Sunday, August 9, 2020

Online Gaming Tournament

 Less than 30 days until our inaugural Labor Day gaming tournament starts!


One of the reasons to pursue FIRE is having more time for fun with family & friends, and online games have become a lot more accessible in recent years. And luckily we're starting the tournament in just a few steps:


  1. Pick a game

Mobile gaming has grown popular, & there are even games you can play for just a few minutes a day - such as turn-based games like Words with Friends (Scrabble) & Chess by Post.


You can start with picking the type of game that can work - such as fast-paced action games like shooter/sports, fighting, strategy, puzzle, & more.


There is an endless selection to choose from, and you can always search online for what is best for eSports. You can even find games coded on platforms like Scratch, & many games are even Free-to-play.


Our tournament will be family-friendly, so we chose Roblox. Roblox is a large platform of different games options where players can easily create their own games like Capture the flag (CTF). You can download it on PC or mobile device.


There are also many other games are out there, & popular ones include Valorant, Rocket League, & Super Smash Bros. And don't forget Minecraft where players can build worlds together, Realtime Strategy (RTS)  games like Starcraft 2 or Warcraft 3, & even Classic Games using a program like Retroarch - allowing you play Nintendo & other old arcade & console systems.


If you are still not sure you can also check out:

Software makers like Epic games which offers to get free games weekly, & others like

Steam, which you can also use to can also connect with other gamers.


  1. Connect & Practice

Keep in mind that some games may work better with specific controls, such as a mouse or gaming pad.


You'll also need a way to find & communicate with each other to talk & chat through something easy to use on all devices. Something simple like Google Hangouts can work.


There are also other options out there to connect to each other, such as Discord if you want to create a server channel to communicate there, or another gaming community like Steam. Skype is another option as well, which uses the same Microsoft account used for Xbox/Minecraft, so you likely have that.


It helps to have a consistent username/account to make it easy to find you. To get ready for the tournament, join us using this Discord invite.


  1. Play to win

Plan ahead what the schedule will be based on how many are in, how they win & advance to the finals. You can also easily record it for Twitch/YouTube or watch others for ideas.


Many tournaments are out there, & some are even free-entry with prizes like UMG Gaming.

And if you are in to classic console/arcade games, the Retro World Series has some great games lined up this summer like Ms Pac Man, Mario Kart 64, & Super Smash Bros.


Save the date for our tournament, which will be Labor Day weekend Sat 9/5 at 1pm EDT.


Enjoy the game, the prizes, & celebration afterwards.


What is your favorite game to play these days? Let us know @AGamerWarrior

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