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Kansas City Has Another Pro Team In The Pioneers

A male gamer seated at a table in a darkened gaming arena wearing a headset with a monitor, keyboard and video game controller in front of him.
Florian Olivo
The purses in international esports competitions can exceed $25 million.

Kansas City's esports team can draw more viewers than Sporting KC or the Kansas City Royals.

One study estimates that global esports and the game streaming industry is expected to be worth $3.5 billion by 2025. The Pioneers were founded in 2019 with a mission "to use the power of esports to champion diversity, inclusion and opportunity to players and fans." We talk with the team's founder and a major new addition to its roster for an inside look at an industry where competitors can make their fortune playing video games.

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