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XLIVE Esports Summit 2019
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James O'Connor, Pittsburgh Knights - XLIVE Interview Series | 2019 XLIVE Esports Summit

Watch XLIVE's interview with James O'Connor, President & Co-Founder of the Pittsburgh Knights, live from the 2019 XLIVE Esports Summit at the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles!

About The Pittsburgh Knights:  "The Pittsburgh Knights is a modern esports organization that specializes in taking the best practices of traditional sports and introducing them to the esports industry. Our team consists of players that intend to continue the black and gold legacy of the “City of Champions”."


Welcome back to the rooftop of the Ace Hotel here at the opening reception of the XLIVE Esports Summit. I am currently joined by James O'Connor. James, thank you for coming. You're speaking tomorrow, correct?

Yes, sir.

James, for those that are unaware of you and what you do, please tell us a little bit about yourself and the company you work for.

I've been in esports for about a third of my life. I founded an esports team and the Steelers invested in it. So we're in their offices, building a digital sports franchise for the city of Pittsburgh.

And the name of your team is?

The Pittsburgh Knights.

And what games are you guys currently competing in?

Smite Paladins. Anything that pays money.

Haha excellent, excellent. This is your first time here to XLIVE. We met at a different conference earlier this year, but what are you hoping to get out of this event and who are some of the people that you've been able to connect with so far?

Looking forward to meeting great people, learning about different parts of the industry, and so I'm looking forward to meeting one of the experiential marketing people at Columbia Records. That's where I'm headed to right after this interview. And maybe I'll see that guy from Walmart! If I don't meet him, you're in trouble.

Haha you're in charge of your own introductions. James, what are some of the games that you are currently playing right now?

I'm playing being the best esports franchise in the country. My game is to come up with and meet strategic partners to take over the industry.

Awesome. That concludes another interview, here at the rooftop of the Ace Hotel. For everything esports, follow us at @XLIVECON. We'll see you soon!

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