Smash Bros, Black Ops IIII and other announcements!

This week has been rich in long-awaited announcements, and several of them have a very interesting competitive side to them. Let us take a look at what 2018 (and beyond) has in store for us based on those latest news!

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The Nintendo Direct from the 8th of March was stacked with announcements for the 3DS and Switch consoles, including many games ported from other platforms. But three titles have retained our attention because of their competitiveness.

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First off, Splatoon 2, the original shooter IP from Nintendo will soon move to its 3.0 version, with a whole solo extension called “Octo Expansion” and a whole lot of content, from stages to clothing and weapons. Release date is set to some time this summer.

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Then, it’s time for a N64/GBC game to get a sequel on the latest consoles, with Mario Tennis Aces. 3DS and Wii U versions of the original games exist since 2013, but it’s a brand new game that has been announced, full with competitive features! Release date is on the 22nd of June, with a pre-launch free tournament already planned.

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Last, but not least, rumors had it in past weeks that a new Smash Bros game was in the pipes, but that went from rumor to official announcement with the conference. All we know is that the game should feature Link from Breath of the Wild and Splatoon character, and that the game is set to be released in 2018.

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activision

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After weeks of rumor, Activision finally announced the next Call of Duty title, which will be a sequel to the Black Ops franchise by Treyarch, soberly titled “IIII”. More information are bound to be shared this spring, and the release date is set on the 12th of October.

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ubisoft

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Another great name to have gotten its sequel announced this week was Ubisoft’s The Division. No real insight on what the game will offer for competitive players, but the devs say they have learned from past experience, and the great idea that was the Dark Zone might come back in a more polished form!

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epicgames

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And the final big announcement from past week is the Mobile version for Fortnite that has been teased by Epic Games. The mobile version will support full cross-play and cross-progression with existing platforms (except with XBox One apparently), and a first iOS beta will open on the 12th of March, followed by invites, and an Android version in the coming months.

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All those new games have their seat ready on Toornament already, and we can’t wait to see which ones will pack a punch and become great competitive titles!

Our API evolves!

The Toornament API provides an alternate method to access, edit and share the Toornament data. With our API, you will be able to extend the functionalities of our platform, and improve your event production. For example the API can be used to create bots, alternative tools, native branding, integration in other applications, or directly in game…

The notable new functionality of the Toornament API version 2 is the three-legged authentication workflow of OAuth 2. It allows actions on the API on behalf of another user. For example, associate your website user account to our user account, create the tournament registration form directly in your application, etc.

The Toornament API version 2 is separated into different sections: viewer, account, participant, organizer. Each one gives you access to the data of the Toornament platform within a specific scope, to achieve different goals.

  • The viewer API will let you publicly consult the tournaments information
  • The account API will let you get information of a user
  • The participant API will allow you to register a user to a tournament
  • The soon-to-be released organizer API will let you manage tournaments
maintenance API Release: Once all of the Toornament API version 1 functionalities are integrated in the API version 2, the version 1 will be deprecated, and an end of support date will be announced.

It is to be noted that our API can be used for free for non-commercial projects, as long as you feature our dedicated logos on the pages using it.
We are also launching a new commercial offer if you wish to use our API in commercial projects, so either way, Contact Us if you would like to learn more about it!

How do I get started?

That is very easy, go check our extensive API Documentation and see for yourself all it has to offer!

Improve your Press Strategy with Toornament

In our efforts to empower our organizers, Partners or not, we would like to share with you a few tips about how you could improve your communication and press strategy.
Talking about your competitions to the specialized press is easy, but having them cover your tournaments and writing about it becomes infinitely more complicated. That is why we developped some tools to help you in that approach.
So if you are interested in having your competitions radiate and shine on the interwebs:

Meet our first Partners!

Following our successful launch of the Partner Program, we started reviewing the requests, starting with organizations and company.
We have already accepted a few dozens of applicants, and we wanted to show everyone the level of quality our community organizers are able to put forward.
Let’s see what some of our first partners are made of!

BF Nations
Come to us for Battlefield news, streams, videos, guides and competitions.
Stay with us for Battlefield Esports tournaments and a fantastic community.

eSports Middle East
eSports Middle East (ESME) is the fastest growing professional gaming organization in MENA. Established in 2014 with offices in London and Dubai.

getRECT
GetRECt is a team of gamers dedicated to building esports across the Midwest. [They] grow communities, work with universities and high schools, and put on esporting events of all kinds.

eSport.DK
eSport.dk’s primary purpose is to create tournaments and other online activities that are serious, recurring and structured, with online tournaments organized throughout the year.

BroooTV
An online community agency that generates content for brands through streaming, snack content, web series, events (GameFest) etc.

FCF Cyberfootball
The FCF is social cyber-sportive organization mainly focused on the extension and popularization of cyber football in the official Russian Football Federation.

HeroesHype
HeroesHype is a premiere Heroes of the Storm organization that serves to foster growth in pro players, esports staff, and influencers.

League of eXtraordinary Gamers
The LXG is a gaming and entertainment organization (with a huge bias for esports) committed to providing and sustaining a platform for gamers to express their true passion for games and achieve their dreams.

