IQ Entry Fee Increase!

We’ve heard feedback from organizers like you about the $25 maximum entry fee for IQs. Starting in October, we’re increasing the maximum entry fee to $30! Two important points to note:

The $30 entry fee will be the new default. You’re welcome to charge less, but contact us with that information so your StarCityGames.com advertising will be correct.

The StarCityGames.com Event Guarantee is adjusting to match this increase, guaranteeing the following numbers of players per event:

  • 25 players for Invitational Qualifiers
  • 50 players for Super IQs
  • 90 players for Elite IQs

This guaranteed amount fully covers the event fee and prize support incurred with running these events, so organize with confidence!

If you have any other questions about the IQ entry fee increase, don’t hesitate to contact us at isp@starcitygames.com. Thanks for being an Organizer with us!

Game Night Is Here!

On September 3, the Star City Game Center and local game stores worldwide will host the inaugural Game Night! With cool Creature Collection prizes and a fun, laid-back atmosphere, Game Night is the perfect program to bring customers to your store on Wednesdays.

If you’re hosting your first Game Night on September 3, congratulations and remember to keep it fun! If you didn’t sign up for September, we’d love to see you join for October! If you want to sign up for Game Night or have any questions about it, contact the In-Store Programs team: gamenight@starcitygames.com.

Top Deck Games / Card Titan

Top Deck Games, a brick-and-mortar store in Westmont, New Jersey, has been in business less than three years (it opened its doors on Black Friday in 2011). In that short time, though, it’s emerged as a force in Magic tournament organizing. Nick Coss, a founder of Top Deck Games and its online counterpart Card Titan, answered some of our questions about TDG’s rapid rise and the challenges faced by new organizers. Read more

Preparing for Success Part 3

Preparing your store and local area for an event is an essential but often-neglected side of holding a tournament. Effective advertisement and “perks” can boost turnout and profit!

Event-day sales have been successful in the past, and advertising the sale along with the event can bring players out to your store. Sale examples include a coupon for all event participants, discounts on all cards for the format of the event, or giving away special products like T-shirts (or other products) with your store logo. Remember, the more people who have your products, the more free advertising you get! Read more

How should I give out my Game Night prizes?

Like most everything with Game Night, prize distribution is entirely up to you, the organizer. There really is no wrong way to hand out the prizes as long as they’re going to your players on Game Night. That said, here are a few tips to help you decide on a Game Night prize structure that will increase your Magic customer traffic on Wednesday nights. Read more