The Esports Combine™ Becomes Global Online Event

September 18, 2020 - News

The Esports Combine Becomes Global Online Event

The dawn of a new age for esports


FRANKLIN, INSeptember 17, 2020 – The Esports Combine presents a new era of esports for any player to go big or go home. This October 16-18, esports players across the world looking to showcase their skills in front of scouts and recruiters will be given the opportunity to do so online. The Combine serves as a celebration of esports and its ever-increasing place in the academic world and will help players receive varsity team offers and scholarships from colleges and universities throughout North America.


The event will feature:

  • A video game skills combine for featured players to show off their abilities for recruiters at the event
  • Exhibition matches between top players across five different gaming titles featured on Twitch
  • Informative Panels and Workshops moderated by esports industry experts and school program leaders, including but not limited to:
    • Gaming Careers Sessions
    • The Business and Law of Esports
    • Learning How to Be an Esports Pro
    • Virtual Reality and the Bridge from Traditional Sport to Esport
  • Regional College Fair Sessions
  • Recruiting Sessions for schools and players to meet virtually


The Esports Combine will showcase skill sets from thousands of esports players seeking to get recruited, features dozens of industry speakers and influencers, and expects to host more than 1,500 players, school leaders, esports industry experts and media online.


“This event will be grand and will give incredible opportunities to the many athletes we have looking to join professional esports teams or get recruited by schools,” said Bill Dever, Chief Strategy Officer at Harena Data. “In addition to the skills challenges and competitions, this is a spectacle for all things esports and professionals will have plenty of chances to network, create deals, and celebrate the industry.”


“With high-level esports analytics through our GYO Score platform, we’re keen on delivering the most advanced online recruiting esports event ever,” said Shawn Smith, Chief Product Officer at Harena Data. “While analytics tell just part of the story, combining them with the opportunity to network with recruiters and industry peers will make for a powerful experience.”


While this year’s event is virtual, the concept was originally scheduled to take place in the Indiana Convention Center before COVID concerns forced a change of scenery. Through a partnership with Indiana Sports Corp, the goal remains to bring a tremendous esports event to the city of Indianapolis in 2021, with the virtual event serving as a teaser for what will be once it is safe to congregate in large groups once more.


The Esports Combine™ will take place October 16th-18th virtually through an online portal that will organize the events, panels, and workshops.


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 30,000 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.


Media contact:

Harena Data

Director of PR & Communications

[email protected]

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