In our effort to accompany all esports initiatives that come our way, we have worked with the team of Esports Virtual Arenas to deliver a world first for players and spectators alike: a competition played in a Virtual Reality Esports Stadium.
It was played on After-H, a free team-based VR shooter accessible to all owners of VR headsets, playable in large-scale arcade setups for a truly immersive experience, like what we saw during the Paris Games Week:
The tournament started online with a qualification phase, and the finals were played live in the EVA Stadium. The management of the participants and structure was made easy thanks to Toornament, along with the communication around the results and schedule, thanks to our sharing modules:
“We were looking for an easy way to organize and keep track of our After-H competitions; and Toornament has provided us exactly that! We can now open registrations for a tourney in no time, update the tournament results as the games are being played and integrate customized widgets in our blog posts. Everybody can browse through the competition history, which comes very handy when live streaming phases of the tournament. Ever since we’ve started using Toornament for our competitive events, we’ve seen VR arcade doing the same and organize their own internal After-H championships via Toornament!“, says Eloïse BEUVANT, Communication Director at EVA.
We strongly believe that VR has its place in the esports landscape, among the giants that are the MOBA, Shooters and other Card Games. We can not wait to see what the future holds with actors like EVA paving the way, providing them and their community with the tools they will need to develop the scene.
Taking part and following competitions from all around the world has been made easier, with all levels of play integrated on the platform:
Weekly Online Tournaments
The platform is a true white-label website, based on the game’s visual identity and focusing on a great mobile experience.
We have also created custom-built features for the platform, such as a complete Team Management system, with roles and advanced roster lock rules.
The whole system is revolving around the Microsoft login system, which allows participation with the same account used to play the game.
“This new esports platform offers the community a unique environment in which all players can find their match to play Gears competitively. We are working hand in hand with Toornament to make it the best experience for all players, and provide them with everything they need to make their Gears Esports journey a great one,” says Silviu Stroie, CEO of PGL Esports.
After the success of the first year, Riot Games has decided to continue using Toornament to organize the French Collegiate League known as the ‘Grosse Ligue’.
More than 650 teams, amounting to close to 4,000 students, have registered for this third season through a custom-built registration form present on the official website.
The competition splits the teams based on regional and skill criteria, with 36 tournaments featuring different structures and match formats depending on the number of participants:
Matches are using the LOL Tournament Codes feature to create the match lobbies in game, and automatically report the scores and upload data after it is played.
All-in-all, Toornament allows for a complete competitive environment for students, from registration in the regional qualifiers to the national finals.
Another great competition is currently organized thanks to Toornament: the Brawl Ball Cup #1, by PSG Esports & Supercell.
The competition will start early November with 3 qualifiers of up to 512 teams each, from which 7 teams will arise to join the PSG Esports Brawl Stars team in online playoffs. The grand final will be played offline in the iconic PSG stadium, the Parc des Princes.
Brawl Ball is a game mode of Brawl Stars, the 5th game by Supercell. It pits two teams of 3 brawlers in a match somewhat similar to football, where you need to put the ball in the goal of the opposite team. You just have access to guns to make things interesting… The team that scores 2 goals, or has the most goals when the timer ends, is declared the winner.
So if you think you have what it takes, gather two friends and register to the qualifiers on Toornament to try your skill against the best European teams!
As the tradition dictates, you will see another Call of Duty game released this year, but if this one gives you a sense of déjà-vu, it might be for the best. Indeed, this year’s installment of the series is a soft reboot of one of its most critically-acclaimed titles: Modern Warfare.
There has been a remastered version already, but this one truly is a game from 2019! Expect a new campaign in breathtaking environments, and lots of multiplayer action taking advantage of the most recent technology for immersive and engaging gun-play.
The discipline is of course already available on Toornament for you to organize all of your COD: Modern Warfare tournaments, whatever the game mode or rules you want to use!
League of Legends is one of the most prolific esports title currently in existence, and it was only a matter of time before Riot Games put their experience, energy and money towards new titles. It is now official, as big announcements have been made for next year, with updates, ports and new games are coming into the fray.
The new PC Launcher was a first hint that things were in motion, and Riot Games did not disappoint during their 10 Years Anniversary Event. Here is a quick overview of competitive novelties to expect in the foreseeable future.
