Naniwa faced a lot of personal problems during his Warcraft 3 career. He briefly touched upon this subject in an interview with Gravitas Gaming. Naniwa explained how personal issues, including being kicked out of home and school, built up an anger inside of him which he took out against opposing players. Because of this Naniwa was accused of BM from time to time and frequently forced to switch teams. These problems seemed to follow him into his StarCraft 2 career. Naniwa continued to cause controversy including switching teams many times before finally arriving on Team Dignitas in January of 2011.
Since then Naniwa seems to have been able to put those troubles behind him. He has established himself as one of the strongest players outside Korea, showing consistent results at tournaments. He’s become known for his serious and determined attitude toward the game, always vowing to improve and never being content with second place.
Statement from Dignitas
Dignitas owner Michael O`Dell has released Johan from the remainder of his contract and allowed him to sign with us today. Mr. O`Dell stated, “Team Dignitas chose not to re-sign Naniwa because we feel he no longer fits into our team. We have released him and wish him the best in the future.”
Statment from compLexity
“Naniwa has proven himself to be one of the best StarCraft 2 players in the world,” stated Jason Lake, CEO of compLexity Gaming. “We have spent the past couple weeks in long discussions with him and we’re confident his amazing dedication and work ethic will reap great rewards in the future. We’re very excited to have him join our organization.”