Use Case: Cyber Espoirs League by the FQSE

We met with Patrick Pigeon and Cédrick Tremblay, Esports officials from Quebec, about their projects and how and why they came to use Toornament for them.

First things first, please introduce yourself and your association

Patrick Pigeon, C.E.O of the E-Sports Federation of Quebec (FQSE). I’ve been implicated in competitive video games and electronic sports for almost 20 years. I am one of the founders of the Federation that came into life in February 2016. It gathers student associations, schools, competition teams, players and other organizations linked to esports, all with a single objective: help develop the field in Quebec.

Cédrick Tremblay, C.E.O of Earthroot Gaming (their Twitter and Facebook). It’s a multi-platform organization established in Quebec, taking part in competitions all over the world. We are mainly famous for our Halo professional roster, Ryan Ford on Smash and Schemin on Madden as Top 10 players in the world. Earthroot Gaming brings professional players the help they need to progress, with personal resources management, tournaments organization and financial support. Earthroot Gaming was born in April 2015 and is currently in its 3rd year of existence.

Could you present your video games related projects and events?

Patrick: The federation is involved in many projects. Conferences, LAN, tournaments, leagues, shows, school projects are just some of our activites. Here are three of the main projects we are currently working on:

  • Exclusion Case: the Federation works since its creation to settle this issue (for more information, click here (FR))
  • The Cyber Espoirs League (LCE): league made from schools from Quebec. The project started on the 1st of April with a qualifier for an Overwatch tournament.
  • Quebec Cup [under development]: the Federation started the accreditation and regional check in preparation of the first Quebec Cup.
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How did you discover Toornament?

Patrick: I saw several organizers from Quebec use it

What are the features you use most on Toornament?

Cedrick: It is actually a tough question. Of course, results and participant information are vital for a tournament platform like this one. I did enjoy the fact that we were able to fill precise date and time for each round and match. That is rare in other tournament platforms.

Tell us more about your mission to promote Esports through education and how Toornament helped you in doing so.

Cedrick: the FQSE is going to organize a full league (the Quebec Cup, mentioned earlier), and not just week-end tournaments. Hence, Toornament is really helpful with all the qualifiers, and will be even more when the league starts.

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What feature would you like to see added to Toornament?

Patrick: a clear and global ranking of participants at the end of a tournament, or at least the Top3.

Cedrick: Toornament should create a League system in which rules can be modified based on a Round basis, with for example participant information that could be changed between rounds (but remain visible on the previous ones).

One thing we can tell already, is that Cedrick’s wish is about to come true, with the release of our upcoming new version, and its new Structure System that will allow for much more versatility when it comes to handling long competition.

Thanks to Cedrick and Patrick for having taken the time to answer these few questions.

Will you have some more Open Tournaments?

This week, alongside our Community Tournaments, you will be able to find some Open Qualifiers for tournaments scheduled to take place in the next weeks/months. Some of them are region-locked OR local tournaments though, so pay attention to the description before registering, or you may find yourself having to travel to Canada to play your matches (even though one could think of a worse fate!).

Here is a selection, but feel free to scour our website for games and tournaments, if you can’t find what you are looking for here!

csgo Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Open Tournaments

europe Over the Limits Qual.by Overdrive- Online 16 Teams
Double-Bracket
2000€ CashPrize
21/04/2017
22/04/2017
Register
united-kingdom ASL Champions
by SMT – Online
8 Teams
Bracket
29/04/2017
20/05/2017
Register
germany LIGA S1 Division2
by Twenty E-Sports – Online
16 Teams
Bracket
30/04/2017 Register

rainbow-six-siege Rainbow Six: Siege Open Tournaments

europe R6 Cup – April
by vaceMedia – Online
32 Teams
Bracket
22/04/2017 Register
portugal Spring PT Cup #2
by R6S Portugal – Online
16 Teams
Bracket
23/04/2017 Register
united-states Invite League Qual.1
by Senseless 6 – Online
64 Teams
Double-Bracket
28/04/2017
29/04/2017
Register