League of Legends
The historic title will have its early Pre-Season patch, that will drastically change how things are done on the Summoner’s Rift, with new Elemental effects linked to the dragons, map changes and a new champion, Senna.
The game will also get to our mobile devices and consoles, under the name Wild Rift, for an official League of Legends MOBA experience via touch screens and pads. Pro Leagues and an esports circuit are still a long shot, but are to be expected!
Legends of Runeterra
Riot Games announced a Card Game, based on the Runeterra lore (the world in which League of Legends takes place), involving classic LoL champions. It is hard not to think about Hearthstone when seeing it, but it has a distinct feel and interesting new mechanics, and also draws inspiration from more complex games such as Magic The Gathering.
The emergence of a Pro Scene is almost a certainty at this point, so stay tuned, as the game is currently accepting pre-registrations for a glimpse at the game, and a closed beta early 2020.
This game, that has not been officially named yet, will be a Versus Fighting Game (not unlike Street Fighter or Tekken), that will pit League of Legends characters. There are not much information to exploit right now, as only a few images could be seen during the Riot Games Event.
Figthing Games are among the first ever games that saw a fully-fledged competitive scene, stemming from the arcade age, so it’s only logical that Riot Games, apparently willing to leave its mark on the esports scene, would venture into such territory.
We have even less information about this upcoming title. A project “name” and a few images that could hint at a dungeon crawler, Diablo-like or MMO gameplay (where the character has to fend off enemies while following a more of less scripted path, in a top-down view).
It’s too early to know, but one can theorize about the fact that Riot Games is working on a game “that explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends”. At any rate, does not look like the most competitive title of the bunch, but who said it all had to be about competition? A fun cooperative monster-bashing game would also be great!
Last but not least, Riot Games revealed another game they are working on, sort of an illegitimate child to Counter-Strike:GO and Overwatch. A Hero Shooter with tactical gameplay, slower-paced action than Overwatch and one-shot kills with shots to the head. A shooter where skill is key, not part of the Runeterra license (so do not expect to see League of Legends characters in it, but inspiration for some abilities is clear), is maybe the boldest move of the lot, and proves once and for all that Riot Games can not be reduced to just League of Legends.
If you are a newcomer to the platform, here is a guide to successfully Organize your first tournament!
If you would like to see your game added on the platform as a new discipline, make sure to contact us and we will gladly make our esports technology available to your community!
Organizers and Participants, to your competitions!
The Toornament Partner we are about to present today has made great use of our API to build his own competitive environment on top of the Toornament engine.
To start, please introduce yourself and your project
I’m Alain “Midl” R, founder & co-Director of the Krosmoz Tournaments Arena (aka KTA), a season-based League for the game Dofus, composed of multiple qualifier tournaments followed by a Main Event tournament. We are currently in our third season.
Our ambition is to make our league the main community event for the game.
To do so, we’ve created a website, KT Arena , that reunites our community and uses the Toornament API to display our tournaments.
We also built a League Points system, based on the final rankings of each and every qualifiers, that allows us to have overall leaderboards during a season.
How did you discover Toornament?
I have created several tournaments for the game Krosmaga, and have tested multiple tournament platforms to do so. In the end, Toornament was the one I have been the most interested in, and that allowed us to build exactly what we had envisioned.
The customizable Toornament TV was one of the features that really caught my eye. With my former crew, we had fun doing stuffs with it:
What feature(s) do you like the most on Toornament?
I guess it iss the fact that I’m able to do really complex, yet fun, stuff with the tournament structures. My dream is to organize a tournament that begins with a Swiss System that qualifies for Double-Elimination Bracket Groups, followed by a Robin Robin that qualifies players towards the Single-Elimination Playoffs; and thanks to Toornament, we have been able to do such a tournament during our first season!
Anything you want to add?
I’m pretty sure that Toornament and environments like that is the future for the community made esports.
And we are sure that communities are what really drive esports, and are glad to provide a tool for these communities to exist and grow. Take a look at the Toornament API Documentation if you would like to start building a great project like what the KTA folks did, and do contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or inquiries about such projects that we might help you with!
