Competitions are one of the oldest types of events in human history. And winning is as enjoyable today as it was for those who lived thousands of years ago. At least that’s what we think. Experts have long since become a global phenomenon. These competitions can bring out really fierce but hopefully friendly rivalries. Let’s cover the basics of organizing a Games tournament.
The basics of the tournament
To get started, here are a few things you will need to consider well before the day of the competition.
Choose your game
What game will your guests be playing? This little question requires a lot of planning. Your choice will have an impact on the duration and date, space, equipment and structure of the competition. For example, a game like Street Fighter does not require an Internet connection or a local area network. Players can simply share screens if the tournament takes place in one physical location. But a game likes Player Unknown: Battlegrounds requires everyone to have their own equipment. It is also important to remember that while some games offer quick and nervous games, others are slow and long.
Know your game
We don’t know why someone would go and organize a tournament for a game they don’t know. So whatever game you choose, make sure you are at least a casual player. If you don’t know anything about the rules or the Metagame, you will be dealing with annoyed players. They expect you to know what you are doing.
At the service of competition
If you’re hosting a game tournament, be prepared to play the role of referee, technical team, human calculator and whatever comes up. A tournament is a living thing, and it requires that you keep it running to function. This also applies to all of the staff you hire.
The choice of place
Once the concept is out of your head and put on paper, your gaming tournament must make one last trip: To the place of the event. Here are the main options available to you:
It is not uncommon for stores these days to sell board games as well as video games. These places can work wonderfully for game tournaments. They all have a space dedicated to card game tournaments or game demonstrations. And as you are going to bring them, new customers, you might even get a good rate. However, they may impose restrictions such as using only products from the store as rewards. Here is a good overview of the UK gaming spaces that host tournaments.
Spaces officially dedicated to events
We are entering the big leagues. This type of place will probably not be your starting point, but the majority of organizers of game tournaments dream that their competitions take place in public spaces dedicated to events.
Large tournaments will actually require such a space: a convention hall, a hotel, a covered stadium, and so on. Sometimes these places are accompanied by staff members to help you with tournaments or electronic equipment that you can use.
As you may have guessed, this is the most expensive option. You will need to charge a substantial entry fee to cover the costs. As a result, in general, only major events will be able to take place there without incident.