Software Upgrade: Bigger, Stronger, and Faster than Ever Before
Back in 2015, when we successfully ran our first of many $1,000,000 GTD tournaments, we knew that we had to start thinking of the future, most importantly, growth.
It was around that time that we started looking at replacing our software. We knew it would be a seriously costly and time-intensive endeavor, however at the same time, we also knew that with our network’s rate of growth, it had to be done.
Our previous software provider based out of Bulgaria (IGSoft) had treated us well and we’d made good progress in terms of growth and development, but still it was time for change. Generally new products and games would take up to 6 months of development time as they were based in C##. We were looking to turnaround new product ideas and innovation a lot faster and decided that a poker client coded in HTML5 would give us the speed and diversity we were looking for.
Additionally, C## was unable to support multiple platforms such as a mobile product and MAC, which were key components needed to expand our reach.
We assembled a team of software developers and got to work. We quickly found that there was a reason why most poker software isn’t completely replaced – it’s extremely difficult. What originally was projected to be a 1-year project, soon became two. Developing brand-new proprietary software does take time.
Finally, on May 20th of this year, after copious amounts of testing in the development environment, we took the plunge and moved the software live. For those of you playing from one day to the next, graphically speaking, you wouldn’t have noticed any change.
We rolled out the software to have the look and feel of the old software. The reason being, if we did face catastrophic problems while migrating, we would be able to switch back if necessary.
While we did experience our share of problems over the weeks following the move, we were able to mitigate them and develop fixes much faster than if still using the old software.
All systems have now been fully restored, including loyalty, sportsbook and casino, and we’ve started to work on significant changes that can be seen on the customer’s side. Last Thursday (September 5th), we completed the first major rollout which incorporated the following improvements.
• Redesigned the entire poker platform to make it more appealing and usable
• New HTML5-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
• Lobby and game tables are more video game-centric
• Larger, colorful poker chips
• Cleaner UI
• Frequency of software releases will increase
• The product will evolve quicker
• Faster gameplay
Players can now definitely see the changes that have been implemented on this latest upgrade, as illustrated by this side-by-side of the old gameplay table versus the current one:
The good news is that these changes are just the tip of the iceberg. Our intention is to constantly roll-out improvements and new products month-over-month based on your feedback and suggestions. In the queue, we have animations, graphic changes and improvements to the game lobby, along with progressive knockout tournaments.
Now that we’re stable and functional, the best is yet to come, and we’re excited to be able to offer our clientele the best online poker experience in the industry.