The Kansas City Fighting Game Community


[+] What is MAXOUT?

MAXOUT is Kansas City’s monthly fighting game tournament series. Held bimonthly in partnership with Novastar Gaming Center, MAXOUT has been running for around 10 years now, making it one of the longest running tournament series in the Midwest!

As of April 2017:

  • Street Fighter 5 (PS4)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 (PS4)
  • Killer Instinct (XB1)
  • Skullgirls: 2nd Encore (PS4)
  • Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition (PS3)
  • Tekken 7 (PS4)
  • Pokken Tournament (Wii)
  • Injustice 2 (PS4)
  • Under-Night In-birth EXE:Late [st] (PS4)

[+] Is there any limit on the number of games I can play?

Nope! Competitors can enter as many games as they want.

[+] What does it cost to enter a tournament?

Registration is $15 and is handled in person when you arrive at the tournament to register for your games. You will recieve a $5 discount for bringing a tournament standard setup. Beyond that, it costs $10 per game. (with the exception of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, which is $5)

MAXOUT only accepts cash for tournament entries. We cannot take credit card payments. There is a bank close by in case you need to make a withdrawal.

[+] How are the tournaments run? What is the tournament structure?

MAXOUT runs double elimination brackets for all games, as is standard for fighting game tournaments. Upon losing, players are sent to a loser’s bracket. If a player loses when they are in the loser’s bracket, they are eliminated. In other words, a player must lose twice to be eliminated.

Grand finals of each bracket will feature a player coming out on WINNERS and LOSERS side. If the player on the LOSERS side wins, the bracket is reset and the players play another match. In other words, in grand finals, the player coming out of WINNERS needs to win ONCE and the player coming out of LOSERS needs to win TWICE.

[+] What are the rules for each game?

All tournaments will be Double Elimination format, best 2 out of 3 games unless specified otherwise. Current Exceptions: Killer Instinct, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, and Injustice 2 are played best 3 out of 5 for all games.

Winner keeps same character, loser may select a new one.

Winners Finals, Losers Finals, and Grand Finals for all tournaments will switch to best 3 out of 5 matches.

For Ultra Street Fighter 4, the winner is allowed to pick a different Ultra combo but is not allowed to switch characters.

For Street Fighter III: Third Strike, winner is allowed to pick a different Super Art but is not allowed to switch characters.

[+] What is the payout structure?

PRIZES FOR GAMES WITH 64 PLAYERS OR MORE: 1st Place – 50% 2nd Place – 20% 3rd Place – 13% 4th Place – 7% 5th Place (tie) – 3% 7th Place (tie) – 2%

PRIZES FOR GAMES WITH LESS THAN 64 PLAYERS: 1st Place – 70% 2nd Place – 20% 3rd Place – 10%

The "pot" is the pool of money collected from entry fees for the tournament. Occasionally, "pot bonuses" (additional money added to the pot beyond player entry fees) will be featured. We currently offer a guaranteed $150 pot bonus for the Street Fighter V tournament. Pot bonuses will be announced on a per tournament basis on the Facebook event page, so keep an eye out!

[+] Do I need to bring my own controller?

Yes, it is strongly encouraged you bring your own controller. While there is a chance other players may let you use their equipment, players are responsible for having a compatible controller to use on the console that is running the game. All MAXOUT games are run on either Playstation 3 or Playstation 4 consoles. Please make sure your controller is compatible with the console being used for the game you are entering.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR GAMEPAD USERS: Wireless controllers MUST be synced to the console using a USB cable. You are not allowed to use a wireless controller without a USB cable. PLEASE make sure to sync the controller to the console properly. Plug the controller in using a USB cable and hit the Playstation button. When you are finished playing your match, you MUST DISABLE THE CONTROLLER FROM THE CONSOLE before unplugging your controller.

Attempting to sync a controller to a console OR forgetting to desync a controller from a console can result in interrupting other players' matches the next time the home button on the controller is pressed if proper steps are not taken. If you are using a gamepad, you must be aware of how to properly sync and desync a controller. Please respect your other competitors by following proper procedure. Failure to do so (interrupting a match in progress) may result in a forfeit of your match or a disqualification from the tournament.

[+] Is equipment provided by the tournament, or do I need to bring a console?

Novastar provides tournament standard gaming monitors however the community must provide consoles and games. Players are encouraged to bring setups for use in the tournament. Players that bring an approved setups will have their venue fee discounted from $15 to $10.

[+] What all is needed for an approved tournament setup?

A tournament legal setup requires the combination of the following:

  1. A Playstation 3 or Playstation 4 console running at least ONE tournament game on the proper platform.
    • The game must be fully up to date and contain all DLC characters. The console must also match the tournament version MAXOUT uses: in other words, we can’t accept setups for Skullgirls/Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PS3.
  2. An EVO tournament standard monitor. (See below.)