clash-royale Clash Royale Open Tournaments

france ESWC Summer Qual. #1
by Millenium – Online
64 Players (FR Only)
Bracket
22/04/2017 Register
france ESWC Summer Qual. #2
by Millenium – Online
64 Players (FR Only)
Bracket
23/04/2017 Register

smite-tactics Smite Tactics Open Tournaments

united-states Weekly Cup 10
by Hi-Rez Studios – Online
64 Players
Double-Bracket
30 CardPacks to win
22/04/2017 Register

rocketleague Rocket League Open Tournaments

france FDJ Open Series RL3
by FDJ eSport – Online
256 Teams
Groups + Bracket
450€ CashPrize
23/04/2017 Register
france Ligue Bêta
by League eSport – Online
10 Teams
League
24/04/2017
22/05/2017
Register
canada RL 29 Avril
by La Tanière – LAN
8 Teams
Double-Bracket
29/04/2017 Register

halo5 Halo 5 Open Tournaments

ireland Casual 4v4
by IrelandUKHalo – Online
16 Teams
Double-Bracket
29/04/2017
30/04/2017
Register
ireland Champions League
by IrelandUKHalo – Online
16 Players
Groups + Brackets
12/05/2017
04/06/2017
Register

overwatch Overwatch Open Tournaments

france Imagination Art Expoby ImaginationArtExpo – LAN 16 Teams
Double-Bracket
22/04/2017 Register
canada EGA Overwatch
by End Game Arena – Online
12 Teams
Double-Bracket
29/04/2017 Register
australia Reddit Championship
by /r/Overwatch – Online
32 Teams (OCE Only)
Double-Bracket
29/04/2017 Register

mario-kart-8 Mario Kart 8 Open Tournaments

canada Tournoi MK8 2017
by GraphiGame – LAN
32 Teams
Bracket
21/04/2017 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!

Danes love Esports, and the Copenhagen Games are the proof!

A few days back, we introduced you to the Gamers Assembly, one of the most iconic LAN parties in France and Europe, but that was not all! The Copenhagen Games, another landmark in European esports, is happening this week in Denmark. Competitions started yesterday, and are to last until Sunday following a tight and intense schedule.
A thousand participants are expected to fight in half a dozen different tournaments, and we are proud that Toornament was chosen, for the third consecutive year, to be the platform powering the tournaments, listed below:

csgo CS:GO Open & Main
76 Teams – Groups + Bracket
Played on PC
53 000€
csgo Samsung CS:GO Ladies
28 Teams – Groups + Bracket
Played on PC
14 000€
overwatch Pizzaburger Overwatch
8 Teams – Swiss System + Bracket
Played on PC
9 000€
fifa17 ELGiganten Fifa 17 (Tourney #1 and Tourney #2)
2*64 Players – Groups + Bracket
Played on PS4
5 200 €
hearthstone Hearthstone
200 Players – Swiss System + Bracket
Played on PC/Mobile
2 660€
codiw CoD: Infinite Warfare
24 Teams – Double-Bracket
Played on PS4
1 300 €
leagueoflegends League of Legends
8 Teams – Groups + Bracket
Played on PC
1 300 €

But this event is not just for players, the week is also filled with Esport Conferences and Cosplay happenings, among other things.
If you cant not make it to Copenhagen to follow this event live, make sure to check what is happening on the Official Twitch Channel, and the livestreams of the Community Streamers that will follow and comment the whole party!

Discover one of the most emblematic French LAN: the Gamers Assembly

For those of you who don’t know what the Gamers Assembly is, a few numbers from the 2016 edition of what is one of the biggest European LAN:

  • 3 days
  • 12 games
  • 1 800 players
  • 17 000 visitors

Gamers Assembly is back in 2017, from the 15th to 17th of April, in Poitiers, France, with one objective in mind: beating those high scores. It looks like the feat is about to be achieved, as the 3-days BYOC LAN will feature 17 tournaments this year, spanning over 14 games; and as you read those lines, more than 1900 participants have registered to compete!