We wish a warm welcome to them, and to all the other partners that got into the program in this first instance. If you applied already, but got no news from us, do not worry, we will review and answer all applications!
If you want to embark on this adventure with us, here goes:

New: Bracket Information

A new feature has come to life on Toornament, to help the participants and viewers better understand what’s happening during a Bracket Stage.
Indeed, organizers have ways of customizing the brackets of their tournaments, thanks to the Configure Bracket advanced settings, and we now provide the same level of information for everyone, on any bracket view on the public pages of a tournament.
To display the detailed information, simply click on the “Info” button at the top-right of the bracket:

There are 3 kind of information on this new view:

  • The ID of the match, such as “WB1.1” or “LB2.2”, which stands for Winner Bracket or Loser Bracket, and the number of Round and Match
  • The arriving participants, with their Seed: “Seed #1 – 8”
  • The logical links between matches, with the provenance of participants playing in subsequent matches: “Loser of WB1.2” – “Winner of LB1.1”

The Info view remains active even after the stage has started, or is completed, and it then displays the results and participants’ names too:

This will help participants better understand their progression through a bracket, and know what to expect for their next matches, depending on their results! So hone your skills, and make your way through to victory!

February’s Open Tournaments

We hope your Valentine’s day went well, and whether that’s the case or not, time to take a peek at our upcoming Open Community tournaments!
Take a minute, check what we have in store, and maybe next week, you’ll be able to refer to yourself as a champion!

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La Couscousière Tryoutsby YARA 128 Players 21/02/2018 Register
STD Tournament Dayby STD SPŠE 64 Players 27/02/2018
24/02/2018
Register

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Winter Pro League 18by WPL 64 Players 16/02/2018 Register
The MAGE Onlineby Mage Esports 256 Players 16/02/2018 Register
Ukraine Sportby Ukraine Sport Community 20 Players 17/02/2018 Register
eCOPA Nord-Est Q.5by Coca-Cola 4096 Players 19/02/2018
20/02/2018
Register

hs Hearthstone

Fireside Gatheringby Gargula Gaming 50 Players 17/02/2018 Register
AgderLAN 2018by AgderLAN 20 Players 21/02/2018
24/02/2018
Register

hots Heroes of the Storm

HGC Europe – Cup 4by HeroesHype 64 Teams 19/02/2018
20/02/2018
Register
HGC NA – Cup 4by HeroesHype 64 Teams 19/02/2018
20/02/2018
Register
Royal Rumble: Gladiatorsby CLAN a.s.d 32 Teams 19/02/2018
23/02/2018
Register

krosmaga Krosmaga

Arel Krosmaga Cupby Arel 256 Players 16/02/2018
11/03/2018
Register
FDJ Open #2by FDJ Esport 256 Players 24/02/2018 Register

lol League of Legends

OneUp Toornament ESCby Electronics Sport Chaos 16 Teams 15/02/2018
11/03/2018
Register
Torneo #1by EgamerLatam 200 Players 16/02/2018
17/02/2018
Register
ESCL 1by E-Sports Caribbean League 8 Teams 16/02/2018
07/04/2018
Register
Girls Vs Boysby Slice n Dice Gaming 60 Players 18/02/2018 Register

pubg PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds

AgderLAN 2018 – Duoby AgderLAN 50 Teams 21/02/2018
24/02/2018
Register
AgderLAN 2018 – Squadby AgderLAN 25 Teams 21/02/2018
24/02/2018
Register

You are an organizer, and would like us to showcase one of your upcoming tournaments? Feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook!

Launching the Partner Program!

Last year, we teased you with our upcoming Partner Program, that would help us find our best community organizers, and work together by providing them with business opportunities and premium features.

The teasing is over, and today is the official launch date of the Toornament Partner Program!

If you think you have what it takes, and are interested in helping us mature the esports ecosystem, then there is no time to lose, follow the link and apply for partnership!

You can now duplicate your tournaments!

After having received your feedback, and thinking about the best way of handling the matter, we are happy to announce that you are now able to easily duplicate one of your tournaments!
The process is easy as pie, as all you have to do is get to the “Danger Zone” of the tournament you want to duplicate, in the “Settings” menu, and click on “Duplicate:

You will then be prompted with a menu asking you to select which features of your current tournament you wish to duplicate into the next one, and give your new tournament a new name:

Choices are obvious, and once you validate, you will automatically move to your newly-created tournament!
We want to thank all the organizers that gave us their feedback about this, and please note that we plan on adding the Structures to the list of things to be copied over, but that requires a lot more work, and we wanted to give you access to the feature as soon as possible, so we will keep working on it!

Feature your Discord Server on your tournaments!

Communication between a tournament organizer and his participants is essential for the good run of a competition. Hence, we today add a simple yet significant feature to a Tournament’s contact information: the Discord Server:

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This information is now treated just like the organizer’s email, meaning it gets displayed on public pages, confirmation emails and soon on the mobile application!
You can display your Discord Server by adding its invitation link (make sure it is a permanent one!) in the General Settings of your tournament, under the new “Contact” tab:

We hope this will make organizing and participating in tournaments even easier for everyone!

Check-in now available!

A highly-requested feature is now available on Toornament for all to use!
You can activate the Tournament Check-in for your participants to confirm their presence to your competition. Alternatively, you may also just activate the Check-in on the Organizer’s side, to keep track of your participants’ presence yourself.

As a participant, you can see the current status of the tournament, including its Check-in part; both on the tournament public page and your list of tournaments:

As usual, you can find more details on the Help Center: for both Organizers and Participants.
And it’s available on both Android and iOS versions of the Mobile App:

We are of course still open to feedback and comments, so try it out, and let us know what you think!