Well, there's certainly a reliability factor going on there. There's really no surefire way to actually control the integrity of players to create tournaments that will actually fill. It must be done in a way that would determine the "experience" of players, in my opinion. When I say "experienced" players, I mean people who understand the basic concept of the game, and would be able to make more reasonable choices when creating tournaments. More experienced players (not based by skill, or anything like that) would be able to be better judges of what tournaments they desire, and how they will create them for the effect of their envisioned maximum players versus the type of tournament they wish.
The only thoughts off the top of my head to control this would be to restrict multiple large tournaments to Members only. Because now that tournaments can be accessed by anyone with the required level, there have been people creating tournaments with no idea how to use them. It would seem that players would be less willing to spend $15 or $30 to create tournaments with not much idea how to use them. But there will always be players who buy the membership to support the game, or to automatically unlock features they have been wishing to have with the membership. The "experience" of players would be easily bypassed with this feature, possibly without having the integrity that I speak of to create tournaments that they wish.
Therefore, you could divide the open tournaments into different categories. Such as RR/Single Elim./Double Elim. and even further to Single Elimination Small (1-4 Bracket Size)/ Single Elimination Large (5+ Bracket Size) and RR Small (<10 players)/RR Large(>10 players). This will unfortunately keep the enormous clutter currently on the open tournaments tab, but it would allow players to shorten the possibilities of what they would preferably like to play, and if they find a decent tournament they would like to play in, then they would join. The amount of tournaments could also be restricted with the above proposal. However, one limitation would be if a player wants a specific setting. Could they then have a search bar that might allow them to narrow their searches even further? A more categorized open tournaments tab would certainly appeal to me, but I still rely on people to manually invite me. If I like the settings, then I join. I don't actively go around searching for tournaments, unlike some people. But I think a search tab would also be of great use.
However, the search tab would bank on the concept of having people name their tournaments in a fashion the player looks for, and not have some wacky name. For instance, if I was looking for a Middle Earth tournament, I could search for LotR, Middle Earth, etc. and get different results for each search. Not to mention some tournaments that have creative titles (of which I can't think of any) that would not show up due to it not having the keywords that are being searched for.
Divisions could also be based off of:
- Local Deployments
- Luck Modifiers/Attack-Defensive Kill Ratios
which would all be unlocked at a specific level, depending on what level you would consider players to be "experienced" in. This could directly relate to when players unlock this ingame feature to use in their created games. Such as having the ability to join tournaments with "Pure Skill" (of which all the necessary components must be obtained: No-luck Cyclic Move Order, 0% Straight Rounded Luck, etc.) once the level that is required to make games with that feature is unlocked.
You could also have a set time limit, such as when creating Real-Time open tournaments. However, I admit there are some massive problems with that off the bat, such as having to restart tournaments if they don't fill in a timely fashion (which might cause some disgruntlement, as some tournaments may be close to starting when they are unceremoniously deleted). However, this mainly might help for the massive amounts of tournaments created by players who've just unlocked tournaments, and are trying to experiment with them. (Speaking of which, are there any ways of automatically deleting tournaments after a certain number of days expire? This would also be able to help, but I'm guessing it's some outrageous figure like 114 days or so.)
I'll post other solutions, if I can think of any.
Again, this is just off the top of my head, and I'm not in the best state of mind to offer great insight. I'm sure there will be other solutions that are better than mine. Questions/Comments greatly appreciated.
Edited 2/10/2015 06:22:05