Only setups that meet these requirements will be eligible for venue fee discounts. In addition, the table space is RESERVED for tournament setups. Please refrain from setting up consoles that are not approved by the TO staff. If you do so, this equipment is liable to unplugged and moved if we need to use the space for an approved setup. In addition, desktop PCs are not allowed at MAXOUT as setups.

Note for PlayStation 4 setups: A controller must be associated to a PS4 profile in order to play, so please have both profiles set up in advance for the tournament. Please also set the Share button settings so that tapping the Share button only saves a screenshot instead of pausing the game. (This setting is available on the Share main menu interface.) This will prevent matches from being interrupted and ruined by accidental button presses, which is an especially common occurence on PS4 pads. Also to prevent input lag please set the display settings on your PS4 to 720p.

The only display monitors that will be accepted for tournament setups are EVO-standard monitors, both current and from years past. (List will be updated according to the EVO staff’s policies.)

Note that thanks to Novastar Gaming Center ASUS VH238H monitors are now provided by the venue. You will no longer have to bring an approved monitor to have a full tournament setup.

  • Asus VH238H and VH236H
  • BenQ RL2460HT (set to “Fighting” display mode)
  • or any derivatives of these same models from the same manufacturers (different sizes, updated models, etc.)

Example: the Asus VX238H and VE258Q are both considered derivatives of the VH238H with matching/superior input lag and response times. Please verify specs on DisplayLag.

[+] What is the registration process?

For starters, PLEASE BRING CASH IN ADVANCE. We do not accept credit card payment for any fees. ATM options around the venue are also very limited.

Registration is all handled in person day of the event. You will pay Maxout staff both venue fee and tournament entry fees.

Please have the following information ready to go along with bringing your cash:

  • Hometown
  • Player Name
  • All tournaments you're entering today
  • Whether or not you brought a console setup

[+] What should I do when the tournament starts?

  1. Wait for your match to be called. If you want to know where you are in the bracket, talk to one of the event staff at the registration desk. We also post the public Challonge links on the Facebook event page so you can follow along on your phone.
  2. After your match has been called, you have 5 minutes to get to your station and play your match.
  3. If you won the set, report your results to the TOs.

[+] How much does it cost to be a spectator?

Information for spectators for Maxout at Novastar Gaming will be updated in this space once we know more.

[+] What is there to eat and drink?

There is a number of restaurants, pizza places and convenience stores all within walking distance of Novastar Gaming and most even within the same parking lot at Shawnee Drive

[+] Where do I park?

There is plenty of parking spaces within Shawnee Drive and nearby stores.

[+] Are all scheduled tournaments guaranteed to take place?

All tournaments are subject to cancellation if no equipment to run the game is available, or less than 6 players have registered for a tournament by its scheduled start time.

We CANNOT guarantee that the game will be played; do your part to ensure it will by bringing the equipment. Too many setups is a way better problem to have than not enough setups

[+] What happens if a tournament I entered in gets cancelled?

The event staff will refund your tournament entry fees for that particular game. Just head up to the TO desk to receive your refund.

[+] Can we have side tournaments or other exhibitions like money matches?

Additional side tournaments outside the main schedule may happen as long as you get approval from staff before hand. Any non scheduled tournaments will start after all main tournament games have already started.

Money matches, team battles and other exhibitions are allowed (and encouraged!), but if you insist on having main stage/stream time for them, you must give us AT LEAST 2 WEEKS ADVANCE NOTICE so that we can properly squeeze them into the schedule and promote them. Any matches proposed with less than 2 weeks to go before the event will have to take place off-stream.

8:00 PM is the latest possible start time for any additional exhibitions.

[+] I don't have a PS4-compatible controller. Will my PS3 controller work?

Dualshock 2 and Dualshock 3 are not natively supported, even in games that support legacy sticks. If you use a controller that is not compatible with PS3/PS4 (such as an Xbox 360 controller) there are converters available to let you use those devices on Playstation consoles. With this information given, please keep in mind that it is the player's responsibility to make sure they have a compatible input device before the tournament. If you are unsure about whether or not your controller will work, feel free to ask in our Facebook group page and we'll help you to the best of our ability.

For Ultra Street Fighter 4: Legacy PS3 sticks are supported, but a Dualshock 4 or some other native PS4 device must be synced at the same time to associate the profile with. I'll have a DS4 available for use on the main stage. If both players are using legacy controllers, though, someone will need to provide a second DS4.

Sticks manufactured by Qanba have a bug that force them to take control of Player 1 side, even if it's paired with a DS4 signed into Player 2's profile. If there's a Qanba stick involved, the DS4 must be signed into Player 1's profile, and then Player 2 will have to re-sign into the other profile.

For Skullgirls and Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator: The only thing you'll need a native PS4 controller for here is to get to the Home menu to launch the game. Once the game is running, legacy PS3 sticks will work completely on their own. They just won't have access to Home button functionality.

