No, they’re not Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Reaves, Deryk Engellend, James Neal, and David Perron.
The Pittsburgh Knights are a professional eSports organization out of Pittsburgh, PA. Their goal is to build a legacy to contribute to the “City of Champions” through their sponsorship by the Steelers. They compete in Super Smash Bros., PUBG, Hearthstone, Fortnite, Paladins, and Gwent. The Knights aim to be the paragons of eSports by winning and defending championship titles.
They ensure that their teams and competitors are well-supported in their competitive efforts. This past December they put together an all-female PUBG team called the Dames of PUBG, promoting diversity and inclusion in eSports. In general, eSports is the perfect platform to promote and enforce a gender balance in the sports world as men don’t have a natural, physical advantage over women as they do in most sports.
One of the owners, James O’Connor, stated that they “… see the Knights as being the fourth major global franchise in Pittsburgh…” which may be a slight shun to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Pittsburgh’s professional soccer team that plays in the USL. Either way it’s a tall statement to live up to. The Knights may be the talk among gamers in the greater Pittsburgh area, but they’re not a household team name. They have a long way to go to have their name alongside the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. It will be interesting to see if they can accomplish this feat in the future.
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