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Saturday, March 29, 2014

We're looking for a social media manager

Challonge is looking for someone to manage its social media. This is a part-time contract position for someone who's familiar with Challonge and in tune with the tournament scene, especially eSports.

Responsibilities include:
  • Posting to Twitter/Facebook/G+ 2-3 times per week
  • Responding to and/or escalating mentions
  • Highlighting new or lesser-known features of Challonge.com
  • Highlighting noteworthy tournaments
  • Communicating with Challonge developers

We're a small company of part-timers with a big user base, so there's plenty of room for growth in this position. Give us a shout if you're interested!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March Madnonge 2014 is here!

New year, same ridiculous name. We're excited to host another year of bracket pools for the NCAA men's basketball tournament: March Madnonge 2014!

If you're like us, you're a fan of the tournament but not a fan of signing up for convoluted bracket contests. With this in mind, people you invite to your pool are not required to create accounts. They simply are invited to a fill out a bracket. Good luck with your prediction!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Team Support

Team support, the first of many features we hope to deliver this year, has finally arrived! We try to work on features that are highly requested by the Challonge community, and this is one of them with 64 votes in the feature request forum:

https://challonge.uservoice.com/forums/44455-feature-requests/suggestions/3720742-allow-team-tournaments

The next time you sign into Challonge, you'll notice there's a new team menu from the main navigation. From this menu you can view all of the teams you're a member of, or add your team to Challonge.


Teams registered on Challonge will each have a page that displays the team description along with listing all of the members of the team. Team owners can also make changes to their team from the 'Settings' and 'Members' pages (from the left navigation menu).



As always, we try to keep tournament management as simple as possible for tournament organizers. For tournaments that will have teams competing, all the organizer has to do is turn on the teams feature by checking the teams checkbox when setting up their tournament.


Teams can be added to the tournament by the tournament organizer by searching for the team's name. For team tournaments, we still allow 'anonymous', unregistered, teams to be represented by entering a team name into 'Display Name'. This can come in handy in last minute situations when there's no time to register the team into Challonge.



Additionally, if you choose to host a signup page, users that administer teams (team captains and team owners) can add their team to your tournament.


Since a single user can administer multiple teams participating in the same tournament, we've added a new 'Team Settings' page where you can manage all of your participating teams for the tournament in a single page. This page allows you to either set a custom 'Display Name' for your team for the current tournament, or to unregister the team entirely.


We'll be monitoring the initial teams and team tournaments that are created for ways to improve the team experience on Challonge, and as always we appreciate any feedback from the Challonge community!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Challonge 2013 Year in Review

Thanks for an exciting year! We've come a long way from 2009 and greatly appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way.

This past year we worked especially hard to achieve nearly 100% site availability, ending with 100% in December, our busiest month ever (see our site status history). Several site enhancements were mixed in, but the best is on the way during the first half of 2014!


2013

  • 22.8 Million Visits (+71% from 13.3MM in 2012)
  • 8.1 Million Unique Visitors (+50% from 5.4MM in 2012)
  • 68.3 Million Pageviews (+80% from 37.9MM in 2012)
  • 357 Thousand Managed Tournaments (+123% from 160k in 2012)
  • 304 Thousand New Registered Users (+72% from 176k in 2012)
  • 6 Million Games Managed (+100% from 3MM in 2012)
  • 4.4 Million Players Managed (+100% from 2.2MM in 2012)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November Site Updates

We made several touch-ups to the site over the past couple weeks:

  • New score reporting form – amazing that the old one survived for years!
  • New tournament layout – slimmer left menu and more mobile friendly. This layout will likely be used throughout the entire site soon.
  • New round labels – now working for all tournament types, including the losers bracket for double elimination. Also easier to update, and more features to follow (like selecting best of 3/5/7)
  • Participants page replaced by Scoreboard – shows live rankings, match history, and will be further developed with player stats

Here's a quick visual rundown:





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Challongetoberfest

This Saturday is the 1st annual Challongetoberfest. We'll be getting together to knock out some enhancements to the site before turning our attention to beer and StarCraft. Look for some high-impact features to land that day or early next week.

We're hoping you didn't notice, but early last week we paid off a ton of technical debt, replacing a large portion of our bracket algorithms with new libraries. While being transparent to Challonge users, this enhanced backbone was a prerequisite for our group stage work and will greatly benefit us as we redesign our brackets and continue to grow our community.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Organization Improvements

We recently overhauled most of the permissions code in Challonge, making it far easier to confidently add new permissions-based features. The first of the resulting changes deals with organizations.

Up until last week, organization memberships merely allowed users to publish tournaments to an organization's subdomain. They offered no shared permissions. Well no longer! Organization hosted tournaments can now be managed by all their respective members.

Along with this change, we also improved navigation on the organization pages for members.



Currently in development:
group stages, integration of improved bracket algorithms, redesigned brackets