It’s not Wednesday, it’s Thursday! But I’m sending this post out anyways because I was in the computer lab working on my capstone project for 6 hours last night! Super lame because not only did I miss the opportunity to post this, I also missed NASL and catching up on some other exciting eSports news. :(
Anyways, ranting aside, I wanted to talk about a website I found this last weekend while I was attending the TCO Starcraft 2 event. I had never heard of Challonge prior, but after taking a look I could see some major potential in the services they offer. Challonge offers users free setup of tournament brackets using single or double elimination, round robin, or the Swiss-system. It’s an easy process and a great resource for small, mid-sized, and even large events. They also offer the option to setup brackets on your own site but run the service through them for free or a very low cost (if you want the premium features). This way you can still keep people on your site and leave the bracket back-end up to them. Not a bad idea! They also offer an API for developers looking to build upon the pre-existing system, which is just a nice, friendly thing to do. :)
So go take a peak and consider using the Challonge system for your next LAN event. I think you’ll be pleased with the results.