NiKo
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NiKo – Age, Height, Net Worth, Family Status and Complete Biography

Nikola Kovac, also known as NiKo and G2 NiKo, is an expert Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. Presently, he provides his gaming expertise and partners with G2 Esports. It’s a European esports organization headquartered in Berlin, with separate teams competing in tournaments of CS: GO, Valorant, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six Siege, iRacing, and Rocket League.

After delivering exceptional performances with Team iNation from 2012 to 2014, he gained recognition throughout Europe. Such achievements have deservedly placed him as one of the top ten professional CS: GO players of all time globally.

On top of that, he manages to attract large audiences by delivering his Twitch followers with quality gaming content.

Overview

Real NameNikola Kovac
NationalityBosnia and Herzegovina
Birthday 16th February 1997
Height6 feet 1 inch
TeamG2 Esports
Currently PlayingCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
Net Worth$9 million

Family

NiKo hails from a humble family based in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Brčko district. His parents owned an internet café, which served as a gateway to a world of professional gaming for NiKo. Additionally, his parents always supported him throughout his journey.

When it comes to his dating life, NiKo is currently in a relationship with Sara Stojanovic, an Instagram fashion influencer and part-time model. Also, he owns a couple of dogs of the Samoyed breed.

Other Interests

Apart from dedicating most of his time sharpening his CS: GO rifling skills, NiKo loves traveling and exploring famous tourist destinations. His hobbies also include swimming and visiting various beautiful beaches around the globe. Further, his visit to South Beach Miami, Dighali Maldives, and FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai are evidence of the latter.

Moreover, he has a knack for playing snooker, with his favorite snooker player being Neil Robertson.

Gaming Origins

NiKo’s parents introduced him to the world of gaming. They owned an internet café which served as the location where NiKo spent a considerable amount of time gaming.

In 2011, he started playing Counter-Strike 1.6 and soon drew attention from local gaming teams due to his excellent marksman skills. He went on to play for minor teams, such as eu4ia, neWave, maksnet, and DEFUSE.maksnet. After showing his passion for the aforementioned teams as a youngster, his gaming career was kick-started by FullProof, followed by iNation, a regional roster.

Following these initial steps, he primarily focused on reaching gaming greatness with his regional roster. As a result, he turned down the chance to join Mousesports at the age of 18. The gamer hid this contract offer from his parents as he knew they’d ask him to accept it.

Nevertheless, his dreams of attaining success with a regional roster remained incomplete. So, he accepted Mousesports’ second offer in March 2015 and debuted in ESL One Cologne.

His first year with them proved experimental, not successful. Regardless, he had an unmatched reputation for being the best Desert Eagle user of this period.

Later in 2017, he joined FaZe and bagged his first major victories, rising to true popularity.

Professional Career

NiKo is a gifted gamer who started his professional gaming career with iNation in 2012. Although he was a part of the FullProof roster in 2011, it was more of a regional gaming organization. Later in 2015, he decided to play for Mousesports.

Also, qualifying for around 143 tournaments has allowed him to amass $955,000 in prize money.

He is also referred to as G2 NiKo, due to a transfer to G2 Esports in 2020. In simpler terms, he is a skilled CS: GO marksman and secondary AWPer. Additionally, he is a Twitch streamer.

Since he’s consistently named in the top five CS: GO players of the year, NiKo has collected immense respect amongst the most outstanding shooters in the game’s history.

Here are a few highlights from NiKo’s gaming career:

2011:

  • He started playing Counter-Strike 1.6 and joined a local roster named FullProof.
  • While taking breaks from the main roster, he participates in tournaments as part of several squads, some of which are eu4ia, neWave, maksnet, and DEFUSE.maksnet.

2012:

  • INation becomes his first professional CS: GO team.
  • In May, he comes 3rd in the first DEFUSE OPEN and wins an amount of $22.57.

2013:

  • His journey with iNation comes to an end when he joins GamePub.
  • He secures the first position in the Belgrade Gaming Festival and wins prize money of $160.
  • In September, he bags the 3rd- 4th position in EMS One Fall Cup and takes home $20.
  • He compensates for the year by getting placed 3rd in the StarLadder Star Series Season 8 and winning $400.

2014:

  • After quitting GamePub, he joins Team aimface.
  • He wins the SteelSeries CS: GO Calling with prize money of $165, followed by a well-deserved second position ESL SEE Championship and $62 in tournament winnings.

