Dev1ce denies "paycheck stealing" in NiP: "For the entirety of 2022 I wasn't paid" Interview2022-11-15 12:16:00
Astralis' returning AWPer Nikolai "dev1ce" Reetdz commented on the critique of getting paid for spending a year on the bench in Ninjas in Pyjamas. In his interview with Pley.gg, he claimed that he never saw a dime of his salary while inactive. To add to this, dev1ce thinks it is an unfair take, considering he had mental issues during that time.
I don't really read any of the stuff that comes out. I rarely use social media, but it doesn't really surprise me. Negativity is a part of the game, and you make a choice whether you feed off it or you just don't read stuff. It's actually quite easily avoidable.
I want to just state that in the entirety of 2022, I wasn't paid by NiP. Regardless of this, I do feel like people shouldn't be criticized for receiving sick pay if they are unwell.
The Dane moved to NiP in the spring of 2021, but by the end of the season, he went to the inactive roster, where he spent almost a year. In a recent interview, dev1ce explained his problems in detail: the AWPer had constant anxiety, sleeping issues, and borderline panic attacks. He is still working to fix his mental health.
Usually, a contract in CS:GO shouldn't completely negate the salary. A typical approach is to cut some percentage, which may differ from one org to another. Rumor has it that the AWPer also paid a part of his buyout to move to NiP.