Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Removing the mystery from our tie breaks

If you've run a round robin or Swiss tournament on Challonge, you know that ties are fairly common. While the logic behind our tie breaks is often obvious, that's not always the case! And when ties aren't broken how you'd like, there's nothing you can do... until now.

Challonge tournament organizers can now define three tie breaks in advanced options. If you like our defaults, no need to look, but if you've been craving more control or transparency, you now have it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Release notes - Mark underway matches

  • Allow admins to mark open matches as "in progress." This allows you to keep track of the matches that have been assigned a console / table /etc. The label to the left of an in-progress match is orange and updates in real-time with the rest of the bracket. This is currently geared toward admins, but this will prove to be especially useful for spectators down the road.
  • Tournaments you've voted in are no longer displayed on your dashboard.
  • FIX: in rare instances, rounding errors showed up when calculating round robin and swiss participant stats, showing too many digits after the decimal. This is fixed.
  • FIX: printer-friendly live images no longer show blocks in place of less common Unicode characters
  • Beta testing is underway for two-stage tournaments (group stage + final stage -- e.g. World Cup) 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Release Notes - More love for touch devices

  • Added drag and drop support for touch devices (including Android and iOS) for participant reordering, swapping of participants in brackets, and bracket predictions.
  • When someone is not logged in and views match times, they are now displayed in the tournament host's timezone. We previously defaulted to US Eastern time.
  • Match times are assigned with a date & time selector widget now. This was previously done with 6 painful drop-down lists.
  • Admins can now view bracket predictions before a tournament is started.
  • FIX: API support for org subdomains with dashes
  • FIX: Bracket predictions for 2-3 player brackets

Friday, August 22, 2014

Release notes - week of August 22

  • Participant check-in was deployed last week (more on that here soon)
  • Match history links on the standings page now link to their respective match details
  • API: Add participants in bulk
  • "Best of #" can now be specified for a round. This is styled differently in round headers, sets the default number of form fields when reporting scores, and impacts match notifications.
  • Smaller and more appealing site header for phones (let us know if it doesn't look appealing to you)
  • FIX: Discussion post formatting should match what was shown in the editor
  • FIX: iOS score reporting

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Challonge Premier just got better

Today we're taking a step toward retiring bracket module credits. Effective immediately, as a Premier subscriber, you can embed your brackets on other websites without advertisements.

Q: What is Challonge Premier and how much does it cost?
A: Premier removes advertisements from your experience on, allows you to embed your brackets without ads or usage limits, and supports us so we can continue to improve our service. It is available for $5.99/month, or $29.99/year. Find more info and subscribe at

Q: How do I embed a Challonge bracket?
A: Instructions are at

Q: What happens if I already have module credits?
A: Your credits will continue to be usable, but we'll only deduct from your balance if you are no longer a Premier subscriber. If you want to cash in your credit balance and have a Premier subscription, let us know and we'll gladly do so via PayPal.

Q: Can I purchase additional module credits?
A: No. Once your credit balance reaches 0, you'll need a Challonge Premier subscription to embed your brackets without advertisements.

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Challonge Premier

Whenever the Challonge team attends a LAN event, the users of our service we run into always ask the same question: 'How does Challonge make money and what can I do to help keep Challonge around?' We appreciate the positive feedback we receive (this has always been our development fuel), but until now we haven't had any formal way for users to show their support.

Challonge Premier was designed to provide users of Challonge that rely on our service a way to support the team behind it. We try to keep the ads displayed on Challonge as relevant and as least intrusive as possible, but we think the layout looks better without them! With Premier, you will not see ads while browsing Challonge from your account. Please note: people who view your brackets will still see advertisements, unless they are also Premier subscribers. Additionally, we would like to recognize the users that sign up for Premier by displaying a Premier badge next to their username to publicly display their support.

We appreciate community feedback and support from all users of Challonge and would encourage everyone to get a Premier badge displayed next to their name! Click on the Challonge Premier button (displayed next to our ads) to get started!

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