Harena Data and Indiana Sports Corp Announce The Esports Combine Indianapolis

May 14, 2020 - News

Harena Data and Indiana Sports Corp Announce The Esports Combine Indianapolis

An esports combine for esports athletes to demonstrate their skills


WESTFIELD, INMay 14, 2020Harena Data Inc., in partnership with not-for-profit Indiana Sports Corp, has formed Indiana Esports Development LLC. Its sole purpose is to promote esports in Indiana on an academic, amateur and professional level. One of the first efforts of this entity is the launching of The Esports Combine Indianapolis. This convention will take place Sept. 25-27, 2020 and serve as a celebration of esports and its ever increasing place in the academic world.


The Combine will feature:


  • 6+ large tournaments
  • Educational Training Sessions
  • Educational Roundtables
  • Live Streaming
  • Shark Tank-like pitch session
  • College League Showcase
  • Regional and National League Play
  • Exhibit Floor
  • Esports Analytics Lab


“Esports currently doesn’t have a similar path to pros in the same vein that traditional sports does and we’re changing that now,” said Derek Pew, CEO of Harena Data.”By centralizing one main stage for athletes to shine, we’re removing the barrier that many athletes face in today’s industry and giving them all an equal playing field.”


“What’s unique about this opportunity is that along with the challenges at the combine, we’ll be providing in-depth esports analytics to properly assess and evaluate all of the prospects,” said Shawn Smith, Chief Product Officer of Harena Data. “With our insights, teams and coaches will get a full analysis to see how well prospects can fit with their team, the potential they have, and how tournament-ready they are now.”


The combine will showcase the skills of thousands of esports players, have more than 100 industry speakers and influencers, and host to more than 1,500 businesspeople and media.


“The biggest takeaway is that this isn’t just another esports event. We’re setting a precedent for how the esports industry as a whole should be as a standard,” said Bill Dever, Chief Creative Officer of Harena Data. “We’re bringing together top athletes with world-class organizations to create an ecosystem that will change the future of esports management. Players no longer have to wait to be discovered. This is their time. We’re hoping that by the end of September, the global crisis we’re facing will be less dangerous to our attendees. We’ll be proactively setting cautious measures to ensure safety is a top priority.”


“This event is creating a positive impact for the global esports industry as well as bringing a huge economic gain to everyone involved,” said Ryan Vaughn, President of Indiana Sports Corp. “Esports is a multi-billion dollar industry and we’re just scratching the surface on the trickle-down effects this will have on players, teams, communities, and organizations. For Indiana, this will move the needle towards making us a keystone of the esports industry.”


Interested teams, players, media, and sponsors can register here.


The Esports Combine Indianapolis will take place Sept. 25-27, 2020 at the Indiana Convention Center.


More information about the event can be found here.


Media interviews with the organizers are available by emailing the media contact below.


About Indiana Sports Corp

Founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission, Indiana Sports Corp is a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing premier sporting events to Indiana to drive economic vitality, facilitate a vibrant community with civic pride and garner positive media attention. Because of this, Indiana Sports Corp is able to provide positive, sports-related opportunities for youth in the community. For more information, please visit IndianaSportsCorp.org.


About GYO

GYO Score is an esports and gaming data analytics platform that seeks to support gamers and esports at all levels. With its game data analytics tools, team management, player profile, and league tool systems, GYO supports gamers and esports-enthusiasts of all competition levels to pursue their dream of esports stardom and community building. To date, GYO Score has helped facilitate over 200 esports scholarship offers and boasts more than 25,000 players on its platform since it launched in September 2019. To learn more about GYO, please visit www.gyo.gg.


About Harena Data, Inc

Founded in 2017, Harena Data has developed GYO Score to be a data analytics, league development, and player management tool for the esports industry. The principles of Harena Data have a strong background in esports, event management, motion picture production, and telecommunications. In addition to GYO Score, Harena Data specializes in esports consultation regarding the development and deployment of esports venues, scholastic esports programs, and esports league concepts.

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