2015:

  • In March, he signed for Mousesports.
  • Due to a sensational rookie run and Deagle ace in the cache, people start referring to Mousesports as Nikosports.
  • He comes first in the Balkan Rising Star tournament on 29th January, along with victories in a few sub-major tournaments, such as ESL Frühlingsmeisterschaft CS: GO Cup 5, ESL Frühlingsmeisterschaft (CS: GO), 99 Damage Arena #9, ESL Sommermeisterschaft CS: GO Cup 1, and Balkan Super Cup LAN #1.
  • Also, he bags the second place in competitions like New Year Invitational, 99 Damage Arena #8, PGL CS: GO Season 1 Group B, and CEVO Season 8 Professional Finals.
  • He earns a total of $16,100 in prize money over a span of 18 tournaments.

2016:

  • He continues playing for Mousesports.
  • By leading the team to a victory in Acer Predator Masters Season 2 Finals, he claims prize money of $4000.
  • To top it up, he ranks 3rd-4th in ELEAGUE Season 1, ESL One: New York 2016 European Qualifier, ESL Pro League Season 4 – Europe, and ESL Pro League Season 4 – Finals.
  • He collects around $61,700 by playing 16 tournaments.

2017:

  • In February, the FaZe clan acquired him to put together a star-studded roster.
  • He won his first major tournament at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3, after which no victories came his way for five months. Next up, he won the second position in Esports Championship Series Season 3.
  • FaZe undergoes reconstruction and brings in two high-performing players of 2015, Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács. Along with Niko, they lead FaZe to consecutive wins in ESL One: New York 2017 and ELEAGUE CS: GO Premier.
  • Towards the end of the year, he defeats his ex-roster, Mousesports, to land a trophy at the Esports Championship Series Season 4. 
  • HLTV names him the second-best player globally, and he amasses $302,000 by participating in 20 tournaments.
  • He develops a significant rivalry with coldzera.

2018:

  • He falls short of the first major of the year, ELEAGUE Major Boston, but takes home IEM Sydney and ESL One: Belo Horizonte with Richard “Xizt” Landström and Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen standing in for olofmeister.
  • In October, he leads FaZe to victory in the EPICENTRE Moscow event, marking his seventh 1st place victory with the clan.
  • Although he possesses better statistics than second-place dev1ce, HLTV names him as the third-best player of the year.
  • Faring well in almost 21 tournaments allows him to earn $201,000 in prize money.

2019:

  • The roster goes through many IGLs due to the removal of karigan.
  • FaZe’s trophy count goes up to 10 as they win the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen and Miami, but the clan isn’t able to qualify for the top 4 in any of the majors.
  • He picks up a few IGL duties and finishes outside of HLTV’s top ten best players list for the first time.
  • He’s able to grab a total of $118,500 from 24 tournaments.

2020:

  • FaZe, along with IGL Kovac, won the European division of IEM New York 2020 Online by defeating OG.
  • After spending a little over 3 years in FaZe’s company, Niko joins G2 Esports.
  • Without any more IGL duties to perform, he ranks four of HLTV’s best players in the world.
  • He earns $63,000 as tournament winnings from 18 tournaments.

2021:

  • He leads G2 to the finals of the PGL Major only to get eliminated by Team Na’Vi.
  • The same team defeats G2 at the finals of IEM XVI Cologne, paving the way for NiKo’s carrier best run in CS: GO LAN for the better part of the year.
  • An exceptional run in 17 tournaments permits him to collect $150,000.

What Is NiKo’s Net Worth?

NiKo has a net worth of $9 million as of 2022. A considerable amount of his overall income is generated from his Twitch channel. Currently, NiKo has almost 585K followers, bringing a substantial boost to his overall value.

How Much Does NiKo Earn?

According to tournament reporting and esports statistics, NiKo earns just above $50,000 per month. During an interview, swooya stated that the best snipers, such as NiKo and s1mple, earn in the above-average range. It’s noteworthy that this figure doesn’t include his earnings from Twitch and the G2 sponsorship deal.

Streaming Hours

Due to professional commitments and a yearlong gaming schedule, NiKo doesn’t have a fixed streaming schedule. However, he streams at least once every month on his Twitch account to connect with his fans and stay in touch with his followers.

His last stream was held on 6th April 2022, from 12:30 AM to 4:00 AM. Furthermore, he also streamed on 5th April 2022, which lasted from 1:30 AM to 4:45 AM.

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Achievements

NiKo has had several achievements in his professional gaming career. A few of them are given below:

  • Voted the 11th best player of 2016 by HLTV
  • Voted the 2nd best player of 2017 by HLTV
  • Voted the 3rd best player of 2018 by HLTV
  • Voted the 11th best player of 2019 by HLTV
  • Voted the 4th best player of 2020 by HLTV
  • Voted the 3rd best player of 2021 by HLTV
  • Voted the MVP of 7 different tournaments

Trivia

Not many people know about this, but when NiKo switched over to G2 Esports from FaZe, he reunited with his cousin, huNter.

He is a 26-year-old professional CS: GO player from Team G2. His real name is Nemanja “huNter” Kovac.

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HUNTER

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