The team has been very busy with, of course, the long-anticipated trainer game, which I personally feel is a big step forward for our horse racing enthusiasts, sports enthusiasts and gamers. I'll get more into how the trainer tournaments will work over the next week. Puddles will be updating you on what to expect in his weekly blog that should be posted shortly. I'm posting mine early because Michelle, Jason and I are heading to California for the Santa Anita Derby. We're also going to be giving a special gift to our own jockey, Aaron Gryder, who won the Dubai World Cup last week, the world's richest race.
As you can tell, there have been constant changes for the jockey and bettor tournaments. Kind of a cat and mouse game trying to stay ahead of it. We've added some new controls on how the tournaments will be monitored and how people will qualify. Before I can turn up the entry fees, we have to make sure that the tournaments are 100% where we want them to be, and everyone is playing under the same conditions. We're very close and once we release the next version of the game, we would expect the tournaments and their purse pools (community points) to increase quite a bit.
Of course, with the trainer game, a whole new type of tournament will be coming into play and will be taking our game action to a whole new level. Here's what you can expect over the next three to six weeks:
1. Jockey and bettor tournaments will slowly increase in entry fees, creating bigger prize payouts.
2. The launch of the new game platform will allow us to ensure more competitive tournaments by measuring a player's eligibility in numerous ways.
3. VIPs will have access to prize tournaments. We've accumulated thousands of dollars worth of horse racing collectibles and other cool prizes to give away to our VIPs starting end-of-April / early-May. Non-VIPs will not be eligible for prize tournaments.
4. House tournaments will soon return for both brand new players and VIP members. There will be some house tournaments for our general player base who are not VIPs, but they will be very limited. Both newbies and VIPs will be involved in some really cool house tournaments. We even have some celebrities lined up to participate, as well.
5. New tournament entry requirements - Eligibility for tournaments over the next few months will broaden based on other factors besides PPS and ROI, including type of member, how many tournaments you've won recently, how many offers you've done in the free points section, and other factors to help increase the prize pools for our paid members and increase revenue for our game so we can continue to expand and grow our user base. Without the financial support of our members, this young company will not grow. Free offers, VIP memberships and paid horse files help pay some of the bills.
6. Trainer game tournaments - There will be all levels of trainer game tournaments and the diversity of those tournaments will expand as the number of player trainer horses increases.
7. VIP advantages in trainer tournaments - Those who support us financially may not have a direct advantage in an actual tournament, but will have an advantage when managing a larger stable. The number of race horses you have in our virtual racing game can help you strategically when entering and competing in the trainer game tournaments.
Well, I've got to go pack and get ready for this long drive to southern California. I'm excited to see The Pamplemousse tomorrow and get to take my picture with Alex Solis and The Pamplemousse. I think he's so cute!