How to Conduct a Video Game Tournament

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Video games appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. The success of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in the sale of gaming platforms has helped turn the video game industry into a multibillion-dollar business. Video game tournaments are a fun way to get friends together for a relaxing evening, or they can be used as a fundraiser for a cause or enterprise. The preparation required to conduct a video game tournament depends on its size.

  • Decide how many people you want in your tournament. The size of the tournament will affect needed equipment and venue space. An eight-player tournament can be held in a living room, while a 50-person tournament could require a conference room.

  • Gather the tournament equipment, which will include television sets, game systems, controllers for each system, and multiple copies of your tournament game. If it's a tournament among a small group of friends, all players can chip in by bringing their own systems or helping to pay for system rentals. Larger tournaments need more setups, so you should talk to game shops and electronics stores to see whether any can donate supplies or sponsor your tournament by lending equipment. If you're renting, you need to reserve everything for the day prior to the tournament. You then have time to pick up the equipment and get it installed. You should also have a prize in mind for the winner.

  • Determine the venue. It needs to be able to house all the equipment and all the people expected for the event, and also be able to meet the power requirements for all the TVs and game systems. Hotel conference rooms can be effective for medium-size events, while a convention center might be required for a big tournament. If the tournament is intended as a fundraiser, the venue may give you a price break depending on what your cause is.

  • Advertise your tournament if it is a public event. Use print ads in gaming magazines, print fliers to hand out at gaming stores and events, or visit gaming websites. If you are taking applications for your tournament, print the application on the back of the fliers to save printing costs. If you are taking a registration fee from tournament applicants, you collect it upfront so you have capital to use for the equipment and venue rentals. If you are doing a fundraiser, you need to make clear how much of the entry fee goes towards your cause.

  • Print specific rules for the tournament that every player can read prior to playing.

  • Offer spectator admission and concessions. A small fee for audience members who wish to watch the tournament along with concession sales can go a long way in raising more money for your cause or covering operating costs.

  • Keep score. Use the rules you established for the tournament; have a scoreboard that shows the rankings and who is winning at any given time. This can be done electronically if you have the means or through a simple chalkboard that audience members can read.

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