Here is what I am sending to my venue. Let me know what you think.
THE FUTURE OF THE NORCAL DOWNTOWN THROWDOWN
Our tournament scene has been growing and thriving thanks to our joint efforts! Without your support the Norcal Downtown Throwdown (NDT) wouldn’t be where it is today. Having said that, I believe that we can continue to grow and expand the NDT. Below are some suggestions that I believe would ensure the expansion, growth and stability of the tournament scene we have established.
Acquisition of more monitors. Through this we will be able to throw larger tournaments and a larger variety of games. At the moment we are stuck with Super Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3. With King of Fighters XIII, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Tekken Tag 2 there are many more games that the community are looking forward to playing competitively. With the ability to throw larger tournaments we will see larger turnouts and in return acquire more venue fee.
A point system. This is an idea that we will give tournament players a set amount of points based on participation and performance. The points will determine seeding in the tournament brackets as well as special bonuses and perks granted at the end of the NDT season. I have already planned on starting this and will begin on the first tournament of the year starting in February.
More frequent tournaments. More tournaments on set dates ensure that we get more venue fee at the end of the year. It also ensures that people will understand we take what we are doing is serious and stable.
Taking a piece of the venue fee either 20-30% and giving back to the players. This is important because players are traveling from extreme distances (up to 2 hours) to get to our tournaments. This is a kick back saying thanks for supporting us! Some of the tournaments players are going to donate things like shirts and other merchandise to raffle at the end of the year. An idea is that we take the venue fee and the store can take some of it to buy an EVO monitor for first place, a tournament stick for second place, and for third place a gift card to the store itself. This ensures that the venue fee is still used to benefit the store though it will be used to give back to the players.
Live tournament stream. If we find a way to get someone to stream our tournaments live this will not only please our current tournament players but advertise our tournament scene to other people and bring more players in.
The birth of a major (a huge tournament thrown at the end of the year at a different venue). Through the collaboration and support of venues within the immediate are (Davis, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco) we can create an opportunity to pull in hundreds of gamers rather than 50. Of course this is an idea that has to be well thought out, supported and planned.
A day that we can rent out the game room to players to practice and get together. If we charged 2-3 dollars a head for a day of gaming we can get more use out of the gaming room. This can be done on the weekends that the room isn’t being used for other tournaments or our own tournament.
These are my ideas and I believe if we can work on these goals our venue and tournament scene can grow steadily and exponentially. Thank you for your time and support.
Jacob P Schmidt