Ninjas in Pyjamas is partnering with Esports Charts, a data-mining and analytical agency for esports, the organization announced today. Esports Charts is “one of the largest public sources of streaming analytics” and it also covers traditional sports and entertainment.
Esports Charts “will provide up-to-date analytical data, which will help Ninjas in Pyjamas make the right decisions,” according to NiP’s announcement.
“As esports continues down the path of professionalization, the value of accurate data grows exponentially,” said Michael Tidebäck, head of product and relations at Ninjas in Pyjamas. “More is unquestionably better, and ESCharts is market-leading when it comes to match tracking statistics.”
Esports Charts is also partnered with Alliance, Fnatic, Team Liquid, StarLadder, TSM, and Astralis. The agency collects, researches, processes, and analyzes data and statistics of live tournaments, real-time in-game events, player and team performances, and even spectator reactions and emotional contexts.
Data analysis is a step toward professionalization in esports. It’s been highly used in traditional sports. A famous example is the 2011 movie Moneyball featuring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
Moneyball is based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 nonfiction book of the same name about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager, Billy Beane. The book and movie portray the start of statistics and analytics being used in baseball, known as sabermetrics.
NiP, founded in 2000, is home to players in CS:GO, Dota 2, VALORANT, FIFA, and Rainbow Six, according to its website.