The Esports Combine - LIVE and Virtual Convention
The Esports Combine - LIVE and Virtual Convention

The Esports Combine - LIVE and Virtual Convention

Convention & Combine

March 6-8

Online Qualifiers
Feb 28-Mar 5

Player Cost
Game Titles
  • League of Legends
  • Rocket League
  • Smite
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Apex Legends
  • Valorant
  • + more

Questions / Help

Welcome to the GYO Esports Combine! The Combine was developed to specifically help players better understand their own strengths and weaknesses so they can take the journey towards esports scholarships and superstardom.

The Combine is NOT a tournament or league, and does not operate like most traditional competitions. So with that in mind, please take time to understand our process to ensure you maximize your opportunity.

Along the way, you may run into technical issues, bugs, or venue staff members who don't exactly know what to do. With that in mind, remember the golden rule: If you play and record your sessions, we can usually fix any issues later.

Even for automated titles, recording your gameplay is a great idea as it begins to give you footage to show off your skills. So... when in doubt, record it!

Support Chat

Our support techs will be available throughout the week of the Combine. If we aren't live, leave us a message and we'll get back quickly!

You can find our list of titles for the combine when you register and here. We have both automated and manual titles, so make sure you understand which format we have for your favorite games.

Manual titles require one of our Experience Combine Coordinators to review (via a steaming platform of your choice) and record your data while automated titles are already tracked and analyzed through a software.

You can play as many hours as you want during the combine dates. As for how many hours should you play, it depends on you. Don’t overexert yourself, be sure to take breaks, hydrate, and eat. Just know that the more data we have, the better we can analyze you.

You are going to have good and bad days, we all do, but try to have at least 6 games you feel are good.

You can either screenshot the end of match summaries or stream it (Twitch, Mixer, other streaming platforms) and submit it through the Play Sessions management portal.

Note: please DO NOT skip over the summary or go through that screen quick. If our Experience Combine Coordinator cannot see the match results then, they cannot record your data.

Yes, all footage must be recorded during the combine. We will be able to tell based on the upload dates shown on the streaming platform.

You will provide us with the video stream links in the Submit Game Data pop up window, this is located in the Combine Session area when you click Submit Gameplay. Please make sure to title your streams as GYO Combine.

Log on and go to your combine page. On the left side of the screen, scroll down till you see a box called Combine Session. Click Start New Session, play as much as you want, and be sure to hit the End Session. We will collect any gameplay data until you hit End Session so do not forget to end your gaming session.

Yes, we recommend all players submit gameplay footage from their sessions. While our automated trackers will pick up a lot of data automatically, there can be technical errors or issues that prevent data recording. So your gameplay footage serves as a backup, and a highlight reel for your play.

You can do it after you finish playing for the day or at the end of the combine. Just do not forget to provide links and/or screenshots. However, the sooner you submit the sooner the Combine Experience Coordinator can go through your data.

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Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

The goal of the Combine is to collect statistics, data, and measurements that are often not focused on in-game. Therefore, it is important that players understand what we are looking for and what we are measuring.

In short, we look for player potential in a couple key categories: Raw ability, teamwork, and meta understanding.

We won't tell you exactly what we're looking at, because we know players will game the system. But we can give you some basic advice to help you succeed.

  • Relax. This is the important one. If you try to change your game up or press too hard or feel like you need to force a win, you're more likely to create negative data than positive data. With that said...
  • Play to your strengths. This is not the opportunity to play new characters or new positions you are uncomfortable with. Play your best game and best characters that you possibly can. If another player or teammate selects your favorite character or role, then go ahead to your fall-back position and role, but where possible, play the spot you best want to be recognized for.
  • Wins and losses really don't matter. That seems weird, but we're looking for context more than we are victories. You can go 0--10 in the Combine and still have a strong score. ELO Hell and poor play from teammates will not hurt you here, so long as you are playing the game the right way.
  • Kills also are overrated. Don't go crazy thinking you need to get a bunch of kills. If you play a character that SHOULD get a bunch of kills, then do that.... but don't pressure yourself. If you're a support player, then support your team appropriately and a poor K/D will not hurt you.
  • Don't tilt. We can tell when players go toxic. We're more impressed often by players who go on a long losing streak, but their play level stays high or consistent. It's easy for players to give up, quit, or play in stupid ways because they are frustrated. Show mental toughness and don't let losing tilt your gameplay.

In a nutshell, here's the golden rule question: Did you play your role appropriately to give your team the best chance to win? If you did, then we'll be able to analyze that and showcase that even though your team lost.

No. The extended period of time is intended to allow the most possible participants to play without needing to disrupt their normal lives and schedules. You can play one day, or you can play all 10, and the only difference is the amount of data we'll have collected for you.

More data is better, yes, but only participating in a limited fashion will not prohibit your ability to participate or be scouted.

Do not compromise your job, health, or happiness to participate. Make sure you are comfortable and can play under your own parameters!

ggLeap is an automated software that runs many of the LAN centers in our network. This software specifically integrates with GYO so that we can do automated data tracking and analysis.

When you go to your center, they will instruct you on the details of how to connect to the ggLeap account and how you then link your account to GYO. If the center does not have ggLeap, you will need to revert to manual tracking.

ggLeap Instructions

The more data we have, the better. But with that said, don't kill yourself to play 24-hour marathons.

At a minimum, we recommend all players complete at least 5 games that they feel good about. That doesn't mean you won or lost those games, it means you played a role that you enjoy playing, you played it capably, and you did your job.

If you can do more, then please do! The more data we have, the better we can analyze you.

No. In general, solo queue players are not treated any differently than players in teams, so do not feel forced to play with others if you are uncomfortable doing so.

If you have a friend group that you like playing with, then we do recommend you play with them, even if they themselves do not participate in the Combine. Why? Because you likely are comfortable and know each others roles, and you can instruct friends not to play the characters you want to highlight. In solo queue, someone else might pick your character or role, but if you know your team members, that's less likely to happen.

So invite your friends along, or join with new team mates at your local center who are also playing.

We do not own or set pricing for any venues (see next question). Therefore, we cannot comment on any specific pricing and recommend you call your local venue to find out their rates.

We have recommended that each venue setup bulk pricing to enable you to play for multiple sessions and when the venues share pricing with us, we do our best to display it on the site.

No, we are a software company and our software looks at player game data and thanks to our partnership with ggLeap, our software runs automatically within these venues.

The venues are all owned and operated independently, and each one will set its own rules, pricing, and policies for participation. We highly recommend you call your local center prior to attending to make sure you understand their policies.

We are not responsible for any policies set by the venues, or if the venues decide not to participate.

All gamers 18+ are welcome to participate. For gamers between the ages of 13-17, you are also able to participate but we do require parental consent prior to you being able to be contacted by college recruiters and/or pro scouts. Under 13 are not allowed to participate, sorry!

For those of you in the 13-17 range, this is a great opportunity to earn collegiate scholarship. If you need help convincing mom and dad, share this link with them.

Some games do not yet have automated processing features, and all console titles are not yet ready for automated processing.

If you wish to participate in the Combine on console or with these titles, we will manually record your statistics for you. However, we need you to send us recordings and/or pictures of your games.

Find out how the process works here: Manual Process

Find out what we need from specific titles: Manual Game Titles Screens

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Indiana Fairgrounds

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