Knights Sign Stephen "Abate" Abate as First Smash Bros. Player
The Knights step into the Melee scene with the Luigi legend himself.
PITTSBURGH, PA, December 1, 2017 – The Knights are proud to announce their entry into the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene with their PGH hometown hero, Stephen "Abate" Abate! We consider the Melee scene to be uniquely robust, boasting consistent growth since its release despite minimal support from its developer. We hope Abate is only the first of many Smash players we add to our roster. The Smash community in Pittsburgh is one of our longest standing local partners. Abate is the face of this community and we're pleased that we can support both on the world stage.
"I've lived here long enough where I take a lot of pride in living here, so it's important that the team that I'm associated with also has that pride. I think Pittsburgh's a great city, and it's growing and getting better every year. It feels great to represent the city this way through the Knights.
Short term I think I need to fix some of the parts of my gameplay that are weak. For the past couple of years, I've been kind of semi-retired, and I haven't been taking the tournament scenes that seriously in comparison with how I was previously. A lot of time I'd go to tournaments and that would be my warmup - the first day would be my practice. I wasn't doing anything during the week, I wasn't having smash-fests or going to people's houses to play, so I want to change that.
With the Knights, I want to focus on making my game more competitive in the short term and just changing my mentality, focusing on the wins. Medium to long term, my eyes are definitely on getting top 8 at another national. That was one of the best experiences of my Smash career -- Big House 5 -- and I don't think it's undo-able. I think Luigi is capable of doing it; I think I can do it again."
- Stephen "Abate" Abate
It only took a couple of meetings with Stephen to be drawn in by his charisma and talent. We want to share that experience with the world, both by increasing his exposure online and making tournaments more accessible for him. The Knights are committed to empowering Abate in his ambitious goals for 2018.
The Knights are the first esports team based in the Pittsburgh area. Founded in 2017, we are an organization focused on competing within the global arena of esports, while still making an impact in the local community. Our team includes some of the top Super Smash Bros. Melee ™, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUND©, CALL OF DUTY©, and Hearthstone© players in the world. Our goal is create quality engagement with the local community, the online community, and the esports community at large. Please go to https://www.knights.gg for more information and the latest news on the Knights.