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Aaron “Clairvoyance” Kim has been Ninjas in Pyjamas’ coach for the past four months. He joined NiP at the beginning of February, on a three-month trial period as he explains today in a very long post that makes for heavy reading.
Clairvoyance titles his post “Lies and Deceit – My departure from Ninjas in Pyjamas & Peterpandam.” It reads like a saga, but the main claims of his are that Ninjas in Pyjamas’s CEO Hicham Chahine avoided to meet him the entire time he worked for NiP and that he didn’t even show up at two scheduled meetings due to being somewhere “up in the mountains where they had no internet access.”
Clairvoyance says that NiP owes him somewhere between $16,000 to 17,875, but the only unpaid contractual salary is from March 2019. That’s a $3,500 debt, the rest being verbal agreements, which Aaron Kim claims he had with NiP’s captain, Peter “ppd” Dager, and with the organization’s CEO.
NiP’s former coach paints a villain image of ppd who apparently was down to accept a 7.5% prize money cut from the OGA Dota PIT Minor, but then, he went back on his words and told to his coach that the final offer is 5% and that he should “take it or leave it.” Clairvoyance says that he has chat logs and even recordings of his conversations with ppd and with the NiP CEO, and he threatens to make these public if his debts are not paid. However, he also admits that he tried to record ppd on the night of March 31st when he had his extensive face to face talk with the captain, but the recording app failed and now he holds only a record of white noise.
From a screenshot he already revealed, Clairvoyance asked for a $5,000 monthly salary from NiP after the trial period, but his new contract was never presented to him. NiP’s CEO, mister Hicham Chahine, also said to him that he was waiting for the team to decide if they want to accept the prize pool cut for the coach or not. As for Clairvoyance’s time with NiP during April, the CEO bluntly replied to him that they never agreed for what he is he trying to invoice.
“My departure from Ninjas in Pyjamas has been one of the most bitter experiences in my life. The absurdity of the situation will forever bewilder me, and it’s taken a severe toll on my life in the last month – I have not been eating much, I went to bed everyday wondering if I should message about the money the next day and what response I would be met with, or in the last few days, if I should go public,” Clairvoyance says in his TwitLonger post, where he also links an eight pages final words about NiP. He goes into details of what made him a good coach for NiP and he gives bits of several private conversations he had with ppd and other team members. However, for now, he didn’t release too much material to back up his stories about those private conversations.
As of yet, neither Ninjas in Pyjamas nor ppd made any official comments or statements regarding the situation.