New streaming provider: Mixer

A new streaming service is now supported by Toornament: Mixer.
Mixer is a Microsoft next-gen streaming service that offers viewers real-time influence and participation in live game streams.
Real-time and interactivity are the cornerstones of this new service, and you can start broadcasting from XBox One or Windows 10 in a few clicks, without having to install any extra software.

When selecting the streams for your tournament, you can now add a Mixer URL and attach the stream to the matches of your tournament. That will display the stream directly on the Public and Match pages for spectators to see.
The process is detailed HERE.

E3 2017: What’s new for Esports?

This year was the 23rd edition of the E3, also known as Electronics Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles.
Many announcements have been made, but we are going to focus on what may be important for Esports world-wide.

So let’s see, in chronological order, what conferences have unveiled for Esports:

The first conference of this year’s Expo was Electronic Arts’. They fired announcements like a machine-gun, with some new titles and a lot of famous licenses sequels. Among those, the sports games had the place of honor, with Fifa 18, Madden 18 and NBA Live 18. The first one is already a well-established esports game, and NBA is going to become a huge actor in the landscape really soon, so who knows what the future has in store for Madden and other sports games?
They also announced some new content for Battlefield 1, with a new game mode, clearly competition-oriented, with smaller teams and lively maps. Story to be continued…

Microsoft hit hard this year, with a new console ready to hit the stores. The Xbox One X (or Project Scorpio) is about to become the most powerful console ever. What we know is that it features full retro-compatibility with previous consoles (games & accessories), and no doubt Microsoft will bet on it to be their new go-to platform for esports.
On games, two epic licenses with esports potential will see sequels this year: Forza 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ.
The conference was also the occasion to bring up the updates to come for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (that will be available on the Xbox One X), and a newcomer in the Arena-Survival genre: The Darwin Project.

If you need to remember only one thing from the Bethesda’s conference, it’s the resurgence of Quake esports. After having been one of the first ever esports titles, Quake is back with the recently released Quake Champions to reclaim its throne in the First Person Shooter category.
The competition will crown Quake World Champions, and $1,000,000 is up for grabs between Duel (1v1) and Sacrifice (4v4) game modes.

Just as usual, Devolver Digital went against the flow and offered a true WTF experience during their conference. Not much potential for Esports in their announcements, but a title which could feature a true competitive side: Serious Sam Bogus Detour, a top-down 2D shooter with (Team) Deathmatch and other PVP modes, available this summer.

Ok, this is no Esports, but i can’t not mention it… Beyond Good & Evil 2 is nigh!
Ubisoft also announced the next edition of Just Dance, which will probably see its World Cup start soon!
Skulls & Bones has been unveiled, featuring tactical naval battles, playable in solo or 5-players teams, and with a strong emphasis on competitiveness to become a legendary pirate!
They also decided to encroach on Cardgame’s territory, with a South Park game, very soberly titled Phone Destroyer, with cards from the South Park universe and a real-time multiplayer mode, so Wait’n See!

Sony made a point of honor giving space to Virtual Reality during the conference with many titles designed for VR, or existing titles becoming compatible with the PSVR.
On games’ side, the next Call of Duty opus, CoD WWII was displayed with a very dynamic trailer. The next Pro League will be played without jetpack or futuristic weapon, but with historic weapons and flamethrowers…
To be noted also, GT Sport, next opus of the legendary Gran Turismo series, with a beta soon available in Europe and UK!

On Nintendo’s side, a lot of big announcements for sequels to the legendary licenses of the brand. Mario, Kirby, Yoshi, Pikachu, Samus Aran or Link, no one was left behind.
But several titles are leaning towards Esports, with Splatoon 2, Arms and Poken Tournament, which see tournaments every day on their E3 stage!
Moreover, the release of Rocket League on the Switch, with a full cross-platform support, means that you should be able to compete in the next Championship Series from your Nintendo console!

Finally, outside of conferences was announced the Injustice 2 Pro Circuit, with ELEAGUE returning to fighting games after their Street Fighter V Invitational to host the $250.000 World Championship in October.
Supercell also revealed their new game with a Youtubers’ tournament: Brawl Stars (already available on iOS) , an arena shooter, definitely competitive, with 12 different brawlers, several game modes and maps.

The end of the year will definitely be exciting for all esports fans, and 2018 is bound to be even better!

How to organize your first tournament

Whether you’re a tournament organizer at heart, or have participated in tournaments and now wish to move forward and organize your own, Toornament is the platform to go, with a huge range of settings and possibilities for you to create your dream competition.
In this article, we’re going to see how to create and run your very first tournament, nice and steady.

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Version 2 is LIVE!

