Crowdfunding. Everybody's at it these days, and I'll tell you precisely who when the remainder of this post has successfully reached its whopping 68p target. UPDATE: thanks! Everybody's crowdfunding, but not everybody is crowdfunding an international tournament to a particularly excellent RTS/shooter (opens in new tab) . Natural Selection 2 (opens in new tab) fans want $30,000 to make a World Championship (opens in new tab) happen. Developers Unknown Worlds have already blessed the enterprise, paying for a studio in Cologne and Twitch TV promotion - that just leaves the cost of getting everyone over there. $925 has been raised so far, so there's still a fair way to go.
There are 30 days left on the fund-o-meter (opens in new tab) , with the organisers aiming to kick things off towards the end of the year. A "group round robin format" will lead to four teams of finalists, who will then be whisked away to Koln/Cologne in Germany for a live, filmed final in March 2014, with casting by "the best commentators in the NS2 community". You'll be able to watch it on the front page of Twitch.TV - providing they raise the cash to fly and host the finalists, of course.
In the event that flying 24 players and a few casters to Germany ends up costing less than $30,000, the organisers will put "every single unspent dollar" into the event prize pool". If the event sounds like your bag, you can fund the project by hurling money at the screen (or better yet by using a bank card) here (opens in new tab) .