This is the day TourneyPlay 3, a national tournament in Washington, is run. Appearing shortly after
the other national tournament Active Gamers, and judging based off of the results there, this tournament will be one not to miss! I interviewed the Game Clucks (or GC) guy on this to help shed more light on the tourney.
Falln: Alright, let’s get started. What exactly is TourneyPlay?
GC guy: TourneyPlay is an event company that specializes invideogame tournaments, specifically smash. TourneyPlay sets up, organizes, and runs the events. TourneyPlay in that regard sponsors the tournaments, but it looks for outside sponsors to help drive players to the tournaments. My LAN Center (GameClucks) is one of these.
Falln: Ah, so if I am not mistaken, this is the third TourneyPlay. When exactly is it?
GC guy: Yes, this is the third large event TourneyPlay has run. In the past, we had a tournament circuit in a national game store chain, but in the last two years we have reorganized the company and so over the last 12 months we have run larger events. TourneyPlay 3 is on October 16th through the 18th, with the first day being for friendlies.
Falln: Does anyone help you run these tournaments?
GC guy: In the legal and business ramifications, I am responsible for the events, but I reach out and ask local Washington
players to assist in the event. The live stream is set up and managed by Dr. Mario 12, Eggz helps with recruiting and housing, Praxis and Jamnt0ast help with getting people to the event, etc.
Falln: So many tournaments have different goals. Some are just for many smashers to get together, some are to determine who’s the best from what region, some are for profit, and the like. What’s the goal of TourneyPlay?
GC guy: I would like to see Smash become a large tournament game, a large professional tournament game that is, and I think I can do that. Obviously not on my own, and maybe not even as just TourneyPlay, but I think Smash can be HUGE, it just needs someone or a group of people that want to take it and run with it. I am one of those people.
Falln: A common fear of large tournaments is that it will not finish in time. Does your tournament have a particular method to speed it up?
GC guy:. Each TourneyPlay event has got better at running efficiently I run three monthly events through the LAN Center, but signing 40 people up and seeding the event is a lot easier then 80-120 people. At TP3 we will have a more organized "front counter" system for sign-ins. I chose to not go with pre-registration again, so all sign-ins will be at the door. Once players are signed in, I will get two or three of the most "player knowledgeable" people at the event and we will take 10 minutes to look at seeding. I also do not like Pools personally as a TO, so for Brawl 1v1 we will use a multiple bracket system to get to our top 32 for the Pro Bracket. Also, the top 16 players will be moved instantly to the Pro Bracket. That way no one ends up having to face someone like M2K i the qualifier rounds. So we will advance the top 16 players to the Pro Brawl 1v1 bracket. We will then divide everyone else up into 4 qualifier brackets and play those out, taking the top 4 from each of those to arrive at the top 32 players for the Pro Bracket. Seeding for Brawl 2v2 and then all of Melee will likely go straight to the one and only bracket for that event, which will be seeded based upon the best available information we have.
Falln: It’s a good thing you bring up seeding. What is the primary goal of the seeding: to space out different regions or to strictly seed based on skill?
GC guy: As far as players from same areas, we will do our best to avoid 1st round match ups, but I am pretty well known for seeding a bracket based on 1st round and quarter finals. If possible we will work through 2nd round also, but my primary goal is 1st round and quarter finals. I try to seed as fairly as possible. Where we will get complaints is in the 32 man Pro Bracket... but in that the ONLY goal is fairness. It’s the top 32 players at the event. There is no "easy" match. Friends and such are not a concern at that point because now its 100% for money. The Pro Bracket is all about the tournament. Meeting your friend in round 1 is not a concern at that point.
Falln: Ah. Pertaining to the rules, will you use the SBR ruleset or make your own?
GC guy: The SBR.
Falln: Also, what is the venue fee of the tournament going to be like, considering TourneyPlay is a company?
GC guy: With TourneyPlay, we have a venue fee and then tournament fee's. event fee's go to the prize pool. Venue fee's pay for the venue and any profit the company would make. At this point in our company life, we are looking to break even and provide a quality event, but since we are a company, profits are something we would like to see in the future. But right now, we want a quality event and to build the community. Profit will come from that growth, but tournament entry fees are 100% prize pool.
Falln: So this tourney will be used to give future tourneys more of a business stance?
GC guy: Yes. I want to be able to take TourneyPlay into 4 or 5 large cities every year and start a country wide circuit. At that point, you almost can not help but be making money
Falln: Haha, money’s always a nice thing to have. What is the turn out expected to be?
GC guy: Washington, Norcal, Oregon, Socal, Canada, Vegas, maybe Reno, Midwest (or more specifically, Mew2King), and a couple other regions. I’m expecting around 100 players in brawl and with other events a total of 200-250 players.
Falln: That sounds great! Well, that’s about it. Thank you for your time and I wish you luck for TourneyPlay 3!
GC guy: No problem. Thanks for the interview!