After months of relentless work, we are proud to release the new version of our platform! Participants and Organizers are now able to discover for themselves what changed and how we made it evolve.
The whole is going to look a lot like the ancient version, but based on a brand new tournament engine built from scratch on a new database running on a new servers infrastructure, allowing much more traffic than what was previously possible.

Tournament Size

The maximum size of a tournament goes from 256 up to 4096 thanks to the new tournament engine and infrastructure.

New Structure System

structure-v2-1

More freedom, more flexibility! You are now 100% free when it comes to creating a tournament and its structure. You can have several stages played together, of different size, with participants coming in and out at any stage of your tournament.

Learn more about the Structures

New Placement System

v2_a
Along our new structure system comes a brand new way of placing participants into your stages. The seeding and the placement were merged into a single interface to allow for a clearer experience, with new options for you to choose who plays where.

Learn more about the Placement

New Widgets

Another field that needed attention were our widgets. They are now clearer and more user-friendly, and just as beautiful as the rest of the site!

Learn more about the Widgets

Other Changes

Many other aspects of the platform went through some sort of change, among which:

  • Organizer Dashboard now has the same stylesheet as the other parts of the website, and an increasing compatibility with mobile
  • A few changes on the API (namely a page system for matches and participants, revisited matches and stages endpoints, no more schedule)
  • Game stats (as seen in LOL, DOTA2, CS:GO or Bloodbowl 2) won’t be available immediately upon release. They will be back, with all previous data restored, as soon as possible
  • Some least used features disappeared, to simplify the tool and make it the most efficient it can be

What to expect next?

The Version 2 being out means that we are going to go back to working on new features and improvements, after having spent those last few months dedicated to the task at hand.
We already made good progress towards some of the most requested features from our organizers:

  • Tournament and match check-in
  • Match chat system (first available on the web platform, on the mobile app next), as seen below:

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This is just the beginning, so stay tuned for a whole lot of new features and exciting stuff to come in the future, because we’re only getting started!

Developers: Version 2 and API Modifications

maintenance V2 Release is scheduled on the 31st of May, and all changes listed in this article will then become effective.

Introduction

With the new version just around the corner, it is time for us to address organizers/developers using our API on what’s about to change for them.
First of all, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Toornament API is still in a beta state, and a constant work in progress, changes are bound to happen, and all feedback is, as usual, appreciated and taken into account.

To the users of our Scheduling Tool or CS:GO Bots (eBot and AdminBot), nothing to worry about, those will still work perfectly fine, the bots just won’t be able to send stats for a while, but without creating any issue.

New pagination system

Two endpoints now have parameters pagination:

  • GET tournaments/{tournament_id}/participants
  • now has 256 items per page (no change for tournaments with less than 256 participants)

  • GET tournaments/{tournament_id}/matches
    now has 100 items per page

Changes in the “Matches” endpoints

  • ALL /tournaments/{tournament_id}/matches/...

In all endpoints, the timezone property now returns null in matches and does nothing if you try to send Timezone information.
You have to use the one situated in the tournament’s endpoint.
The date properties are now returned with the Timezone setting of the tournament.

  • GET /tournaments/{tournament_id}/matches
  • GET /tournaments/{tournament_id}/matches/{id}
  • GET /disciplines/{discipline_id}/matches

When set to 1, the with_games parameter will no longer return participants information. They can be found in the match opponent properties.

Deprecated feature: Schedule

  • GET /tournaments/{tournament_id}/schedules

We are not talking about match schedules here, but the Schedule feature, used to create events linked to the tournament.
This one goes down the drain entirely, and the endpoint returns an empty array.

Stages endpoints

  • GET /tournaments/{tournament_id}/stages
  • GET /tournaments/{tournament_id}/stages/{number}
  • GET /tournaments/{tournament_id}/stages/{number}/view

The tournament engine has been rebuilt from scratch and now uses a brand new staging system.
The current stages API endpoints will no longer be working, a new version of the endpoints will be released soon.

Game statistics

Upon the release of the new version, game statistics as seen in CS:GO (when a bot is used), DOTA2, League of Legends and Bloodbowl 2 won’t be available.
Their return is a priority to us. In the meantime, all endpoints properties related to specific game statistics (opponent lineup, pick&bans etc.) will return null.
The API used to write statistics with the CS:GO bots will return code 200 responses, but with no action attached.

The API documentation will be updated with all these modifications when the V2 is released on the 31st of May.

Use Case: Super Evil Megacorp (Vainglory)

Last week-end was played the first ever Western Unified Tournament in Vainglory, with teams from both Europe and North America competing for the honor of being the first champion, and their fair share of the $60.000 Cash Prize.
In case you missed it, all the results can be found on Toornament:

We’ve been working hand in hand with Super Evil Megacorp from the get go, in their attempt at making their game a huge esports title, and it’s time to take a look back at the long way already made, and what’s still to do.

