Running Your First Esports Tournament — Part 5

So what’s next?

Let’s say you’ve done everything, you’ve run your first tournament. There are so many places you can go now but before you start on your next one, you should probably do a wrap up. Learning how to run tournaments is an art that you learn by doing, by experience. I’m still nowhere near the best at it myself but the most important step is to analyse what went well, what went wrong, and what should be changed for the better when your next tournament comes around.

From there, you can play around and get into advanced tournaments! Mess with different bracket types, expand into new games, further your broadcasting capabilities, and support your local esports scene =D. Stuff like…

Spectating, Streaming & Shout Casters -

I honestly wouldn’t recommend running a stream and shout casters for your first tournament. It takes great communication between casters, streamers and admins to coordinate for a pleasant viewing experience.

If you really want to do it all though, it’s not that difficult to find someone who can stream and get some novice shout casters in. Have fun with it and slowly build up a broadcast team! It’s also SUPER fun and adds an impressive layer to your tournaments. Viewing a tournament provides a whole new aspect for the community to connect over and springboards great casters and stream controllers into the esports scene.

Awesome formats -

Double elimination & SWISS tournaments: these formats are for advanced admins, mostly because they require advanced rule sets around tie breakers, second finals match games and upper bracket advantages. There are many ways to go about it but I’d recommend them for your second or third stint in running esports tournaments.

New ways to spectate -

Games like DotA 2 have in-game spectate and shout casting, so people who want to control the camera view and stats but still want to enjoy your fabulous casters can do so! There aren’t many games with the same system so it’s well worth taking advantage of (even if it splits your Twitch viewership). This ties into tournament ticketing as well, which could be an income source for prizes and further tournament support.

Getting involved with charities & schooling institutions -

I grouped these two together because they’re both fantastic at adding legitimacy to esports and gaming as a whole. Not just that, they’re both aimed at gaming for a better cause. Be that the establishment and education of your community, or straight up giving back to an initiative you believe in.

Prize pools and sponsors -

This one is tricky because there can be a lot of legal stuff attached and sponsors can be a handful when it comes to meeting their demands. Seek counsel before you go big for sure and be certain you’re following all the rules.

If you can sort it all out though, it’s a massive step forward for any local scene!


I hope you’ve enjoyed the crap out of this series and that it has helped you start your journey of creating amazing esports tournaments for your local gaming scene. Let me know how your event went and the first few lessons you learned down in the comments! Oh and Tweet to us about it too, we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, and Game On!

Theo // Community Manager
www.leaping-tiger.com