,p,6:GO
or if u play for fun and love 1,6 as the game and not as follower like watching events STAY
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Theyve done great work with the awp, I wouldnt change anything about it.
If only they'd make the deagle less op
I hope they succeed fame of 1.6 in GO
gl nip :)
Here take a look:
CS:GO is new yes, but that doesn't destine it to failure! Most of the people in here (HLTV) haven't even tried it, yet they just trash talk it, as if they had any clue, of how great the game can become! It still has its flaws, but not every game was created perfect. You don't see 1.6 being named 1.6 for no reason. And just because the graphics look like it, CS:GO is NOTHING like CoD or BF.
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Playing the same map for 12 years they dont care about that i guess because they are competitive and are well build.
If they wouldnt like to play many times the same maps with same objects they would have stopped playing after a year or 2.
Valve is putting the same names and same maps for each new version of cs (css and cs go). why ?
because they are great maps thats all.
cs 1.6 is dropped > no sponsors
cs go > new game / new sponsors
CS:GO is a shit game right now. Much like source. It is not an esport!
I remember a german Deltaforce 4 LAN event with a 10.000$ prize purse where a lot of improvised "teams" showed up and eventually some guys who found an exploitable feature of the game won the event. That is the difference between a game and an esport. Just as DF4, CS:GO is not an esport right now, it is random, annoying and not fun to watch at all!
Since nobody is supporting cs1.6 anymore i hope that CS:GO will evolve into an esport someday, but changes should be drastic! The only thing that could keep cs1.6 afloat is the involvement of guys like Murat Arbalet. I wonder how he feels about one of his favorite games slowly dying? (Nix0n do an interview!!! :D)
Just becuse they never played at 1.6 lans dont mean that they havent attended lans.
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