Pittsburgh’s official esports team has finally found its Mr. Right — or in this case, Mr. Rooney. It’s been 18 months since the Pittsburgh Knights’ official launch party in Hazelwood . Since then, they’ve recruited several top players and formed world-ranked teams in games such as “Smite” and “Paladins” to go along with their already established “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG) squad, which placed fifth in the finals of last year’s PUBG Global Invitational. Now the city’s first professional esports franchise has moved to one of the Steelers’ offices on the North Shore and — after months of negotiations — formed a partnership with the Steelers and team President Art Rooney II that could change the Pittsburgh sports landscape. “We’re working hand in hand,” said Omar Khan, Steelers vice president of football and business administration.
“They’re coming on board and working closely with our people. We wanted to not only get an idea of how their business works, but for them to see how our business works and see if there are ways for us to collaborate and grow our respective areas in our business.” “They were our ideal partners, and we’re blessed to have them as partners,” Knights co-founder/CEO James O’Connor said.
O’Connor said a partnership between the Knights and the Steelers was one of his ultimate goals when launching the esports franchise along with co-founder Rob Lee. Members of the Steelers’ staff have taken some of the Knights’ workers under their wing and shared their business models for various operations, such as marketing, sponsorships and merchandise. The Steelers are also providing the Knights with financial management and public relations support, and the two franchises are in the early stages of developing plans for Heinz Field to host esports events. The Knights are releasing a line of […]
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