First things first, please introduce yourself and your company

Hello! My name is Heini Vesander, and I am the Executive Producer for esports at Super Evil Megacorp. Super Evil is a game studio based in San Mateo, California. We build soulful, beautiful core gaming experiences for the next generation of gamers on touch screens.

Could you present your game Vainglory?

Heini:Sure thing! Vainglory is a MOBA for mobile, and the world’s #1 mobile esport. We launched the game in July 2015, after an early release phase, and we’re excited about how enthusiastic our community is! Vainglory is a full-on MOBA for iOS and Android. Players play on a team of 3 against another team of 3 and the goal is to destroy the Vain crystal in the opponent’s home base. The game is about outplaying your opponents real-time using powerful heroes and perfecting team coordination. The game is free to play and download – and there’s no timers or energy mechanics. So players can play as much as they want.

Vainglory is a mobile game, built with Esports in mind, what is your take on Esports on mobile?

Heini:Vainglory was built with the aim to build a deep, meaningful player experience on mobile. A game that’s community-driven and fun to play with friends. We built Vainglory ground up for mobile, without trying to casualize the MOBA genre – nor make a direct port from another platform. In doing so, we built a game that is competitive and fun to watch. We dreamt that the game would become an esport, but honestly, the community surprised us by organizing competitive tournaments way before we even said “esports”. Based on feedback from the community, we added a spectator mode and later a built a spectator client that runs on a mac to empower esports.

The Western Unified Championship stage, in London – ©ESL UK

And so, we believe in the potential of mobile esports. Especially if you look at the numbers – 700 million PCs out there, and 3 billion smartphones. Some day soon, mobile esports will become big. Weather the leading title will be Vainglory or something else remains to be seen. We’re super excited about the growth of our competitive scene, and we’ve welcomed amazing teams like Fnatic, Cloud9, Echo Fox, TSM and G2 esport. We’ve also seen homegrown teams like Hammers and Gansktars succeed. It’s still early days for mobile esports and we’re very excited about the near future.

The Western Unified Championship Trophy, lifted by the winners, Cloud9 – ©ESL UK

How did you discover Toornament?

Heini:The very first Vainglory community tournaments were run by VGL (vaingloryleague.com), and they were using the Toornament platform. It proved to work really well. What we really like is how easy the tournament brackets are to share on social media and especially on websites. VGL inspired us to use Toornament for our Vainglory8 broadcasts!

What are the features you use most on Toornament?

Heini:What’s really great with Toornament is how easy it is to organize and handle big tournaments. It’s also very easy to share access to the many people involved. The platform’s simple design works both for desktop and mobile, and the app is an easy way for teams to follow the status of the tournament.

What feature would you like to see added to Toornament?

Heini:Our first wish is a feature that allows us to schedule multiple matches and series to specific dates and times. Currently, each match needs to be reported manually, which makes the process complicated and slow when the brackets are big. Our second wish is an improved way for teams to report their scores and screenshots of end-of-match.

We’d like to thank Super Evil Megacorp for their trust in our platform, and especially Heini Vesander for having taken the time to answer our questions. As for his wishes, one has already been almost fulfilled, with our Scheduling Tool that allows organizers to batch edit their match schedules on a single page, and many more things possible thanks to our API.
We will keep improving the experience of our users, organizers and participants alike, and we take into account and study every feedback that’s made to us!

HOTS Spring Season is coming to an end

After tough times for its MOBA title, Blizzard has decided to put on a great spread for his new 2017 season with the launch in 2016 of the Heroes Global Championship (HGC), an A-Team league that runs in North America, Europe, China and Korea in a double round robin league format. Teams are earning compensation just for participating, and several international events are set with massive cash prizes. Each season sees a Mid-Season Brawl, divided into Western and Eastern regions, and ends on a Season Championship.

Slots available for the Spring Championship

Having your Esports infrastructure evolve is one thing, but the game itself needed a serious redoing, because of the competition that League of Legends and DOTA2 provide. This led to the release, one month ago, of Heroes of the Storm v2.0, a huge update that didn’t influence the meta, but added a whole lot of new features and contents to the game, among which new heroes, events, battlegrounds and a brand new progression system.

