Today at lunch (or over the next couple of days) we're going to try a double elimination tournament style battle to see who rises to the top in the "Smack ya Dead Marketing" tournament.
I was quite happy to find the challonge.com website to quickly set this one up! After landing here from a lucky search of the Internet, I remembered seeing at least one of these tournaments pop up over on Pirate101 Central. I think Fiesty Orange had set one up.
Anyway, I like the simplicity of the Challonge style, but it made me think about what other bracket making apps or sites are out there that I could have created our little tournament with. If I do one of these in the future and the participants of the tournament don't bonk me on the head for revealing it to the world, we may want to do another one of these in the future . . . maybe with dare I say . . . MORE participants?! Dun dun dun!
Further searching showed these sites:
Brackets Ninja -- I like that this one looks like you can have a colorful background and use Facebook integration to invite your friends.
Print Your Brackets -- This looks like simply something you'll use to print and hang on a wall. A simple 5 person double elimination print out would have done nicely as well, plus put us in more control over who would go first out of the five. This site also seems like a nice one with some stock "pool" brackets for standard sporting tournaments. Not my scene, but probably good for people who like to "make it interesting."
Tournamentscheduler.net -- Simple interface, but limited to round robin tournaments. This kind of looks like it'd be perfect for scheduling up kids basketball tournaments. *shwoosh*
Binary Beast -- On the surface this looks like an eSports heaven. One look at the bottom tells you that Starcraft, League, and all kinds of gamers use this site. It's probably solid, and it looks donation driven, like most of the other tournament creation sites. Um, the FAQ is super honest: "I have next to zero programming knowledge, so please be patient with our FAQ page"
KonKuri -- This looks to be a paid service . . . but only when you're ready to actually activate the tournament.
. . . there's a ton more, in fact App Crawler pinned down 57 unique apps for iOS devices (and 34 more for Android) that will make tournaments in one way or another.
. . . and that doesn't even touch the game specific tournament sites like Wizard101 Central's PvP Tournaments.
It's actually kind of mind blowing to see how many tournament creation pages are out there, and I'm very interested in hearing your successes with using these or other Tournament pages! Please leave me a comment below and tell me what you use and what you like about it.