Indie games on Toornament

Toornament is an open esports platform, and as such, we have huge communities of players from the Triple-A and leading esports titles, but that does not mean we shun other games or communities, quite the contrary actually!
We have always had a down-to-earth approach about smaller and indie games, in that they might just be the next phenomenon, and bring something new to the table.
As such, we strongly believe that all games that want to go competitive deserve their spot on the platform and we want to make everything we can to make them feel at home. This way, they will have access to all the features that enable a great competitive environment.

We regularly add new games, big and indie, on the platform, and part of our latest batch was Ultimate Chicken Horse by Clever Endeavour Games, an indie party game that wanted to provide their community with tools to organize their competitions and tournaments.

Some of our community members there were already running fan tournaments, and ever since we’ve been meaning to help them do so by providing our support as well as the right tools to make their lives easier.
Due to the free-for-all design of our game, we needed a platform that integrates the 1v1v1v1 format for tournaments. We’re also excited about Toornament TV, because we have seen a lot of demand for the streaming of tournament matches.

Genevieve Leblanc, Clever Endeavour Community Manager

So we worked together, and added their game as a discipline on Toornament, for everyone to be able to organize tournaments, from the evening friend-gathering to official events.

We’re looking forward to seeing the events that the competitive part of our community will organize on Toornament, and hoping to see that community grow more thanks to the platform! This promises to be a big step towards better organization and sharing potential. We don’t have specific plans yet as organizers, but we’re hopeful that this will allow us to feel like Clever Endeavour can take a more official role in running tournaments before long.
Genevieve Leblanc, Clever Endeavour Community Manager

We want to welcome the Ultimate Chicken Horse community on Toornament, and we are also eager to see what they come up with!
If you want your game to also get added to Toornament, for your players to enjoy our features, feel free to contact us!

Want to play some FIFA and take on a pro player?

FIFA has always been a top game on Toornament, and its community one of the most active on the platform. So it’s only fair that we put the spotlight on these amazing organizers from time to time, and there is also a great opportunity for our German friends that currently under way with the Charcoal Cup, that can be summarized in a few words:

  • German tournament with 4 qualifiers open to all 16+ residents, that will send 8 finalists to the Museum Soccer in Dortmund
  • Prizes for all finalists, and the winner will take on Proownez for a chance to win better rewards if he wins a series of skill-based duels including FIFA
  • Fun activities and meet&greets organized for all those who will attend, and a complete Livestream of the competition for those who can’t

The Charcoal Cup tournament is not affiliated with or sponsored by Electronic Arts Inc. or its licensors.

The Soccer Museum, with indoor soccer court and other installations

Find all information on the Charcoal Cup Website, and if the registrations for the first qualifier are over, you can still try your skill in the next three:

For those of you who are not in Germany, or did not make it through the qualifiers, we have plenty of other tournaments to hone your FIFA skills, and compete against the world:

Use Case: the Ubisoft Gaming League

For this new article, we decided to leave the reins of the blog to Nicolas Mivielle, Production Manager from Ubisoft Montreal, for him to tell us more about their internal competition, the Ubisoft Gaming League, that they organize regularly with the help of Toornament:

Hello, my name is Nicolas Mivielle, I have been an organizing member of the Ubisoft Gaming League (UGL) for 5 years, and we will celebrate the 6th anniversary of the competition this year.
It’s an internal association that has been created and is maintained by Ubisoft Montreal employees on their free time, with a simple objective in mind: organize competitions and video games tournaments for all Ubisoft Montreal employees.


Overwatch final with public during Season 5

We want to give the employees a sharing time and space with their colleagues (we really focus on the fun side of the competitions), but also let them discover games that may not be part of the Ubisoft catalogue. For our 5 years anniversary, we also added a new dimension to the UGL, with a partnership with a game that’s yet to be announced, with a strong esport side. We organized an internal tournament, on an Alpha version of the game, to provide the studio with feedback, and check their objectives and ambition, thanks to our huge pool of competitive players and organizers.
We hope that this kind of partnerships will develop in the future, because it was a blast organizing such a competition, and the input has been invaluable for the studio.

