We have paid out over $3,500 so far (points and money) in the Puzzle Program. Congratulations to all the winners! Remember, we just paid out $15,000 in winnings last month plus another 4 or 5 Visa gift card winners tonight from the Blues. We love the excitement and we’re blown away by the thousands of Yellow Tournaments that are being run daily, but the Puzzle Program had an objective. The concern I have is that no one is saving their horses for the other types of tournaments and that we CANNOT let happen.
We are going to still allow horses to play the Puzzle Program after Yellow Tournaments, but after six (6) tournaments, not three (3). This will push the majority of newly-bred horses into other trainer tournaments like Green, Blues and Generals to earn the puzzle plays. Remember, the Generals allow multiple plays for a completion of a single tournament. This will motivate players to enter the heart and soul of our game – Blues, Greens, Reds and General Tournaments, which was the whole idea of the program initially. We don’t want to hurt our main tournaments - the concept here is to get them filled. Under the current structure, Yellow Tournaments would affect entries into Reds, Blues, Greens and Generals, and, again, that we cannot let happen. Once we make this adjustment, players will push their horses into our main tournaments.
I’ve been told that two players matched 7 correctly (the full puzzle). One of those players was a VIP member and received a substantial reward, but if his horse had been fully-nominated, that would have been a $10,000 win. The other player was a non-VIP player and received substantially less for his win. If there was ever a time to be a VIP, now is that time. As explained, if that player had been a VIP with a fully-nominated horse, the payout would have been $10,000.
The Puzzle Program is doing its job - getting horses bred. Now all we need to do is move those bred horses into our main tournaments. Over the next three to four weeks, we will be releasing other features in conjunction with the Puzzle Program that further motivate entries into the heart and soul of our game – the Red, Green and Blue Tournaments and, most important, the General Trainer Tournaments.
We’re moving in the right direction and are excited for everyone who is participating. As we continue to build a better game with a more engaging experience, we look forward to a rapid expansion of our player base, as well.
Again, congratulations to all of our winners keep up the good work!