I’ve said this a couple of times, but I feel I cannot say it enough. This continuous, ongoing delay of our new web-based game has been very difficult for me, from an operational standpoint and also from a personal standpoint because I feel I have disappointed so many people. The bad news is – late last night during a test migration, we ran into another issue. And, once again, the Friday roll-out will now be delayed two more days to Sunday night / Monday morning (a private message will be sent).
I personally accept all the responsibility for all the false promises for previous delivery dates.
My schedule has been very hectic lately. There is so much going on and I just can’t discuss it yet due to contractual obligations. Putting that aside, at the airport the other night, waiting for my flight after three brutal days of non-stop travel, I spent some time in the forums. The amount of disrespect and the misrepresentation that is going on by a certain group of players is unforgiving, and I personally will never forget it. A lot of these lies and misrepresentations not only hurt the company, myself, but also other players. Most of the threads I left because I want them to be there when we launch the new game and start making these announcements. But, some of them had to be removed.
The amount of money that has been spent over the last year on this update far exceeds the revenue. All these ridiculous comments about pocketing profits and not caring about players are so erroneous. I have said it fifty times – the new game is the foundation for a whole slew of updates that would follow – updates that will provide a better player experience, enhanced features, and a larger opportunity to engage the casual gamers and racing fans.
The company continues to make commitments to its long-term growth strategy by recently expanding its development team. Because of the complexity tied to our program, it is taking new developers to 6 to 10 weeks just to get an understanding of our business model and code base. One new developer has been on board two months now and it was not until this past Monday that he actually started his first coding assignment. On top of that, an additional developer was just hired due to the large workload we have in front of us. The company is going into everything from the web-based platform to a mobile platform and an enhanced, updated desktop client platform.
The amount of work involved in transitioning all of our content far exceeded our initial expectations. Every step of the way, we have run into conversion issues. We had developers who were out for months with life-threatening incidences, others with family issues, and it was one nightmare after another. On top of that, we had to maintain and operate the current business for the Triple Crown racing season. I look forward to getting the web platform stabilized so we can begin further roll outs of new functions and features. Our dedication is relentless, this is why we are working at 130AM after 4 days of a very brutal work and travel schedule.
On another note, we have torn apart the current game engine and are in the process of restructuring the logic that controls the jockey instructions and horse positioning methodology and functionality. I’ve watched a lot of horse racing games come and go, and I do admit there are some pretty good competitors out there. But, what I haven’t seen is another company that can honestly say that every single dollar that has ever been generated, and a whole lot more, has gone back into the game. My commitment is to build the best platform out there by far. That is a commitment I will continue to strive for; that is a commitment that I put in front of everything including profits.