Royals x Pioneers: Kansas City MLB team and partner esports organization to host training camp ahead of HCS event


Halo InfiniteThe second Major of the HCS Kansas City will begin on April 29 with the presence of American and international teams. With teams arriving over the next few days, a three-day pre-tournament training camp has been announced, taking place at none other than the home of MLB’s Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium.

This training camp has been announced and will be hosted by the Kansas City Pioneers, one of several esports organizations participating in the Major. The crossover of Kansas City’s MLB team and its premier esports organization is one of the first in the industry, according to the Pioneers’ announcement tweet. Training camp will take place from April 26-28, with a limited number of teams in attendance and all preseason game action streamed live on Twitch from the stadium’s Diamond Club.

The teams present are all particularly successful teams in Halo Infinitethe first months of tournaments, both in North America and in Europe. While Europe’s No. 1 team Acend is surprisingly absent from the roster, Natus Vincere and Quadrant will be in training camp. On the North American side, OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan, eUnited, Sentinels, G2 Esports, G1, and the Pioneers themselves are all confirmed to be among them.

The high-level training camp should prove to be an extra slice of marketing and hype for the already highly anticipated Kansas City Major. But without Cloud9 present, it will be difficult to clearly assess the favorites for the title and the trophy before the weekend. C9’s winning streak since last December’s HCS Raleigh was cut short at last week’s FaZe Invitational following a loss to new roster OpTic.

You can catch all the training camp action from Kauffman Stadium via the Xbox Twitch channel from April 26 to April 28 ahead of the start of HCS Kansas City on April 29 live from the official Halo channel.

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