Earlier this week, Ninjas in Pyjamas parted ways with their Dota 2 captain, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev, but the news didn’t come via official channels. SoNNeiko himself announced his departure with a sentence over Twitter stating “I am out from nip !”
While NIP is yet to release an official announcement regarding SoNNeikO’s sudden removal, the team members thanked their captain for the good times together.
In the meantime, Dota 2 personalities from the CIS scene have started to reveal bits of information received from different sources, implying that the executive board at Ninjas in Pyjamas didn’t consult with the team when they decided to remove SoNNeikO. Russian language commentator Vitalii Nikolaevich “v1lat” Volochai announced that he will have SoNNeikO on his podcast to talk about the intriguing decision, but not before the organization releases an official statement. v1lat stated that according to his sources the decision of removing the player was taken by the organization, but it’s unclear if the team members had any involvement.
At the same time, Team Empire manager, Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov posted on the Russian social media platform vk.com that NIP didn’t consult with the players before making the decision. He also speculates that NIP’s new Dota 2 manager will be Allen “Bonkers” Cook, former OG. Seed manager, who will come to the team along with OG. Seed’s captain, Petu “Peksu” Vaatainen.
None of the above are anything more than rumors, for now. However, it is worth mentioning that NIP Dota 2 team manager, Curtis Coffin, who was with the players ever since they were playing under the Chicken Fighters tag, has also announced his departure from NIP on the same day as SoNNeiko, July 7, 2020.
Interestingly enough, the former OG.Seed manager has retweeted Curtis’ post, but he didn’t make any comments.