Within the next couple months, I am going to host a live money tournament at an arcade in New York City.
Right now here's what I'm planning:
Double elimination, 2/3 Initial rounds, 3/5 winners \ losers finals, 3/5 Grand Finals, loser must win one 3/5 set to reset the bracket, then another 3/5 set to win.
This is the structure fighting game tournaments in the US largely use, and I think it's a good one.
Here is an example of what the bracket would look like. I am not planning to use any kind of seeding unless a bunch of big names are planning to attend.
http://challonge.com/tournament/bracket ... BMNHYCJKAV
Entry fee to the venue I am looking into is $10 for all day, which includes access to the games in the arcade. On top of that, there is a tournament entry fee, which will govern the pot size.
I am looking for feedback on what players would be willing to pay in order to compete in a tournament. $10? $20? $40?
If we want to attract new players, it needs to be lower, however I'd definitely like to have the final pot be high.
I am going to personally kick in a pot bonus, which will vary based on how many entrants we have. I'm not taking a cut of the pot (unless I place in the tournament), so the entire thing will be paid out to first, second, and third place players. Assuming a $360 pot, the payout would be something like $240 first place, $80 second place, $40 third place. There may be additional swag and medals etc.
The location I'm thinking about is Next Level in Brooklyn, which has a strong community of fighting game players and a good space for tournaments. (you can see next level on the teamsp00ky twitch.tv stream every weds). Next Level is a 5 minute walk from the D train, which is easy to access from all over NYC. I'll have to look into parking.
The tournament will be minimum 8 people, and I'm going to crunch some numbers on the maximum bracket size we'll accept.
With 8 people, the tournament should take approximately 5 hours. With 16, it will probably be more like 8. So it will take place on a Saturday or Sunday.
This is going to be a Bring Your Own Laptop event
There's internet at the venue, and I'm going to bring in a switch so everyone has a hardwired connection. I'm kind of torn on what to do with disconnects, that player will probably have to take the loss, since anyone can just yank ethernet and pull a loss.
I'm going to stream the event to twitch.tv, and have commentators, hopefully. I'm working out a system for streaming now, probably I'll provide the two streaming laptops and use VNC so we can see both screens. I also need to work out the logistics of having the streamed users in a place where they can't hear people shouting about the match, or see the projector.
That's what I have so far, any thoughts? Anyone interested in travelling to NYC to attend?