Will anything be open source like the private server for the mmo experience?
We will release tools to create your own arenas at some point. But a full-scale solution like "private arena server" is not planned.
I would love to see private servers like there are for the persistent game; but most importantly will there be a way to run private tournaments?
I teach programming to students in a few different countries and I would love to see them competing against eachother (in a closed system).
I used to participate in similar tournaments (competetive TRON light-bikes bots) while I was a student and had so much fun.