Esports Combine Launching in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS – Franklin-based Harena Data Inc. and the Indiana Sports Corp. have launched an organization designed to promote esports throughout Indiana. As part of the mission, Indiana Esports Development LLC will host The Esports Combine Indianapolis this September.
The organization says the combine will serve as “a celebration of esports and its ever-increasing place in the academic world.”
The event will feature at least six large tournaments, educational training sessions and roundtables, a Shark Tank-like pitch session, regional and national league play, and a college league showcase, among other attractions.
“Esports currently doesn’t have a similar path to pros in the same vein that traditional sports does and we’re changing that now,” Derek Pew, chief executive officer of Harena Data, said in a news release. “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.”
Harena Data last year launched its GYO platform, which it says uses artificial intelligence to analyze data among esports players. Chief Product Officer Shawn Smith says the combine will also provide in-depth esports analytics to assess and evaluate prospects.