Velocity Chess

A platform coordinating the work of caregivers from multiple organizations.

  • Unique gamification

  • Hundreds of thousands of users

  • Global reach

What did the client expect?

Challenge

Handle high traffic

Blitz chess mean many people playing multiple, fast paced games.

Manage low bandwidth

Chess players from regions with poor internet were target users and needed taking care of.

Mobile ready

Many people play chess on the go, thus the app had to be ready for smartphones.

Approach

How did we work on the chess gaming platform?

Velocity Chess approached us with a goal of creating a platform that would allow playing blitz chess games between players from all around the world. Our solution had to support large traffic and be accessible from countries with poor internet bandwidth. It had to be compatible with mobile devices.

The application’s goal was to be a chess hub with social networking capability, tutoring tools and gamification mechanics. 

We chose node5 as the technology to implement chess games. Along with MongoDB and Redis NoSql databases, as well as Knockout and JavaScript on the frontend, it allowed us to create a solution that can support hundreds of games at once.

We avoided using technologies which would prevent the platform from running on mobile devices and require users to download applets. We decided to go with a much nicer JavaScript solution.

For chess logic, we used Stockfish script and we adapted it to our needs. We created a set of chess bots with different skill levels, with which players can train before challenging live users.

What did we achieve?

Results

We built an application with a unique approach to playing chess in lightning rounds. The platform was adopted by chess enthusiasts globally and allowed playing hundreds of simultaneous games.

✓ Unique gamification

Challenging other users meant more engagement

✓ Hundreds of thousands of users

Adopted by the chess community

✓ Global reach

Active players from multiple countries

Functionality

Key features

  • supporting 600 000 registered users, 2 000 online, playing 400 games at once
  • unique blitz chess gaming system
  • chess tournaments
  • custom Global and Private Live Chats
  • subscriptions supporting Credit card payments and PayPal, allowing for cash games
  • gamification mechanism
  • shop for virtual goods
  • social features - forum, wall, befriending

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Michał Zacher

Michał Zacher

CEO at Vazco

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