Since the beginning of this initiative, we have organized close to 40 tournaments that gathered several hundreds participants. We work with seasons and blocks, and try to have tournaments on as many game genres as possible (MOBA, Fighters, MMO, FPS, RTS etc.). Ubisoft Montreal graciously makes everything we need available, with a total freedom when it comes to organization and communication matters.


DOTA2 casters with prizes behind for Season 6

We finish each season with a Just Dance tournament during a summer gathering where all 3,000 employees are present, before the beginning of the next one in September.
We do use Toornament for the whole process, for both public and private tournaments of the UGL. It’s a great tool that is perfect for all of our needs. We plan on diving deeper into the advanced functionnalities of the Toornament technology, like the TV or the API, for a better integration into our website. This will allow for more visibility and a customized experience for everyone.


Just Dance grand final for the end of season 5

We will soon start the 2nd Block of our Season 6, with For Honor and Rocket League tournaments. We will also organize a “Tournament of Power” in this block, which was a new format we experimented last season, that consists of an evening with many different fighting games, and the ability to qualify on any game present before the finals.

For those that would want to learn more about our organization, or follow our public tournaments, head to the UGL Website, or the UGL Twitch Channel, where we stream all public finals.

Thank you Nicolas for the extensive presentation of the Ubisoft Gaming League, and congratulations on the great initiative!
Don’t hesitate contacting us if you are wondering how Toornament could help you build great events for your co-workers or employees!

APEX Legends – The latest Battle Royale sensation!

It is hard to believe you would not have heard about Apex Legends, but just in case, it is the latest Battle Royale released by Electronic Arts and developed by Respawn, the creators of the Titanfall series. It’s fast-paced, brutal and seems to have understood everything a Battle Royale must be and do to succeed.

The post-launch numbers are quite eloquent:

Apex Stats

And the first weekend saw a peak concurrent players at more than 2 Million players, and almost 500,000 viewers on Twitch. Needless to say, the launch has been a huge success, and we felt it on Toornament too, with a lot of Apex Legends Tournaments created since the release of the game!

Official tournaments have also started, with the first Twitch Rivals on Apex Legends having been held earlier this month, with European and North American teams challenging each other to a points race during an evening:

So if you want to join the hype train, gather two of your friends and drop in King’s Canyon with your powers and weapons to claim the victory! And if you have the soul of an organizer, we have the perfect guide to help you organize your Apex Legends tournament!

Meet the Partner: EuropaHalo

To start, please introduce yourself and your project

We are EuropaHalo one of the main amateur platforms for the European Halo community. We provide Halo tournaments and leagues to the community along with support and advise for teams/players. Our main ambition is to work alongside 343 Industries to maintain community support for European Halo, providing professional-styled cups and leagues.

How did you discover Toornament?

A simple Google search led me to one of the best tournament platforms around… Toornament is easy to navigate, easy to use and easy on the eye. I can set up a full tournament in a few minutes and manage completely and effectively with the organizer application.

What feature(s) do you like the most on Toornament?

The Toornament TV is an amazing feature and is perfect for when you first start out with tournaments. I could easily add a professional looking feature to the stream in between matches to give the audience a great experience.
Allowing players to effectively report and manage results takes away so much of the time spent chasing players for information. I can focus on the stream and upcoming match-ups.

Anything you want to add?

I think Halo eSports is in a unique place where Halo 5 is dated yet something older such as Halo 3 has been given a second life and the scene wants more of it. I think in the future we will definitely be looking into Halo 2 and Halo 3 for tournaments and cups.
I want to thank everyone who has supported myself and EuropaHalo over the last 2 years and continue to do so now. We are less active than we were once before but we are gearing up for Halo Infinite eventual release.

And we want to thank the folks from EuropaHalo for taking the time to answer these few questions, and can’t wait to see the amazing tournaments they have in store for us, especially with Halo Infinite just around the corner (or so we hope!).

Christmas holidays and esports tournaments!