Without further ado, the tournaments list:

csgo Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
48 Teams – Groups + Bracket
Played on PC
10 000€
lol League of Legends
56 Teams – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on PC
10 000€
overwatch HyperX Overwatch Trophy
48 Teams – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on PC
8 000€
r6s Rainbow Six: Siege (PC)
24 Teams – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on PC
7 500€
r6s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One)
16 Teams – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on XBox One
7 500€
hearthstone Hearthstone
264 Players – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on PC
6 400€
codiw Nacon Trophy Call of Duty: IW
24 Teams – Double-Bracket
Played on PS4
5 000€
sf5 Nacon Trophy Street Fighter V
128 Players – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on PC
3 000€
sc2 Starcraft II
66 Players – Groups + Double-Bracket
Played on PC
3 000€
fifa-17-icon-48x48-medium Fifa 17
128 Players – Groups + Bracket
Played on Xbox One
3 000€
stadium Trackmania 2: Stadium
64 Players – Double-Bracket
Played on PC
2 200€
tf2 Infomax Team Fortress 2 Trophy
8 Teams – Double-Bracket
Played on PC
2 100€
ssb Super Smash Bros Wii U
66 Players – (Groups +) Double-Bracket
Played on WiiU
1 500€
rocketleague Plantronics Rocket League Trophy
24 Teams – Groups + Bracket
Played on PC
1 500€
fullspeed Trackmania FullSpeed
16 Players – Double-Bracket
Played on PC
700€
dirt Trackmania Dirt
24 Players – Double-Bracket
Played on PC
700€
canyon Trackmania 2: Canyon
16 Players – Double-Bracket
Played on PC
300€

If you wish to participate in any of those tournaments, one single link:

Register

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All tournaments and results are also available on the Toornament Mobile App, you can look for the Gamers Assembly ones, or yours, or any other tournament you’re interested in!

Since 2014, Gamers Assembly tournaments have been organized and managed on Toornament, and we are proud to be the go-to platform for such a huge and successful event! You can find all current and past tournaments on Toornament:

And if all of this was not enough to hype you up, maybe the Official Trailer will:

 

How about some Open Community Tournaments?

You want to compete in a tournament, but don’t know how to find one, or where to play? Let us walk you through, and introduce you to our amazing community, with its endless stream of open-registration tournaments for you to participate in!

You are playing on PC? Console? Mobile? You are more into FPS, sports, fighting? There is a tournament for you!
Here is a selection, but feel free to scour our website for games and tournaments, if you can’t find what you are looking for here!

csgo Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Open Tournaments

slovakia Training Cupby Daniel – Online 12 Teams
Groups + Double-Bracket
08/04/2017
16/04/2017
Register
germany LIGA S.1 Div.1
by Twenty E-Sports – Online
32 Teams
Bracket
09/06/2017 Register
italy AlphaWolves Cup#1
by HaveFun LTD – Online
32 Teams
Groups + Bracket
400€ CashPrize
10/04/2017
01/06/2017
Register
italy Gun Racer Cup #1
by IceHax – Online
10 Teams
Double Bracket
13/04/2017
16/04/2017
Register

vainglory Vainglory Open Tournaments

germany Lunaris Draft
by Lunaris – Online
64 Teams
Bracket
08/04/2017 Register
belize The Lone Star
by Jinnis – Online
25 Teams
Bracket
08/04/2017
09/04/2017
Register
italy International League
by ToXXiC – Online
34 Teams
Groups + Bracket
29/04/2017
30/06/2017
Register

rocketleague Rocket League Open Tournaments

france FDJ Open Series RL2
by FDJ eSport – Online
256 Teams
Groups + Bracket
450€ CashPrize
09/04/2017 Register

overwatch Overwatch League Open Tournaments

finland HelmiLAN kevät ’17
by HelmiLAN- LAN
8 Teams
Double Bracket
14/04/2017
16/04/2017
Register
canada EGA Overwatch
by EndGameArena – Online
16 Teams
Groups + Bracket
29/04/2017 Register
canada ComicCup MTL 2017
by ComicCon eSports – Online
32Teams
Groups + Double Bracket
03/05/2017
09/07/2017
Register

hearthstone Hearthstone Open Tournaments

europe Bloody Ox EU Open #2
by Bloody Ox Esports – Online
32 Players
Bracket
08/04/2017
09/04/2017
Register
unitedarab Chickenbone’s Cardstone Extravaganza
by Ahmad Kayali – Online
32 Players
Bracket
14/04/2017 Register
finland HelmiLAN kevät ’17
by HelmiLAN – LAN
16 Players
Double Bracket
14/04/2017
16/04/2017
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!

