Tournament is a recurring event type in the Need for Speed series, and consists of a series of consecutive races. Introduced in the first DOS port of The Need for Speed, tournaments would also have numerous variations in subsequent titles.
Tournaments always consists of a series of consecutive races. The winner depends on a final result that can be determined by a score related to the finishing position in each race, although variations such as the player having to win all races, or knockout tournaments in which the last racer standing wins, also appear in the series.
Initially appearing as a single event to unlock content, tournaments then became a series of different career events upon the introduction of a career-based progression in Need for Speed: High Stakes, leading to the apparition of subsequent tournament variations, including Pro Cups and Underground Racing League.