As we continue to improve the site speed, the majority of the development team has moved to the project tasks I discussed last week. Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, I expect the initial tasks to be complete. This includes adding new tournaments, Blue’s and Green’s (sloppy and soft turf), navigation improvements, and better search functions on the site. In fact, we launched the first new feature today which was giving players to access their private messages without going to their Profile Page.
We’ll start back on the chat program next week as well and feel confident we’ll be able to implement that during the next 2-week time period. All said, there will be some 15 to 20 modifications, enhancements and new features released over the next 2-3 weeks.
Sometime in early-mid October, we’ll be releasing our Yellow Restricted Tournaments. These tournaments are one-race evens that run instantly. In other words, theoretically, a player will be able to take a horse through his entire racing career in a single day. This feature is for players who are looking for constant action with their lower to mid quality horses. It will be possible to run your horse as many as 8 races over the course of a couple of hours.
Yellow Tournaments will also have a betting component where horses will have fixed odds and you, the owner, will be given the opportunity to bet on your horse only. Initially, we’ll offer win bets, but eventually will offer exacta bets as well. Though the Yellow Tournaments are open for everyone, it really works best for the players utilizing the Unity viewer and did not install our download client where they can evaluate their horses in more detail. Understand, Yellow Tournament races will play in both the Unity player and the desktop client.
I think Yellow Tournaments will become an exciting feature for players looking for quick action, and not necessarily deep evaluation. It’s also a great stepping stone towards the more detailed tournament structure we have.
The Yellow Tournaments are optional, horses will age just like they do when running in other tournaments. The only difference is, Yellow Tournaments are set to specific times and will run with full fields, consisting of non-player horses. The entry fees for Yellow Tournaments will be low, 1,000 game points, with no race fees. Again, the concept of the Yellow Tournaments is fast-turning action while either learning the game (new players) or killing some time for the more established players.
Diversification and broader game scope under the right presentation allows us to attract a wider variety of players and, hopefully, a portion of those players funnel up and become part of the core player base.
Have a great weekend.