New esport titles are coming up in the Riot Games ecosystem

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.

League of Legends: Wild Rift, coming to your mobile devices in 2020!

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.

Legends of Runeterra, an upcoming TCG by Riot Games

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.

Legends of Runeterra will feature your favorite LOL champions, beautiful animations and new mechanics

Project L

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.

Project L will be a Fighting Game featuring the League Legends, in a gorgeous form

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.

Project F

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).

Details about the Project F game are still scarce, but it looks awesome

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!

Project A

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.

The Project A game looks like a 1st Person League of Legends game, but plays like CS:GO with abilities

This game is the only unnamed one with its own dedicated page on the Riot Games website, hinting at an earlier release than the other ones…?

All in all, a lot of good news, and great games in the making. We are eager to learn more about them, and see the community get to grips with these new titles and come up with competitions!

2020 Sports Edition: New disciplines on Toornament!

New year, new sports titles! This year should see a strong comeback by the PES series, and some welcome changes to our favorite sports games!
Here are the titles now available on Toornament:

by EA Sports

Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
by Konami

Madden NFL 20
by EA Sports

NBA 2K20
by Take-Two Interactive

NHL 20
by EA Sports

F1 2019
by Codemasters

If you are a newcomer to the platform, here is a guide to successfully Organize your first tournament!
If you would like to see your game added on the platform as a new discipline, make sure to contact us and we will gladly make our esports technology available to your community!

Organizers and Participants, to your competitions!

Meet the Partner: Krosmoz Tournaments Arena

The Toornament Partner we are about to present today has made great use of our API to build his own competitive environment on top of the Toornament engine.

To start, please introduce yourself and your project

I’m Alain “Midl” R, founder & co-Director of the Krosmoz Tournaments Arena (aka KTA), a season-based League for the game Dofus, composed of multiple qualifier tournaments followed by a Main Event tournament. We are currently in our third season.
Our ambition is to make our league the main community event for the game.

To do so, we’ve created a website, KT Arena , that reunites our community and uses the Toornament API to display our tournaments.
We also built a League Points system, based on the final rankings of each and every qualifiers, that allows us to have overall leaderboards during a season.

How did you discover Toornament?

I have created several tournaments for the game Krosmaga, and have tested multiple tournament platforms to do so. In the end, Toornament was the one I have been the most interested in, and that allowed us to build exactly what we had envisioned.
The customizable Toornament TV was one of the features that really caught my eye. With my former crew, we had fun doing stuffs with it:

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

I guess it iss the fact that I’m able to do really complex, yet fun, stuff with the tournament structures. My dream is to organize a tournament that begins with a Swiss System that qualifies for Double-Elimination Bracket Groups, followed by a Robin Robin that qualifies players towards the Single-Elimination Playoffs; and thanks to Toornament, we have been able to do such a tournament during our first season!

Anything you want to add?

I’m pretty sure that Toornament and environments like that is the future for the community made esports.

And we are sure that communities are what really drive esports, and are glad to provide a tool for these communities to exist and grow. Take a look at the Toornament API Documentation if you would like to start building a great project like what the KTA folks did, and do contact us by email at [email protected] if you have questions or inquiries about such projects that we might help you with!

A big thank you to Midl and his staff for their incredible work, and the time dedicated to answering our questions. We are glad and proud to be the esports technology chosen by communities and game publishers (see the Rainbow Six French League for Ubisoft), to let them build new solutions to improve the players’ experience!

Summer Battle Royale Recollection

This summer was rife with great Battle Royale competitions, and we have covered most of them, thanks to our FFA stages.
If you happened to have missed some of them, here are the detailed results of the main tournaments that were played over the summer:

Fortnite World Cup 2019

First off, the Fortnite World Cup was held early August with 4 separate competitions:

Not to spoil the results, but let’s say they were not exactly what we’d expect!
Catch up on the competition, and if the format is renewed, prepare for next year’s World Cup, and a chance to grab the lion’s share of the cash prize!
Organizers, create your own tournament with the same rules as the World Cup thanks to our Fortnite Guide for Organizers!

PUBG Nations Cup

First off, the Nations Cup for PUBG, where country teams fought off in an extended 15-games match (click for detailed results) to determine the best country of all:

In the end, Russia took the title, closely followed by South Korea, with Canada seizing the last podium place.
A tense and intense competition, which saw many epic moments and comebacks! If you wish to create your own, follow our PUBG Guide for Organizers!

Apex EXP Invitational

Part of the first Preseason of competitive Apex, this tournament pit invited teams against one another for a hefty cash prize, and renown going into the very first Apex Competitive Circuit.
Team SoloMid finally got out first after the 12 games (click for detailed results), but the other teams will have another chance to shine and dethrone them during the Preseason Invitational that’s to be held in Krakow mid-September.

Again, if you are a tournament organizer yourself, and would like to replicate the competition for your own community, we have the Apex Guide for Organizers!

See you on Toornament, be it to follow the next big Battle Royale tournament, or for your own!

What’s new for the esports scene from the Gamescom 2019 ?

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!

NBA 2K20

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.

Gears 5

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!

Iron Harvest

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!