2019 was quite a year for Toornament. For us, it was all about leveraging our B2B technology to create the best esports platforms. And we succeeded big time, by working with some of the biggest names in the industry, to offer players and organizers all around the world the tools and environment they need for their esports journey.
We have also worked directly with game publishers to create their esports platforms, such as the Splatoon 2 Tournaments platform for Nintendo, a complete national environment for Riot Games with the Grosse Ligue, targeted at students, and the two divisions of the LOL French League to find the pro players that will play in the LEC and the Rainbow 6 French League for Ubisoft.
Last, but not least, we have been working hands in hands with the teams from The Coalition, Xbox and PGL to develop, maintain and improve the Gears Esports Platform, a complete ecosystem for the Gears community, to play competitively, get to the top rank of your region and become a Pro Gears player.
To make all of these projects possible, and make the experience of everyone using our technology the best possible, we kept updating and improving it all year long.
Among the major changes, we have added new bracket structures: Gauntlet and Free-for-All. We also made visual optimizations to better display all brackets on the website.
The API, upon which are built all the business projects, also received plenty of love with the addition of Webhooks and the Open-Api Specification. This makes it easier than ever to build entire websites based on our technology, and allows for even more customization and automation.
2019 has been a great year for Toornament, and we already have plans to top that in 2020! Thank you for staying with us, and get ready for another exciting year in esports!
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.
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!
The premises of the genre are quite simple, with a few players entering a game from which only one will emerge victorious after the others have been eliminated. To achieve victory, you will have to purchase characters (heroes, legends or champions, depending on the title), and equip items on them. Buy several copies of a single character, and see it evolve to a higher level. Combine characters with common race or class, and build a balanced team with bonuses and buffs to defeat your enemies.