That's a great way to think of us. We are an independent, third-party data analytics platform that looks at players from around the world and tries to grade their raw talent and potential in gaming and esports.
We provide this data (anonymously) to esports scholarship program directors, pro esports talent recruiters, tournament organizations, and more. They are constantly looking for new talent for their pipeline as players leave, switch positions, or new teams are formed. And they struggle mightily with this task, as the in-game leaderboards and statistics are often poor indicators of a player's ability to work in a team and/or win at the highest levels.
As soon as they like a player, they add them to their watchlist and that player gets notified (!!!) that someone is tracking them. As soon as that player is ready to reveal their personal information, we share it with the scout so they may ask questions, make offers, and otherwise interact with the player.
We make their job easier for them and therefore make your job of getting discovered much easier.
No. We are unable to guarantee any individual player a placement for scholarships or pro contracts, however we can guarantee that your statistics from this event will be reviewed and you will receive a comprehensive player report* that helps you understand your skills and helps you get better.
By joining GYO, you're indicating to scouts and talent managers that you want to be found, and that's a major first step. Game leaderboards are anonymous, so scouts don't know who might actually be interested in going pro when they use those tools. But when a player signs up for GYO, the scouts know that the player is trying their best to rise in the ranks of esports, and that immediately puts you on their radar when you may have otherwise been lost in the crowd.
* Subject to availability depending on game. We are adding games as quickly as possible, so check out our supported games and you can see the level of reporting detail available here.
No. We made the event 10 days in order to try to allow for the most possible people to participate, but you do not need to attend all 10 days. The more you attend and play, the more data we get - which is a good thing. However, your quality and consistency of play will win the day, not your quantity.
If you can attend a few weekend? Go for it. Only one day? That's okay too. A1l 10 days? Well, wild-style, you do you and we can't wait to analyze your results.
Do not sacrifice your health, your well-being, your job, or your happiness for this event. This is a stepping stone in your journey, not your only shot. So take care of yourself, and game when you can.
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.
Part of being a pro isn't about skill, it's about dedication. Anyone can wreck noobs on your lightning rig and an environment you're comfortable with. What can you do on a neutral court?
Along with identity verification and other data metrics, the Combine is about proving you're taking Going Pro seriously.
Yes, we do record and analyze your play at home, too. So if you can't attend a facility or there isn't one near you, keep gaming. But the Combine data will be treated and analyzed under a special lens, and we require in-center participation for that.
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.
Casual gamers and those who just like checking out their own statistics welcome to join GYO, participate in the Combine, and review your statistics for free at anytime. All players will receive a base analysis report on their play following the event.
We also offer a GYO Recruiting Service that is specifically for players who want us to help them get scouting. We provide deeper analytics to these players, and put their profiles directly in the hands of teams that we believe they are a perfect match for, increasingly the likelihood that they are seriously considered.
The annual cost of membership is normally $60, but for this event, the cost is just $14! You can purchase a membership in advance here, or register onsite during the combine at any GYO-enabled facility.
At the end of the day, your performance is up to you. We recommend that you practice ahead of the combine, study strategies and game metas of the titles you wish to play, and give it your best shot. Do your best to queue up with the roles and characters that give you the best chance to thrive.
One point of emphasis that we want gamers to understand: winning or losing the matches during this week is mostly inconsequential. Your overall K/D is not the most important factor. Don't press too hard. Instead, we look for metrics that indicate you are a strong team player, you play the role you are being asked to play capably, and you have strong overall performance in that role.
Great players can often fall into losing streaks or get stuck in ELO-hell, and we understand that. Our algorithms work to unearth those players trapped in ruts by looking beyond the wins and losses.
Quite simply, we look less at whether you win or lose and more at whether or not you played your role appropriately and effectively to give your team the best shot at winning.
In team games, the most important quality we look for is that you play well within the team scope and you play your role capably when asked to do so. If you have players on your team that aren't pulling their own weight, we'll be able to detect that, and look at your performance through that spectrum.
If you have a group of friends you play with frequently, we highly recommend you team up with them for this event, even if they do not wish to be scouted. This is simply because with your friends, you'll be able to help ensure that you always get the player/character/role that you desire to showcase, and that can help. If you want to find other players in your area to team up with, you can use our Looking for Group page here.
And if you are solo queueing, don't sweat it too much! Just do your thing, and we'll find you!
A minimum of three matches per title is required during the course of the combine. We recommend playing as many matches as you are able, but don't overdo it. After the Combine is over, we download your entire history of matches for further analysis and the Combine becomes one piece of your entire analytics puzzle.
You may play multiple games during the week as well, and you will be analyzed for your play in each. If you're a "jack of all trades" type player, it may be good to showcase your skills in several titles and genres, as there are many organizations out there focusing in different games!
Unfortunately, participation in this first Combine event does require in-person participation at a GYO-powered facility. We are expanding locations rapidly and intend to host this event multiple times per year, so watch for new announcements and new centers being built near you.
Don't lose hope, however, because your play from home can be analyzed too! Sign up for a GYO free membership and we will analyze your play at home and this, too, will be provided to the scouts and recruiters. It simply will not feature the same highlighting and focus that the combine participants will receive, but it will get you started until you're able to attend an in-person event.
Contact us and let us know. We will contact them and ensure they understand the program and encourage them to join, and remove them from our list if they decide to opt out.
I feel extremely blessed most certainly. It has been absolutely incredible to receive a scholarship offer for playing a game I love - it's like a dream come true. I'm definitely going to be keeping up on GYO.
California, Age 17
Rocket League Scholarship
You never will really succeed if you keep hanging back. You got to go out and try things. You can’t always be skeptical about everything you see.
Georgia, Age 17
This is a good opportunity to get into the league scene and hopefully go pro, but also a great chance to get my college degree.
If you feel like you want to pursue this, then you really have to take that leap of faith and play to your best abilities.
League of Legends Scholarship
It was really cool to get these offers from both these places. I never really had that before. And if there were any opportunity to make something of my talents and video games, I would be all for it. I’m going to enjoy it while I can and earn my degree.
There’s no real downside to it (GYO). If you're going to be playing the game anyways, might as well get something out of it!
Wisconsin, Age 20
League of Legends Scholarship
I was SHOCKED! I didn’t think I even did this properly; I didn’t think I was going to get anything from this. Fast forward, and I woke up to an email that I had someone trying to contact me!
When I played ranked, I would occasionally get contacted by college recruiter, but nothing would happen. But through GYO, it's really good because it allows them to come see you and directly see your stats and find easier ways to contact me. It really helps your name get out there.
Kansas, Age 20
League of Legends Scholarship
Before GYO, I only opened my own doors to competing at my university. However, after one semester, I decided I needed a new home. GYO was a bridge for me to get my talent out of my box, and into the eyes of many.
I got contacted by five coaches for a number of colleges. Thank you GYO for helping me view myself in a new way and opening doors I couldn’t by myself.
Nebraska, Age 19
League of Legends Scholarship
Show them! It doesn’t take much time! All you got to do is log on, play a few games, and your stats will speak for themselves! When you have places like GYO, take advantage of that!
The little time I have to play games, it definitely worth the time to invest in sites like GYO.
Using the Overwolf app and the GYO plugin, you can join the Combine from the comfort of your favorite gaming station.