Running an Effective Tournament – “Increase the competition and get players returning for regular tournaments”

August 5, 2015 by DigiGames

Welcome back to the blog and I hope by now you are starting to get a flavor of what we are all about. With the mass of tips, hints and opinions so far put forward to aid you in your trivia hosting5 career I hope you have at least found something to help you along the way. No matter what type of night you are hosting take a look at our archives and there will be something to aid you and if not stay tuned as there is plenty more to come.

In this blog post we are going to look at how to run effective tournaments over the scale of a period of time. Recently in the blog we looked at how to run a trivia tournament involving perhaps one night and one crowd but here we are looking at a tournament spread over a month or longer to increase suspense, attendance and get everyone talking. Are you looking to create a stand out trivia night in your local area? Are you wanting to attract customers from far and wide to your venue? Then perhaps running an effective tournament is just the blog article to help you.

Running an Effective Tournament – Why?

By their very nature, people who attend trivia events are a competitive bunch. The whole purpose of a trivia event (yes they will TELL you its for fun) but in actual fact the whole purpose is the competition. Beating others, a test of wits and memory….that is what trivia is all about. Look at the faces of the people on Jeopardy and The Chase. They want to win….they are there, playing trivia to win! For the interests of your customers running an effective tournament where perhaps 1 person per week qualifies for a grand final will keep them hooked, tap into this competitive edge and make sure the players keep coming back to qualify. If you run a Trivia tournament every 2 months and have 8 weeks of qualifying, players will make sure they do what they can in that eight weeks to qualify. Make it a good prize at the end of it and that gives them even more to strive for!

….and also think about the needs of the venue owner. If you are giving players even more reason and even more incentive to come back then they will see an increase in business and you will have achieved your aim. It works for everyone!

Running an Effective Tournament – As an add on…

One thing I would say though as you are considering running an effective tournament is to ensure that you perhaps make it as an “added extra” to your usual trivia night. Perhaps the last 30 minutes of the entire night is a special bonus round (talk to the bar manager and make this during happy hour etc) where the winning player of team qualifies for your tournament. You need to be careful not to put make people feel isolated, or punish them for being poorer players than the others. I like trivia tournament qualification that relies on 50% luck and 50% skill. At the end of my trivia night I have a nearest the pin style question….something like a number, a date, or a year that nobody is going to know off hand and the closest person to guess wins. This means that people with a good educated guess will have a chance but also people plucking a number from the air may also still win. At at least everyone will feel involved.

Check out the rest of this article at

DigiGames DigiGames (54 Posts)

Are you looking for customizable, innovative and creative game show trivia software and technology that will set you apart from the rest of the competition? Are you looking to boost your trivia business, secure customers and appeal to a wider trivia market? Then DigiGames is the place for you. With over 15 years’ experience in the Trivia industry DigiGames provides you with expert advice, information and materials with the finest and most innovative technology and unrivaled customer service. If you are in the Trivia business then DigiGames is your route to success!

Filed Under: Game Shows & Trivia for Mobile DJs, Mobile DJ Business