1st, sorry if this is in the wrong forum. The “Tournaments” forums seemed either for results of a tournament or announcing a tournament and not actually anything to do with the planning and/or logistics of running one.
I’ve been running tournaments for different games for years now. Recently, I started up a SF4 league at a local PC cafe that has a bunch of 360’s. The league is starting to see some really good turnouts (the first 2 tournaments had around 40 players), but the prizes are never more than a cut of the pot money and free time at the PC cafe. At the tournament, to help build hype and get spectators (since the PC cafe is in popular area of the mall), we have the matches projected onto a screen with me on a microphone MC’ing the whole thing and really getting the crowd hyped. This tends to keep the big crowd of players watching, makes everyone in the PC cafe watch, and since a big mob is formed at the PC Cafe (and a bunch of HYPE can be heard) spectators from around the mall tend to come and watch (almost 100 people maybe).
Why would a sponsor want to support a fighting game league/tournament? We could say “exposure for their company,” but even if I do my best, I don’t think I can get more than 120 - 150 people watching the tournament, and the money they use at our event could probably be used in other, better advertising. I also can’t come up with any GOOD reason for them to provide better (hopefully cash) prizes.
I know keeping it underground and just the players is cool and all, but the only way to get a lot (like 100+ in a local tournament) of players is for their to be better prize money.
Maybe I could move to a better venue, but what would be a good reason to convince a bar or restaurant or pool hall to let us hold a tournament at their venue and provide prizes? For example, a Hooters just opened up where I live and that place would be perfect for a tournament. Tons of HDTV’s all over the restaurant, built in food, built in girls, all ages can come yet there’s alcohol, but WHY would they let us have a tournament?
Sorry if it sounds like I’m asking for all the answers but I only ask because I don’t know. I’ve been racking my brain for a couple days now and I don’t know how to convince businesses to help out the local SF4 scene.
I’m just good at running tournaments and playing Street Fighter. That whole business end is beyond me.