Setting up an online tournament can be quite the undertaking. We've listed the steps below to help make sure everything is set up correctly for your online event. For general information on how online tournaments work on smash.gg please check out this article!
- Close Registration
- Complete Bracket Setup
- Seed the tournament
- Online Bracket Configuration
- Start the Bracket
- Moderate the Tournament
1) Close Registration
- You can do this via the "Publishing" page by marking registration as hidden, or set up the "Registration End Date" ahead of time to close early.
- Additional attendees could add extra rounds to your bracket, messing up round times and scheduling.
- Smash.gg also sends out automated dashboard emails to attendees based on your round times, which includes the start time and how to participate. Closing registration and setting up the brackets as early as possible will ensure these emails get sent out to your attendees.
- Closing registration ~1 hour before tournament start time is recommended to allow ample time for people to register and admins to configure the bracket.
2) Complete Bracket Setup
- Make sure to finalize bracket setup before configuring round times/settings/timers, since changes in phases will alter the rounds and require round configuration to be done again.
- More info on bracket setup can be found here.
3) Seed & Schedule the tournament
- Seeding your tournament spreads out players based on skill. Doing so allows for players to have a more valuable tournament experience. However, seeding can also be useful to move players between pools or positions in the bracket to prevent them from playing players from the same region/team.
- More info on seeding your events can be found here.
- This is also a good time to create a wave for your event. This is especially important if you are running pools. Placing all your pools into a single wave allows you to apply round settings once and apply them to any pools within the same wave.
- More info on waves and scheduling can be found here.
4) Complete Online Bracket Configuration
- Make sure to complete these settings (more details in the article linked above)
- Round times (start time, round duration, etc.)
- Round settings (best of 3, 5, etc.)
- Round timers (DQ timer, verify timer, etc.)
5) Start the Bracket
- Once started, check-in opens 5 minutes before the tournament start time, so it's recommended to start the bracket before then.
- Players are not able check in and start playing until the bracket has started.
- If doing multiple phases (pools, final bracket, etc.) you have to start the bracket for each phase.
- Sets can't be assigned to a stream setup if the bracket has not started. (Assigning sets to a station)
- Seeding is locked once the bracket starts, make sure this step is finished first.
- NOTE: Brackets are automatically published when the bracket is started.
- Moderating the tournament can be done via the "Match Dashboard".