Running Long Term Online Events — Lessons Learned From Groove of War #5 & #6

Don’t run really long, single events

Automation is a wonderful thing

It’s OK to make cuts if it makes running events more manageable

Exam seasons are a thing

Keep formats simple

The end of the pandemic will cause more issues to running events than the pandemic itself did

So what comes next

  1. The ladder season that leads into the second qualifier for Groove of War 7 has started, including a new map pool. Ladder seasons will include monthly participation prizes going forward too as TYM no longer requires as much prize support.
  2. Groove of War 7 ladder qualifier 1 should be later this July.
  3. A new Test Your Mettle event will be coming up soon, with a number of maps to be tested.
  4. Groove of Nations will be announced later in July and start in August. The event page is one of the things I’ll be working on after finishing this article.
  5. Groove of War 7’s main event will last 2 months, likely starting in late October and ending in December.
  6. Running more events such as map-making events and meme contests.
  7. There will be an event in January-March that will serve to shift the Groove of War schedule back by 3 months to solve the issue of finals taking place during exam season and December. Possibly with the inclusion of the Advance Wars sequel as a second event, but details on this aren’t close to being final. Planning on this event will take place once Groove of Nations is finalised.
  8. Continuing the make changes to the event structure of Groove of War going forward. The 6-month structure with qualifiers and the main event seems sound, so it hopefully should stay fairly stable from this point onwards.
  9. Maybe a live-event meetup at some point. Most likely at an existing esports event with space for people to run some kind of side event.
  10. At some point, we will have to prepare for whatever “Moregroove” is, but that is far down the priority list.

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Esports events manager from Glasgow. Currently running events for Groove of War and Esports Scotland. Former events team member at Versus Scotland.

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David Barrett

David Barrett

Esports events manager from Glasgow. Currently running events for Groove of War and Esports Scotland. Former events team member at Versus Scotland.

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