I run an airsoft arena in Portland, OR, and we’ve got a 214" projection TV in our lounge complete with couches and seating for dozens of people. On occasion, I’ll play movies for free to get some people to come hang out, but when I’ve run free game tournaments, they tend to fall short on attendance. I need some advice, and a friend of mine recommended me here.
Next Saturday (Oct 3rd), I’m hosting a Soul Calibur IV tournament with the help of a local buy/sell/trade game retailer. The registration for it seems to be lackluster, so I’m already looking at what I need to change to get more people to show.
I looked around your forums for an ‘Idiot’s Guide to Hosting Tournaments,’ but found nothing that helped me, but I guess that’s what I’m asking for here. If anyone can give me a handful of XBox 360 titles that are commonly played, I’d appreciate it. I assume SF4 is a popular one, but I’m looking to do this every few months, so running the same title constantly will get old. Also, I’m looking for a basic rundown of how the tournament process (brackets, elimination styles, other types?) so my events are as entertaining and interesting as they can be. I am not looking to produce the 200+ person tournaments that some of you have been to, although that would be fantastic if it came together.
Any help from you folks is a great help. Thanks!
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