The Phase 1 of the Spring Season is now over for almost a week, and as usual, we have all the results and replays, in case you missed any of it:

This League play was divided into two parts, to let the teams have a break, between mid-february and mid-april, period when was played the Clashes, with teams coming from the leagues, but also teams from minor regions such as ANZ and LATAM:

As for Europe and North America, two teams will advance to the Championship. The first one being the Top Rank from the League Play:

  • ts Tempo Storm in North America
  • fnatic Fnatic in Europe

They will be joined by a second team, winner of the Season Playoffs, that will pit Ranks 2 to 6 from the League Play in a gauntlet-style bracket (meaning it is a single-branch bracket where better seeds from the League get byes into later stages):

Those playoffs will be played over the week-end, and as stated, only one team will come out of each, to try their skill against teams from all over the world in the Spring Championship, set to take place mid-june.

For our french community, Millenium is currently running qualifiers for their Storm Cup, with a 4,000€ cashprize. There are two qualifiers remaining, and you can apply to both of them!

Pour notre communauté française, sachez que Millenium organise actuellement des qualifications pour la Storm Cup, un tournoi à 4000€ de CashPrize dont les phases finales seront jouées à Paris. Il reste deux tournois de qualification, et vous pouvez vous inscrire aux deux!

Présentation du Tournoi

Qualification #3Qualification #4

Toornament v2: Release date and what to expect

Introduction

We’ve been hinting and teasing you with our upcoming Version 2 for almost 5 months now, and it’s time we put an end to it.

The Release Date will be the 31st of May!

maintenance The migration to the new version will cause an interruption in service on that day! More information to come soon, but the platform will not be available for a few hours during office hours (CEST)

Organizers, participants and spectators will discover our new platform, that is going to look a lot like the old one, but built on a brand new tournament engine, built from scratch on a new database running on a new servers infrastructure, allowing much more traffic than what is currently possible. For starters, changes will mainly be on the Organizers’ side, here they are.

Tournament Size

4096_part
The maximum size of a tournament will go from 256 (current limit) to 4096 thanks to the new tournament engine and infrastructure.

New Structure System

structure-v2-1
More freedom, more flexibility! You are now 100% free when it comes to creating a tournament and its structure. You can have stages played along, of different size, with participants coming in at any stage of your tournament.

Learn more about the Structures

New Placement System

v2_a
Along our new structure system comes a brand new way of placing participants into your stages. The seeding and the placement were merged into a single interface to allow for a clearer experience, with new options for you to choose who plays where.

Learn more about the Placement

New Widgets

widgets_v2
Another field that needed attention were our widgets. They are now clearer and more user-friendly, and just as beautiful as the rest of the site!

Learn more about the Widgets

Other Changes

Many other aspects of the platform are going to undergo some sort of change, among which:

  • Organizer Dashboard now has the same stylesheet as the other parts of the website, and an increasing compatibility with mobile
  • A few changes inbound on the API, with more detail available next week
  • Game stats (as seen in LOL, DOTA2, CS:GO or Bloodbowl 2) won’t be available immediately upon release. They will be back, with all previous data restored, as soon as possible
  • Some least used features disappeared, to simplify the tool and make it the most efficient it can be

What to expect next?

The Version 2 being out means that we are going to go back to working on new features and improvements, after having spent those last few months dedicated to the task at hand.
We already made good progress towards some of the most requested features from our organizers:

  • Tournament and match check-in
  • Match chat system (first available on the web platform, on the mobile app next), as seen below:

user_chat

This is just the beginning, so stay tuned for a whole lot of new features and exciting stuff to come in the future, because we’re only getting started!

Toornament v2: Widgets

In the scope of our new version, we have had to rethink the widgets entirely. Lots of organizers have given us their feedback, and we are proud to present them, and you, our new widgets!

All changes have been made with one main issue in mind: Clarity.

Being embedded on different parts of websites, widgets have to be clear, intelligible and easy to use. This could be achieved by following two guidelines:

  • No more navigation. What you see is what you get. Chosen information is immediately visible and accessible.
  • A modern, stripped down and refined style, to emphasize important information.

The tournament widget is now be divided into several separate widgets. No menu to navigate from one to the other. There will be a widget for each one of these categories:

  • Participants
  • Matches List
  • Groups List
  • Bracket
  • Information & Registration

As of now, all widgets but the “Participants” one are available in their new version. The “Information & Registration” one comes with 4 variants depending on the current status of the tournament:

widget_infos

Tournament has not started yet

widget_reg

Tournament has not started yet, with registrations open

widget_running

Tournament is currently running

Tournament is over

Here is the new look of the Stage-based widgets:

Round-Robin Groups

Bracket

And here is the new “Schedule” widget:

Matches Schedule

Those widgets, and the ones still to come will also be available in a Dark Mode shortly. And to finish, here’s a sneak peek at our “Participants” widget, which is still a work in progress:

widget_participants