October 30, 2010

Konkuri – Organize a Tournament

You’ve played in hundreds of sports tournaments organized by other people, so why not take a leap and put on your own? With Konkuri, creating a real-world sports or gaming tournament is easy. Whether you’re scheduling a Guitar Hero tournament with your friends, an amateur ping-pong competition at school, or a pre-season basketball tournament for members of the sports league you coach for, putting together a game series with Konkuri is free, easy, and fun.

To create a tournament from scratch, just enter the name of your sport, the style of tournament—round robin, brackets, or groups/playoffs—and the number of competitors you’ll be inviting. The information will be used to create your tournament site, where you’ll set schedules, manage results, and publish whatever else you wish. All the details that your competing teams need can be found on your tournament website, including addresses, game times, rules, and contact information. Although the application will generate a tournament schedule based on the team information you put in, you can easily tweak the schedule and make adjustments to better meet the needs of yourself and your players. Select the times and dates when each game should be played, and then manually enter the game scores and results as they come in.

Depending on how lively your crowd is, you may want to utilize Konkuri’s wall posting and commenting features, where players can ask questions, leave notes, and trash talk their competitors before an upcoming match. Extensive moderating features help administrators track what’s posted on the boards and allow them to delete comments that are inappropriate or rude. For tournament hosts and players alike, Konkuri is an application that makes the setting up a sports tournament just as fun as playing in one.

Practical Uses:

  • Organize a pre-season basketball tournament for your league
  • Get details about a tournament your kids are playing
  • Create a centralized place where players can find out who they’re matched up against for the next game
  • Chat with competitors by posting comments on Konkuri’s tournament wall

Insider Tips:

  • Use Konkuri’s automatically generated brackets, or create your own set-up
  • “Follow” any Konkuri tournament to receive updates whenever changes are made
  • Players who “join” a tournament will have game results automatically posted to their Konkuri profile
  • Each tournament has a unique URL, making it easy for players to find the tournament page

What we liked:

  • Konkuri has taken the confusing process of organizing a sports tournament and made it much easier
  • People can use Konkuri to find tournaments they want to play in nearby
  • Messages posted on a Konkuri tournament page can be cross-posted on Facebook
  • Tournament organizers can invite individual players to “join” any tournament

What we didn’t like:

  • Larger sports organizations that already have a tournament organization system in place may be hesitant to switch to Konkuri
  • Administrators will need to carefully moderate the comments that players leave on the tournament wall, since trash talking could easily get out-of-hand


Company Info:

  • Launched: September 2009 (Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Bologna, Italy
  • Founded by: Matteo La Rosa, Andrea Lelli, and Federico Panciroli
  • Web site:


  • Free

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