The premise is pretty simple, we run a tournament online and people can sign up. We take donations as entry fee, and we offer up prizes for first, second and third place or something. The basic idea is pretty simple, people sign up, we put them in to brackets, and we play until there is a winner. We'll need to set up rules for the tournament around forfeiting, scoring, griefing, teams, etc. but that can be decided later.
As for what game we would have the tournament for, that would be TBD based on the next step. The basic requirements for a game to qualify for tournament play would be:
- Is played and scored online
- Scores are viewable online after the game (in some form, even if it is just replays)
- Clear victor in a game (sorry Minecraft)
- Must be able to be played in a reasonable amount of time (we can't run a tournament for a game that takes days to complete)
Good candidates may include areas such as:
- Established tournament settings/rules
- Spectator or observer in the game
- Can be live streamed with relative ease
Places like MLG and other gaming tournament organizations would probably be a good place to look for candidates for games.
For this, we'd likely need a website or something to allow people to sign up and donate. The site would be a way to track progress throughout the tournament, see how teams are doing and maybe watch replays if supported. The donations would be taken in through the Child's Play Paypal directly, with no handling of money done by us (similar to how Mario Marathon does it).
Creation of the site and resources is something that can either be done by someone willing (I can if need be), or by a few of us collectively. I've got hosting we can use, and we'd just need a domain name or something. They are cheap and I'd be happy to donate one if we can pick one we like.
Prize levels will probably depend on how many people there are, what game, and what sort of response we get. I'd be willing to chip in for some prizes, though if we can get more people chipping in, we can get more. This will be the tricky part, seeing as how we won't know ahead of time how much money we'll be able to raise, but entry fee (or minimum donation) will probably dictate how good of prizes we shoot aim for.