Quick Overview of Discord Tournaments

Quizbowl tournaments over Discord simulate the in-person quizbowl experience through a combination of audio, video and chat-based buzzing. Anyone with a computer, a headset and passable broadband can play an online tournament. Online tournaments are typically announced on the forums and tournament database at https://www.hsquizbowl.org.

Tournament directors create a Discord server for the tournament, use bots to configure the server for quizbowl, and then invite players, coaches and staff to the server. Each person attending the tournament is generally in a different physical location, although in some cases people may be in the same space.

A Discord quizbowl match in progress

Players and coaches are assigned to team roles. Each round in the tournament, the team will be assigned to a room to play a match against one other team. Everyone will join a video call and the moderator will read questions just like in an in-person match. Players use the text chat in place of physical buzzers to buzz in.

Discord tournaments will take at least as long as a regular tournament, and probably about 25% longer. Everyone attending the tournament should commit to it like an in-person event.

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