[+] How do I connect and disconnect PS4 controllers?

Step-by-step process for each match:

  1. If either player plays on a DS4, one of them will use the DS4 already synced to the console. (If you prefer playing on YOUR pad, because it’s 3rd party or whatever other reason, that’s fine as long as you keep the master controller synced.)
  2. Sync any other wireless controllers to the console with a USB cable.
  3. Play your matches.
  4. Desync the non-master controller(s). (Using the controller that needs to be desynced: Home button > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices > select the controller that’s leaving > Disconnect)
  5. Delete the non-master controller(s) from the console’s Bluetooth cache. (Using the master controller: Home button > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices > select the controller that just got desynced > Delete)

Wired sticks with direct PS4 support like MadCatz TE2s get to bypass this whole process.

Do not turn your pad ON until you have synced it to a system using a USB cord. PLEASE turn OFF your pad following the end of your match. This has been an issue in the past, and this negligence isn't going to be tolerated. It's disruptive to the people who come to play after you. Failure to turn off your pad will result in an automatic disqualification which will count as a loss in your tournament record. A second offense will result in your forfeit from the tournament.

[+] What happens if I need to change my button config in the middle of a tournament set?

If you wish to change controls, do so prior to the match during a button check. If you begin the match with the wrong controls, that is too bad. If you pause the match or attempt to restart because your controls were messed up, you forfeit your match. If you wish to use multi-button binds for other games, it will have to be at the affirmation of your opponent. Default button binds are exempt from this rule.

[+] Are there any restrictions on stage selection?

All games will be played on random stage select, except for games with stages that have widely-recognized performance issues. You can also request that stages with large visibility issues not be picked. If you still wish to choose random stages in these cases, you MUST defer to your opponent. If either one of you are concerned about lag, you are forbidden from choosing a stage with performance issues.

[+] What is Blind Pick?

Blind Pick is a standard tournament rule that either player can invoke before the match starts. If character counter-picking is a concern on either side, you can request that both of you privately decide your character choices. Both players must then inform a TO of their respective characters so they cannot go back on their choices.

[+] Do I have to report my match results to the TOs immediately?

Yes. Someone needs to keep the TOs in the loop. If you’re too salty to report that you lost, tell the winner to report it instead. (In fact, we prefer it this way. It keeps us from getting mixed up.)

[+] What should I do when I'm called for a match?

We will be announcing matches over the PA system, which should be plenty audible. Nod to us, make eye contact, yell… do something to let us know you heard it. We can’t just expect matches to magically happen the moment we announce them. If we know at least one of you two acknowledged the announcement, we’ll trust that at the very least, you’ll track down your opponent and get the match started.

You will have 5 minutes (which is VERY lenient) to get to your station and play. If you fail to get to your station, you will forfeit the match. The ONLY exception to this rule is if you’re already playing a match in another tournament. Making your opponents wait is rude, and it also holds up the progress of our bracket. Be courteous. If you are in a tournament that is in progress, then stick around. If you need to go smoke or use the bathroom, do it fast, and continue your conversations back in the tournament room.

[+] What should I do if I know I'm going to be late for a tournament?

Make sure you inform one of the TOs DIRECTLY (Text their phone, direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or tag them in a Facebook post - it's highly unlikely we'll see general posts since we'll be busy running the event) or get someone to inform one of the TOs beforehand. We'll do our best to hold a spot for you by running other matches.

If the tournament has progressed to a point where we can't run any matches other than yours, you will be automatically floated to the Losers bracket. If this is still the case by the time your Losers bracket match is up, you will be elimiated from the tournament.

[+] Do I reserve the right to play whatever I want on the setup I brought?

No. When you submit your equipment, and have you registration fee reduced, you also submit to the needs of the tournament directors. If that means we need to immediately kick you off the setup and swap in another game, or we know you registered with DLC for a game and we need it immediately, then we expect you will be prepared to stop what you're doing (unless of course you're in the middle of a tournament match), and help us set it up.

[+] Can I play casual/practice games outside of the tournament?

Of course - we have plenty of room for additional setups. We'll designate one station to an single game for the entire day so that the game you want to play is guaranteed to have a setup running at all times.

That said, if we feel there are an insufficient number of setups to run a tournament, we will kick you off your casuals and turn it into a tournament setup.

[+] Can I curse/swear?

Get hype; just don't get vulgar. Families with children will be in the store all day long, and they can hear all of you. Please keep the obscenities in check. Excessive complaints from the staff or customers will result in you being disqualified from all tournaments and ejected from the venue.

[+] Do I need to be a certain age to compete?

There is no required age to compete!

[+] I have a question that isn’t listed here!

Feel free to contact the event staff with your question and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Markis "papermarkis" Davis - mad98f@mail.umkc.edu

Christopher "FuLLBLeeD" Cunningham – cpcf5b@mail.umkc.edu