Chris Higgins . People . Tuesday 10th November 2015 . 15:00
The Swedish eSports organisation Ninjas in Pyjamas has removed CEO Per Lilliefelth from his position after allegations that players have not received their salaries were levied last week.
The company announced the ‘necessary organisational changes’ on Sunday, beginning with the immediate sacking of Lilliefelth.
Unnamed sources close to the organisation told journalist Richard Lewis that CS:GO players were yet to receive $340,000 in prize money and deferred salaries as a result of in-game sticker sales.
Excuses given to the players ranged from tournaments not having paid the organisation, to the players themselves failing to meet contractually obliged streaming hour quotas.
“As CEO of a company, Per is the individual ultimately responsible for the business, and since he is a pragmatic person he accept responsibility for the mistakes that have been made,” NiP said in a release statement. “As a result of the recent challenging period we have decided to execute the changes earlier than initially planned.”
Former Trigono AB CEO Patric Jonsson will serve as interim CEO until next year, when it is hoped that current Chairman of the Board Hicham Chahine will transition to the role in the first half of 2016.