Light theme !

Here are today’s new features, one invisible and other much more visible.

First, we’ve had our server maintenance process and internal changes, enhancing Toornament’s global performances and responsiveness.

Second, we’ve added a new color for our widget : Light. This white, clean look will make our widget a perfect embedabble content for more sites using white backgrounds and clear color schemes.

You just have to pick it from the “Share” tab in your dashboard. Here’s one in the flesh :

A full black theme is also on the way.

Meanwhile, other features and improvement are on the way, just let us know what you’d like to see !

What’s next ?

Here’s our weekly glimpse at what’s incoming on Toornament – and how you could decide on what’s next !

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(photo : CC Eager)

Right now, our main projects are  :

  • Personalized participant info fields

You’ll be able to fill in more infos about your participants, from their Battle.net ID to their age, nationality, complete names etc.

  • Swiss System

One of the popular tournament structures is being added to our platform ! Swiss system tournament, that you may have encountered in chess tournaments, will add another way to create fair match ups between your participants.

  • Mobile App

We introduced our mobile app a few weeks ago and are happy to report that its availability is now a matter of days on iOS and Android. We hope you’ll like this V1 !

  • Paid registration

Our popular feature is expanding each day : after Euro and Dollar, Toornament Paid Registration will support English Pound, Swedish Krona and Danish Krone.

After a closed invite access, we’re now opening this feature to more and more organizers. Just fire us an email !

  • Toornament TV

Our smart content display for public screens and in between matches sequences now handles Bracket Groups. You’ll be able to request Toornament TV in your dashboard very soon.

WHAT’S NEXT ? WHAT IF IT WERE UP TO YOU ?

As Toornament is an ever-evolving project, we keep on working on various matters, from UX to new features and for our next leads, we’d like to hear from you.

Which feature would you like added on Toornament ? How would tweak the UX ? We’re all ears for your suggestions here on our blog or through twitter !

New update: score information, new languages and more

This week, we’ve updated Toornament once again with 4 new features.

1. Score information
The groups now display the score information: score for each participant, score against each participant, and the score difference. In a tie situation, the score difference is now used to decide the rank between participants with the same amount of points. You still have the ability to make an other choice with the decider functionnality.

The score information is also displayed on the tournament widget. It’s a new valuable data to share to your audience

 

2. New languages supported
As a European based company, we know the importance of local language, so our two widgets, tournament navigator and registration, support now 4 more languages: Danish, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. Each time you share your widget you will be able to select the language to use.

3. Registration email notification
Want to receive an email for each new registration request on your tournament? You can now enable this feature in your registration settings. Never miss again a request.

4. Rules
Finally for this new update, we added a rules field, displayed on the tournament widget. This was a common feedback request.

Try those new functionalities, and continue to send us great feedback.

New features and improvements

This week, we’ve been working on 4 features improving your experience on Toornament. Here they are :

1. New widget : Registration

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Our new widget will come very handy if you have your own website, as it acts as the smoothest way from your tournament announcement post to the registration page. Mesuring 300 px wide per 88 px high. It displays essential infos such as the event name and registration time.

Here’s a example with the incoming Dreamhack France :

2. Revamped Share dashboard

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We’ve reworked the “Share” dashboard in your admin panel, highlighting the available and incoming tools : widgets, custom page, Toornament TV and social networks.

3. Paid Registration now handles Dollar

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Paid Registration has been met with great feedback and requests from the community and we’re happy to announce that we now adding the Dollar currency, along with Euro ! With this, we’ll start to invite more organizers. If you’re interested with our Paid Registration feature, feel free to fire us an email !

4. Easier support

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Our support platform has been upgraded so that now, you can contact our support people directly from your admin panel, we get back to you even faster than before !


We hope you’ll like and use them. And of course, we remain focused on your feedback – share it through our new support system !

Our mobile app is coming

After weeks of work our mobile app will be available for free on iOS and Android by the end of March.

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Aptly named “Toornament”, our mobile app is aimed toward your competitors as a companion app. Our mobile app will help you manage your competitors in a much easier, smoother, more efficient way.

Here are its main features :

  • Displays all the infos, as our widgets : scores, results, schedules, stats etc.
  • Organizers can publish notes (i.e change of schedule) which will be pushed to the app
  • Once the app is loaded, informations remain available even offline
  • Live notifications your competitors receive when they have an incoming match
  • Sharing options
  • Authentification
  • Bookmarking for the toornaments you follow

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The first version, out by the end of March, will be about displaying informations. We’ll add more features over the next weeks and iterations.

Hope you’ll like it !

Get DOTA 2 advanced statistics on Toornament

DOTA lovers, rejoice : starting today, we’re proud to announce that Toornament now support rich informations and statistics for each matches !

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Picks, Bans, Kill / Death / Assists, inventory and levels are all there, to provide your audience with more datas. Combined with stream and V.O.D links for each match, our widgets are now the place to go to follow any DOTA 2 tournament.