A big thank you to Midl and his staff for their incredible work, and the time dedicated to answering our questions. We are glad and proud to be the esports technology chosen by communities and game publishers (see the Rainbow Six French League for Ubisoft), to let them build new solutions to improve the players’ experience!
This summer was rife with great Battle Royale competitions, and we have covered most of them, thanks to our FFA stages.
If you happened to have missed some of them, here are the detailed results of the main tournaments that were played over the summer:
Fortnite World Cup 2019
First off, the Fortnite World Cup was held early August with 4 separate competitions:
Not to spoil the results, but let’s say they were not exactly what we’d expect!
Catch up on the competition, and if the format is renewed, prepare for next year’s World Cup, and a chance to grab the lion’s share of the cash prize!
Organizers, create your own tournament with the same rules as the World Cup thanks to our Fortnite Guide for Organizers!
PUBG Nations Cup
First off, the Nations Cup for PUBG, where country teams fought off in an extended 15-games match (click for detailed results) to determine the best country of all:
In the end, Russia took the title, closely followed by South Korea, with Canada seizing the last podium place.
A tense and intense competition, which saw many epic moments and comebacks! If you wish to create your own, follow our PUBG Guide for Organizers!
Apex EXP Invitational
Part of the first Preseason of competitive Apex, this tournament pit invited teams against one another for a hefty cash prize, and renown going into the very first Apex Competitive Circuit.
Team SoloMid finally got out first after the 12 games (click for detailed results), but the other teams will have another chance to shine and dethrone them during the Preseason Invitational that’s to be held in Krakow mid-September.
Again, if you are a tournament organizer yourself, and would like to replicate the competition for your own community, we have the Apex Guide for Organizers!
See you on Toornament, be it to follow the next big Battle Royale tournament, or for your own!
Last week was held the Gamescom, and as per our habits, we will go over the announcements that will have an impact on the esports landscape in the foreseeable future.
Numerous games have been showcased and announced, but we will focus on the competitive ones:
World of Tanks: Steel Hunter
Availability dates:26 August – 16 September 2019
This temporary mode will see 20 tankers fight off on a new map, with the last survivor crowned the winner. A reduced selection of playable tanks, new rules, experience to improve the tank during the game… Wargaming worked hard after they tested its founding principles during events last year.
Battle Royale is not dead!
Release date:06 September 2019
The newest edition of the famous basketball game will see the addition of several new features, with a new movement engine to allow for dunk feints, takeovers and better handling of the ball.
No doubt the fans will soon take possession of the title and create leagues and tournaments.
Release date:10 September 2019
One of the blockbusters to come by the end of the year, Gears 5 is to be a cross-platform third-person shooter that walks in the steps of its predecessors. There is bound to be a competitive scene, that will build upon what was done with previous titles, and further. Plus, the PC version means more players will be able to play and compete!
CoD: Modern Warfare
Release date:25 October 2019
An open Alpha session is available this week-end on PS4, to try the 2v2 mode out on 4 different maps. Other news that came in this week is that the game will have dedicated servers for all platforms, and for the first time in the history of the game, cross-play features. No doubt Activision will make it the title of the upcoming competitive season!
Need for Speed Heat
Release date:08 November 2019
The legendary racing game receives a new opus this winter, with a twist, to mix the two pillars of the previous games: by day, you run in official urban races, and by night, you go for underground races where you will often have to go against cops to increase your ‘street cred’. The games have always been on the arcade side, but there are tournaments for it coming, that is for sure!
DCL – The Game
Release date:TBA (est. Winter 2019/2020)
“DCL” stands for Drone Champions League, the drone racing world championship. This new game developed by THQ Nordic is about steering a flying drone at high speeds through an obstacle course. Quick turns, sudden accelerations, loopings and barrel rolls are included, so buckle up and ready your VR headsets!
Release date:01 September 2020
This one is for all of you RTS fans. Iron Harvest revisits World War I with a different outcome, and a war that carries on during the 20’s, with mechs, tanks and technology that we can only qualify as “diesel-punk”.
The game come from a Kickstarter campaign, and has received a lot of attention and love from strategy fans all around the world. We can’t wait to see the community get its hands on the game, and start organizing large scale competitions!