Organize your First Tournament
Whether you're a tournament organizer at heart, or have participated in tournaments and now wish to move forward and organize your own, Toornament is the platform to go, with a huge range of settings and possibilities for you to create your dream competition.
In this article, we're going to see how to create and run your very first tournament, nice and steady.
Once you're registered and logged in on Toornament, head over your Organizer Dashboard and let's play!
1. Create the tournament
In your Organizer Dashboard, you're gonna see this button to create a new tournament. Simply click it, and fill in the required information. As always, the more the better, as it will allow your participants to learn all they need to know about the tournament they're about to play in!
If you have other administrators to manage the tournament with you, we have a whole Permissions System to let you organize things and have everyone able to do his job!
2. Choose a structure/format
The next step is for you to choose what kind of tournament you want to play. How many participants are you going to pit against each other? Will they all play a League or Swiss System? Or maybe you want to split them into several Groups, and then seed the best ones in a Bracket? The choice is yours, and if you need a hand making your pick, we got some advice for you: how many phases to play and which format to choose.
3. Manage your participants
It's now time to open your registrations! Don't hesitate using Custom Fields for your participants to fill, if you need more information about them when they register.
Alternatively, you can also manually create participants directly in your tournament, but you will have to fill in their Toornament Account Emails in the info to make sure they can enjoy everything the platform has to offer.
4. Publish your tournament
Next logic step, unless you prefer keeping your tournament private, is publishing it, so that potential participants can find it, and apply for registration.
Publishing your tournament will make it visible to everyone both on the website and the mobile app, doubling the chances that people will stumble upon it and register!
5. Place your participants
When your participants are created, or accepted through registrations, your next mission is to place them in the structure you've created. The detailed process is explained here, but to make it quick, you get to choose which stages each participant will play in, who they're gonna face, when and in what order.
6. Enter match results
In most of the cases, match results will have to be manually entered. If you enabled the Participant Report, your participants will be able to report their results after each match they play in your tournament, both on the website and the mobile app. You'll only be needed in case a dispute emerges.
As of now, two exceptions to this rule of thumb, with the LOL Tournament Codes and CS:GO eBot, allowing you to automatize the result report.
7. Share your tournament
You have a nice tournament, up and running, now is the time to share it with the world! By the way, if you opted for the Registration process for your participants, this part comes way earlier, because you will have to share the tournament for participant to register in it. A few rules of thumb here are to make your front page look good, to try and attract the spotlight and to promote your tournament.
8. BONUS: Get creative with our API
For more advanced organizers, or professional ones, we have a free and open API that can help you improve your video and/or stream production with statistics overlays, results and the likes of it. It can also be used to develop tools to ease your life with tournament's management!
Another great application would be the creation of stats infographics, like this one for the Just Dance World Cup.