Toornament menu #4: What to Watch, Where to Play

As your Esports platform, Toornament brings you many tournaments to follow and even more to participate in.

Check out all our “Games” sections and browse the “Featured” and “Open” tabs. Here are some noteworthy picks from our staff:

WATCH

IEM Season XI – World Championship Katowice 2017

Katowice, Poland welcomes yet another great event. The IEM XI brings top LoL (this week) and CS:GO (next week) teams around a whopping $600,000 money prize.

Also worth watching

PLAY

COD IW Tourney 3vs3 SnZ BO3

Hyped by this week end’s ESWC? Hone your Infinite Warfare skills and register for all the Open tournaments out there! This 3v3 one looks promising.

Also worth playing

Use case: Vainglory competitions

Powering all the official Vainglory tournaments since the game’s launch is something we’re very proud of. We first worked with Super Evil Megacorp before they partnered with Twitch to handle their Esports efforts, still using our platform.

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For this new Use Case, we asked Ryan Chaply, Twitch Esports Manager for the official Vainglory League, the Evil Eight and the Challenger Series how he and his team handles all the Vainglory competitions with Toornament.

Ryan: “We utilize quite a few features of Toornament across the board, both for the community challengers (VIS/VGL) as well as our main weekend league.

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How do you manage multiple competitions and keep everyone up to date?

Ryan: “When it comes to the community challengers, this season we are running 64 team double elimination brackets and were able to quickly update the brackets once all of the registrations were complete with some of the import functions. Additionally the organizations are able to set and define match times so players can see when in each region they are playing.”

“For Evil Eight, we include the brackets for events every week in links on our stream so viewers can check out the points teams are earning as we progress through the season.

Our API is also used by Ryan and his team to add real-time information to their website.

Ryan: “When it comes to redesigning the vaingloryesports.com website, we’re utilizing the toornament APIs to make upcoming matches visible on the homepage so viewers can see a schedule of what is coming up next.

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What’s on Ryan’s wishlist? Cloning.

It would be really nice to be able to clone a tournament settings – since we run weekly we often have a lot of tournaments we are creating.

We’ll make Ryan happy, as this feature is definitely on our bucket list!

Use Case : Clash Royale at the Salon Jeunesse Montreal

Our latest Use Case flies to Montréal for the Salon Jeunesse.

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To accomodate with the flood of kids and teenagers passing by, the organizers required a fast turnover and thus, ran
Clash Royale tournaments all week end long.

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Saturday tournaments

Sunday tournaments

It’s been a great experience!” says Nicolas, who used Toornament to generate the brackets and schedules. “The Toornament TV was especially useful, as we used it with a projector to attract people to the competitions” adds Nicolas. The kids went first, quickly followed by adults for loads of fun and tower crushing.

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Use case: Dreamhack Valencia

Dreamhack is a household name in Esports events and Dreamhack Valencia has become a major rendez-vous for players from Spain and around. They chose Toornament.com to manage their BYOC tournaments.

We met with their head of eSports, Jesús A. Canales. Read his great insights on the pressure of running both a top tier Esport event and a large scaled LAN Party!

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Can you introduce yourself?

Hi everybody! My names’s Jesus. I was born in Mallorca in 1985, but I’ve been living in Barcelona since 2008. I’m an IT enthusiast who has been working as a developer for more than 10 years. I’m a big fan of video games (especially shooters) and I a have a very competitive mind. This is one of the reasons I love eSports: the Competition.

