Who are the Pittsburgh Knights?

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.

Thanks for reading JMSO fans!

-A. Kam

https://www.knights.gg

Video-gaming, a Sport?

One of the biggest new crazes in collegiate sport is e-sports.  E-sports are traditionally multiplayer video games played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers.  However, universities and colleges across the U.S. are added e-sports as an actual sport within their athletics departments.  A few have e-sports as a club sport/organization or under a different department.  Most of the schools that group e-sports under athletics offer scholarships/grants to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and returning students to gain and maintain a competitive e-sports team.  Two of the most common games among the schools are League of Legends and Overwatch.  In the summer of 2016, the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) was created to better establish and regulate e-sports at the collegiate level.  The world of e-sports has grown rapidly over the last few years and shows no sign of dying down anytime soon.

 

Here’s a few sites/articles that go into more detail on the topic if you’re interested:

https://nacesports.org/

http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/23718093/college-league-legends-grows-professional-opportunity

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/22/college-esports-is-set-to-explode-starting-with-the-fiesta-bowl/

https://www.acelesports.org/about/