How does it work ? You just have to enter a match ID (available in your DOTA 2 main menu)

So, here’s our famous widget everybody loves. Just click on a match details and…

… Here’s our widget boasting advanced DOTA 2 informations everybody’s gonna love even more !

This week is the perfect time to show you this feature : the DOTA 2 Asia Championship, entering its final phase from today to Sunday, is our featured tournament of the week. We can’t wait for you to enjoy it and then, try it for yourself.

Happy first blood !

New features : “Check In” and “Export”

We’re pleased to announce two new features on Toornament : “Check In” and “Export”, designed to make your life easier !

CHECK IN

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“Check In” feature is now available for Toornament, with a focus on tournament admins. Our feedback and own experience as organizers highlighted the need to keep all the check ins process in the admin’s hands, especially on LAN events.

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So our Check In feature is admin centralised, allowing you to suppress all unchecked participants, for example.

“Check In” feature is now available for everyone, you just need to activate it. We will make the “players’ Check In” available soon after.

EXPORT

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Export two types of lists : registered and participating. You can filter your exported list, with criterias such as confirmed/unconfirmed participation.

Toornament will generate a .csv file which can be opened in any sheet software such as Excel. Each list contains rich datas, such as email, ID, status, country etc.

Participants’ list will come particularly handy if you need to email all your participants, for example.

Introducing Toornament TV

After weeks of development and testing, we’re very proud to introduce Toornament TV!

Toornament TV was tailor made for offline tournaments involving multiple spots (gaming zone, stages…) and public audience.

Offline events involves a lot of stress on schedules and location, each multiplying the other. How to keep you players informed about their upcoming matches ? Your attending audience up to date with the tournaments advancement, the next big match on the big stage ? The answer : a lot of efforts, a lot of staff and a lot of stress. Our answer : Toornament TV.

Tournament TV is a smart, automated public display solution, designed with this key goals in mind :

  • Better understanding of the tournament(s) advancement
  • Dresses up your event with live content : photos, info strips, scores
  • Keeps the visitor informed, entertained and starving for more

How does Toornament TV works ? Well, it can’t get easier than this : the whole system is automated. We’ve designed a smart behaving, setting a wide and relevant set of rules, so that Toornament TV makes the right decisions and displays the right infos at the right time.
The added value is huge : for no extra time or no extra people in your team, your event gets much easier to understand and follow. And much prettier, too !

Here’s a typical use of Toornament TV :

You’re running a mid to large size LAN, with a main stage, a gaming zone and a partner zone
Each spot will attract your participants along with your audience
Main stage needs to show what are the next matches, Gaming Zone needs to show Tournaments advancement and your partners want well, to be visible on your events !
Each spot thus require a dedicated information desk, computer and admin to run it, plus 1-2 additionnal displays
Toornament TV can automatically handle all the informations / display tasks, freeing 3 additionnal admins on your team. Just start it from your Toornament admin options.

Toornament TV requirements are quite simple and straight forward :

– A PC with GPU dedicated per TV (one computer can run several displays with the same info)
– A modern web browser
– A Full HD (1920×1080) display
– A click in your Toornament page

Toornament TV embeds a live info strip, based on a Twitter feed and hashtag. Toornament TV is also customisable through its main elements :

  • Background picture
  • Main layout picture
  • Border color (CSS)
  • Text color

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You can check it Live on this page and learn more by reading The Toornament TV User Guide (pdf).

New update: registrations and statistics

We released a new update for Toornament that brings two important features: participants registrations and view statistics.

Participants Registrations

Toornament now allows you to manage the participants registrations. In your tournament settings, a new section allows you to enable or disable registrations and configure several options such as opening/closing dates and messages.

Once the registrations are enabled, a new dedicated registration page is available on Toornament and allows players to register for your tournament. Your widget also features a registration link that redirects to the dedicated page. We tried to keep it as simple as possible so players don’t need to create a Toornament account, they only need to enter their email and confirm it.

In your online dashboard, you will see a new registration section. All of your registration requests are listed here with the ability to accept or refuse them. Once a registration is accepted, it becomes a participant in your tournament. With this update we also added more flexibility to the participants management. You can now easily create and remove participants without touching to the structure or changing the size of the tournament.

During the registration, teams must also provide their lineup. The minimum and maximum number of players for a team may be configured in your tournament settings.

This is the first step of our registration feature. Take the time to test it and fill free to share your feedback with us. Your feedback is really valuable to optimize this functionality and go further.

View statistics

Are you curious about how many users view your tournament widget? We added the statistics of your tournament widget in your online dashboard. You will be aware of the numbers of users, sessions and views of your tournament through his widget. We also provide the 5 best referrers. We hope it will give your more insights about your tournament and help you increase his popularity.

Try this update, and again share your feedback with us!