Now I’m working in a Spanish Social Point, the largest Spanish studio for mobile video games. I work besides at DreamHack Spain as the Head of eSports, focusing on the yearly event and managing the streaming throughout the year.

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How did you start working in Esports?
In 2009 I joined a startup called Fandroid as Technical Manager. For two years and a half I developed and maintained the website, while helping as much as possible the eSports Manager during all the tournaments.

After two hard-working years we launched the first national eSports league, LVP. We produced 3 LAN events in 6 months and it was how I started in eSports. LVP eventually become the leading eSports company in Spain, and I decided to leave and keep growing in other companies.

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Is the pressure high when running a Dreamhack labeled event?

An event like DreamHack requires so much work over a lot of months, especially the last 2 ones. We are a small group which works for months to prepare the event. The month before the event, the Crew joins us and we have to coordinate all the sponsors and partners communication, all while the Crew sets the activities and booths up.

All the people involved in the event wants to contact us and wants a response as soon as possible and we end up receiving more than 100 mails/day, all of them requiring a quick response. Prioritizing is a challenge.

What motivates us is the feeling of creating an place for more than 30,000 people who wants to enjoy a LAN party or meet their favorite pro-players. We have to do our best to give all the people who trust us the best experience possible and make them want to come back next year.

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What are the main challenges you face?
I want to push DreamHack to one of the most attractive tournaments for international teams, not just Spanish or Portuguese ones. I think Spanish teams can reach the level other europeans teams and DreamHack Valencia must be the place where can showcase their skill on as much games as possible.

I would like to bring console tournaments and fighting games back. In the past, we had Street Fighter and Call of Duty for XBOX, but these last years, the lack of players made it almost impossible to keep those games in our line up.

My main challenge is to give all the Spanish players the content they want, and make DreamHack Valencia the most interesting LAN Party in Spain.

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Let’s talk about Toornament: what are the main features you use?
We mostly create bracket tournaments and manage results. Online registration is also a key feature.

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Your favorite one?
The possibility to use the platform as a register platform. We used to use email to register players before and all this hassle being handled through Toornament saves us loads of time.

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Wishlist time: is there something you’d like us to add?
– Add notes only visible by admins and players/teams
– Add match name and time in the bracket view
– Allow to configure multiple matches in a row (day, hour, box, f.e)
– Add an option to allow teams to change their roster until a specified time (1 hour before, 24…)
– Notifications to teams/players about their next match or match changes.
– Increase the limit of participants in Swiss tournament (now is 512, we needed more).

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Final words!
I’m very happy with Toornament.com. We tried some others but this is the more complete platform I’ve used so far, and the support that all the team gave us was incredible – They even come to our event to meet us. I will use Toornament.com for our next events for sure.

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Use case: ESWC COD 2016

For the second year in a row, we’ve powered ESWC’s famous COD tournament, making extensive use of our features and testing a few new ones. Here’s the breakdown!

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1 Paid Registration

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The Online Qualifiers for each region all went through our Paid Registration system to collect the participants’ fees coming from all-over the world.

2 Structure

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The tournament organizers picked a “Bracket Groups + Single Elimination Playoffs” structure, and manually modified the Playoff seeding to even the rest time for all the teams.

3 Overlays

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A premiere. Tapping into our API, the production crew was able to generate real-time overlays with all the results, scores and maps. The regular method is to manually check a match result and then create a graphic through Photoshop, before sending it over the screen. We all know this is a hassle which lacks reactivity and can lead to typos and errors.

These automated overlays are one of the numerous uses you can make from our API.

4 Toornament TV

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The Toornament TV was the Gaming Zone welcome screen, so that every participant, journalist or admin could be up-to-date in the blink of an eye. It was also put to good use on the main stage and streams. Information is key!

5 Widgets

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Most media such as Dexerto, Millenium and aAa used our widgets to display the latest results in real-time, allowing their reporters to focus on interviews, photos and analysis.

6 Mobile app

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We advertised our mobile app to everyone from the audience to the players so that everyone could know everything from anywhere!