This looks like a fun format to use for a side tournament sometimes.
Each player will enter tournament with 9 lives(format is more commonly referred to as avoiding 9 strikes). Each round four players will be paired together on a randomly chosen machine and play a four-player game. The number of people who beat you on that game is how many of your lives you will lose, example:
1st Place: Lose 0 Lives
2nd Place: Lose 1 Life
3rd Place: Lose 2 Lives
4th Place: Lose 3 Lives
After round is over, new pairings will be set up on another randomly selected machine. This process continues. Once you lose 9 lives you are DEAD and out of the tournament! So each round more and more competitors will die, and we continue this process until there is one survivor remaining, who then that survivor will be deemed the winner.