Coming Out to Play

For many attendees a tournament is more than a competition to determine the best player. As support for fighting games in arcades continues to decline, community organised tournaments have taken their place as the best environment for playing fighting games offline.

This week I’ll discuss the role of casual play at fighting game tournaments. I’ll review the expectations players have regarding casual play during a tournament, and how you can vary your tournament format to meet these expectations. I’ll also review some of the things organisers can do to provide attendees with the best possible casual play experience.

Shadowloo Night Live x Ozhadou Regionals Melbourne

Come down this Sunday to the M9 Bar in Crown for a chance to win a paid ticket to Sydney to represent Melbourne at OHNX in either SSFIV: AE 2012 or UMVC3.

2nd place in either tournament will also receive a minimum of $50 that can be used towards a trip to OHNX. You can find out more information here.

Spectating is also free, or simply watch the action on the stream.

Power to the Players

In recent weeks I’ve outlined how tournament organisers go about setting their official tournament line-up and allocating available resources. The focus so far has been on all tournaments and other activities managed centrally by tournament organisers and staff. However it’s possible to expand your tournament beyond the official line-up by inviting the community to run activities at your event.

This week I’ll discuss the topic of do-it-yourself (DIY) tournaments. I’ll review the origins of the DIY tournament concept, which stretch all the way back to the early days of Evolution. I’ll outline how DIY tournaments can enhance an event and potential pitfalls to be aware of.

OHNX: Press Release and Registration Discounts

Today Berzerk! issued the official press for OHNX. The press release provides an overview of OHNX along with a list of our official sponsors and partner organisations. We’ll be making further announcements about our sponsors in the weeks ahead. In the meantime you can download a copy of the press release here:

Official press release for OHNX.

If you’re planning to attend OHNX, please try to register online soon because the $15 discount on all venue entry fees ends on Monday, 16th of January. This applies to both competitor venue entry – needed to compete in SSF4:AE, UMvC3 and/or TTT2 – and general venue entry – required by anyone not competing in official tournaments but still wanting to play any games at OHNX, including our demo stations for Street Fighter x Tekken.

Remember that YSB, the OHNX: Regionals – Sydney tournament, is taking place at 99 on York this Saturday. People are invited to pay their OHNX entry fees in person at YSB.

SFxT Playable at OHNX

We’re pleased to announce that THQ, the distributor of Capcom’s games in Australia, will be one of the sponsors for OHNX. THQ will be bringing along playable builds of Capcom’s next fighting game release, Street Fighter x Tekken.

SFxT will be available for casual play during OHNX, and we’ll also be holding a special exhibition for SFxT on Saturday evening. If you’d like to try SFxT ahead of its release on the 8th of March 2012, be sure to register for OHNX.

OHNX: Regionals – Sydney

The next event in the OHNX: Regionals series will be taking place in Sydney this Saturday 14th Jan 2012. Competitors at the Jan 2012 edition of York Street Battles (YSB) can earn rank seeds for the SSF4:AE and UMvC3 tournaments at OHNX alongside other OHNX:Regionals winners.

All tournament entry fees raised at this YSB will be donated towards helping interstate OHNX: Regionals winners make their way to Sydney for OHNX. If you’d like to help us out you can also donate directly towards the OHNX:R prize pool.

Keep an eye on the YSB forum thread for links to live brackets and stream details as they become available.