Christmas is closing in, but there’s still time to take part in a tournament or two before opening the gifts, so here’s a selection of Open Community tournaments for you (we included a few ones for after Christmas too!).

You are an organizer, and would like us to showcase one of your upcoming tournaments? Feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook, and come advertise it yourself on our Discord Server!

Meet the Partner: Game kNight

Today, we meet with an organizer that discovered the platform quite recently, but quickly saw its potential and took to himself to get the most out of it. He organizes on a game that you may not be really familiar with, but that boasts a really motivated and loyal community. Time to let him talk!

To start, please introduce yourself and your project

My name is Tobias, I’m 38 years old and I run the YouTube channel Game kNight Plays. I also frequently stream on Twitch.
Back in November 2015, when I started YouTube, it was based on a single game; Mordheim: City of the Damned. At the time, I didn’t see myself running a tournament or even playing that much PvP, but after just a couple of months myself and five other YouTubers got together to form the Mordheim YouTube League. But the game itself didn’t support it, so I had to get creative.

I created an excel document with several sheets, one for the rules, one for the YouTubers to register results in and another one to display the results in videos.
It was a huge success for my channel, but also for my experience with creating a tournament from the ground up – so it is something I look back at with joy, despite all the manual work.

Even before the end of the YouTuber tournament, several people were asking if they could join in – and it got me thinking about making a fully public tournament, for more people – but the thought of manually administering a larger tournament scared me!
I kept working on my system and rules – for a game that is not really designed for PvP progression tournaments – but when Toornament announced that Mordheim was available, I announced the beginning of the Buddyhood Brawl League (BBL).

We have steadily grown from 6 to 24 participants, and are now in the middle of the Third Edition of the BBL, with the BBL4 already in preparation for no less than 32 players, which will make it the largest progression tournament in Mordheim COTD history!

How did you discover Toornament?

A Tweet from the game developer which game I had been covering for 2 years – “Mordheim: COTD is now on Toornament!” – and of course I had to be among the first ones to create a tournament on the platform.
Toornament lets me arrange the structure of the tournament, which I spent way too many hours on manually doing in my previous excel sheets. It creates a transparency of whom you’ll fight next and what the results are without any hassle. It is truly the main reason that the BBL exists to this day, and the main reason why we have been able to expand from just 6 players to now soon 32.

What feature(s) do you like the most on Toornament?

I love the flexibility of Toornament and easy to use interface. People can report their own matches seamlessly in an environment that is visually nice to behold and it is easy for me, as a tournament creator, to follow the progression. Toornament allows for complex tournament setups like for my progression based league in Mordheim: COTD.

Anything you want to add?

I would like to thank my community, the kNightly Buddyhood, for sticking with me and going with my crazy ideas and supporting me in creating the best possible tournament system for Mordheim: COTD – Especially Wfenrir, my community manager and friend. His work and sparring on the BBL rules set has been invaluable to me. Also a shout-out to my wonderful moderators BTWRant, Rarator and Begbras – without all of you guys our community wouldn’t exist today!
Of course a huge thanks goes out to Rogue Factor for making the wonderful game that has captivated me and many others – one day, maybe one day, we will see a Mordheim 2, which could implement some of the work we have done today, into the game!

The eSports scene is growing, and I do honestly think there is a place for games like Mordheim somewhere in there – but in the end it depends a lot on the game itself – thanks to Toornament I have a chance to show the developers that it can be done. I wish to grow the Mordheim Community even further and my ambition is to have a US league and a EU league in the future, that can run yearly.


We want to thank Tobias for his time answering our questions, and we will of course be here to help the BBL keep growing!

Let’s wake you up before September ends!

We hope this new school year has been starting well for you all! Now that things have probably settled down a bit, it is time to get back to your favorite competitions, and start winning again! So check our selection of Open Community tournaments.

If you are in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, and would like to take part in a big Quake Champions tournament for a chance to qualify for the EGX Berlin, check the Quake Awoken Cup:

Else, here are a few other ones:

You are an organizer, and would like us to showcase one of your upcoming tournaments? Feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook, and come advertise it yourself on our Discord Server!