How to Run a Charity Video Game Tournament

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Video games are more popular than ever, and a tournament featuring them can be a great way to make some money for a local charity (as well as having a lot of fun in the process). If you know video game players in your area or have a line on serious enthusiasts, it isn't difficult to do. You mainly need to concern yourself with logistics -- securing the resources you need and ensuring that the required events come off as they should.

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Instructions

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    Determine which game you want to feature in your tournament. Video game titles number in the thousands, and there are a plethora to choose from. For large tournaments, you can include different games, but if this is your first time organizing such an event, you may want to stick to just one. You may also want to decide on a platform , such as Wii, PS3 or X-Box. Some games work on multiple platforms, but you should check before you start in order to avoid confusion.

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    Decide which charity you want to donate your proceeds. A number of worthwhile organizations exist which would be happy to accept donations from your tournament. Contact them and ask if they can help; they may be able to provide you with resources (such as a location or advertising) which you couldn't receive otherwise.

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    Work out the format for your tournament. This includes determining how long it takes to play a given game, whether players will compete directly against each other or use more esoteric methods of judging (such as high scores), and how many rounds of play you can include in the time frame you have. You should also consider how many players you can reasonably expect to participate -- don't plan on a 64-round tournament if you can only get 20 people -- and how you can slowly narrow the participants in order to determine a champion.

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    Determine specific rules for your tournament: the difficulty settings for each game, the parameters for victory and the means of resolving any disputes during the tournament. Seek out a few skilled players to serve as referees for your tournament if you can.

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    Select a prize for the winner -- be it a cash prize, a trophy or video game product -- and prepare to use that in your promotion for the tournament.

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    Organize your logistics. You need a place to host your tournament large enough to hold all of the participants and audience members, as well as consoles and games for each player, powers sources for each console, and screens big enough for audience members to view (if appropriate). Again, the charity you're donating to may be able to help with some of this, and you can also ask participants to bring their own consoles and games (assuming you can guarantee that such equipment is all above board).

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    Set an entry fee for participants and another fee for any audience members who wish to watch. It should cover your expenses while still leaving a handsome amount left over for charity.

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    Spread the word about the time and date of the tournament. Post advertisements in local video game stores, online forums and anywhere where fans might gather. If you can, secure a number of tournament participants as early as possible, while leaving plenty of slots left open for additional participants. Make sure you stress the prizes which are offered and the charity to which you intend to donate the proceeds.

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    Open the doors of your venue on the given date and host the tournament.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on the game, you may wish to contact the company which released it and ask if they can help out. They might have requirements before they sign on, but they can also loan you vital equipment such as game consoles and TV screens if you wish.
  • Depending on the game, you may wish to contact the company which released it and ask if they can help out. They might have requirements before they sign on, but they can also loan you vital equipment such as game consoles and TV screens if you wish.

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