Tommy "Potti" Ingemarsson

In June 2000, Tommy "Potti" Ingemarsson and Tootzi founded NiP as a LAN-based clan. Over time, more players joined and NiP begin making their mark on the Swedish Counter-Strike scene. After some mediocre results, Potti went to SK Gaming and the NiP clan remained suspended until 2005.
In 2002, Potti made the case of him being the best player in the world and sustained that level throughout the following years. During that, more individually-biased, era Potti won Babbage's CPL, two of the four European CPLs, placing second and fourth in the other two, and the first ever World Championship event. In the post-1.5 release era, in spite of the aforementioned changes to the game, Potti continued to rack up titles to add to his resume, winning three more American CPLs, a WCG gold medal and two more European CPL titles. Despite attending a total of 15 CPL events during his career, European and American combined, Potti never placed below fourth at one. He won nine of those 15 CPL events and on 12 occasions was playing in the final. He also played on the only Swedish CS team to ever capture WCG gold.
Top prize money:

Event Prize money: tournament Prize money: team Prize money: player
2003 CPL Summer $200.000 $60.000 

$12.000 

2001 CPL Winter $150.000  $50.000 

$10.000 

World Cyber Games 2003 $70.000 $40.000 

$8.000   

Total Earnings: $309.904    

Emil „HeatoN“ Christensen

Emil Pathric William Christensen (born 14 June 1984 in Stockholm), alias HeatoN, is a former Swedish professional Counter-Strike player, formerly playing as captain of the gaming team Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). He is widely considered as one of the best Counter-Strike players of all time. Emil's first hobby was ice hockey, but he retired because of injury. A friend (CS player fRa1L, from RevolutioN) told him to try Counter-Strike. Christensen was part of the original Ninjas in Pyjamas team of 2001 which won the Cyberathlete Professional League World Championship that year. He and the other members of Ninjas in Pyjamas went on to become the foundation to the highly successful SK Sweden, one of the most successful teams in electronic sports history. Christensen led SK Gaming to the World Cyber Games Counter-Strike championship in 2003 and to 4th place in 2004.
Christensen was nominated for Best Counter-Strike Player of the Year in 2004, losing out to SK Gaming teammate, Tommy "Potti'" Ingemarsson. He was selected for the Global Gaming League European Counter-Strike All-Star team in 2005.At the beginning of 2005 he and the rest of SK Sweden chose not to renew their contracts with SK Gaming and re-formed NiP. Since then some of the NiP players moved back to SK Gaming but Christensen and others have stayed on at Ninjas in Pyjamas. NiP are now competing at professional LAN tournaments again, after a hiatus in which SpawN joined after HeatoN decided to take time off for personal reasons.

Event Prize money: tournament Prize money: team Prize money: player
2003 CPL Summer $200.000  $60.000 

$12.000 

2001 CPL Winter $150.000 

$50.000

$10.000 

World Cyber Games 2003 $70.000 $40.000 

$8.000   

Total Earnings: $350.500