Event point scoring and the new "Hot" events
To help further distinguish the "Pro's from the Joe's" here in our picks game we've implemented a new feature called "Hot" events. In a nutshell: At every event we will take the two fights with the closest split in picks (as determined here
) and double the points awarded for those two fights. Those with the vision to foresee the outcome of the more debatable fights will reap the benefits! These "Hot" fights will be marked on the "My Upcoming Events" page accordingly.
We've also increased the bonus points awarded for correctly selecting a fight's result to 3 points rather than 2 points.
In the scoring output simulations we ran on our test server both of these items helped to alleviate some of scoring "gridlock" that can be expected on events like the upcoming UFC67 where quite a few of the fights have a heavy favorite that most users select. However, this shouldn't be too much of a concern considering that the season is spanned accross 10 events (80-90 fights to make picks on) and that some events are going to be more unpredictable than others.More changes coming to the site
Since site launch a few weeks ago we have received TONS of really good feedback on improving things around here, and lots of it is going to be implmented over the next few weeks. Here's a rundown of some things you can expect to see in the near future here on MMAPlayground...Re the viewing of other user's picks
Site programming will be updated so that users will not be able to view each others picks until after a fight has been locked out for selections. As a season nears its end this information could be used to another player's advantage. For example, someone is in 1st place with a slight leader over the 2nd place player. To make sure they are not passed in points, they could simply mirror the selections of the 2nd place player.Policing the wager slime
Those who have read the site rules know that any who create multiple accounts and/or have others help them to "juice" their fantasy bankroll will be penalized. All user wager histories are publicly viewable on the site via their profiles. If someone has a suspicious history you can click the link at the bottom of their financial history page that says "Report suspected wager manipulation" to alert us.Wagering against the house
Due to the overwhelming amount of feedback we've received requesting a house-based odds style wagering system we are currently working on (yep, you guessed it) a house-based odds style wagering system. This will NOT replace the existing wagering system, as the current format is easy to understand and a fun way to make personal bets with others (just like you would while jawing at the water cooler on the job). Both systems will be in place as ways for users to build their fantasy bankrolls.Community "wiki-ish" MMA organization and team/camp rosters
One feature we plan to launch within the next week is a section where users can browse the fighters within each pro organization and weight class and in each fight camp / team. Taking a page from wikipedia's playbook, this section will be user-powered so that you can add and edit listings to help keep the rosters current. nate22
has already given us a good head start on things behind the scenes, thanks nate!
The data from this new section will be used for the following upcoming feature as well....Top 10 fighter lists
If you've ever been on any of the popular MMA forums then you've most likely read or participated in a topic where users rank who they consider to be the top 10 most talented fighters in a weight division. Using the data from our MMA Rosters section and the input from all our site users, we will be introducing a new feature called "MMA Top 10's". We will take everyone's rankings for each division (and p4p) and average them all out to have a fan-powered ranking system.
There's one catch however... the better your win/loss ratio of guessing fights correctly in our picks game is, the more "weight" your votes for the rankings have. This will make it so that the final displayed fighter rankings are more influenced by expert MMA fans rather than the casual MMA passerby
in the hopes of providing a more accurate way of gauging a "true" top 10 list.Forum reputation system
We've had some really good conversations in our forums
over the last couple weeks. Some of you may already be familiar with forum reputation systems, but if not, just know that a forum rep system is an easy way for users to give "props" to other users for making good posts. Those receiving props for making these worthwhile and thought-provoking posts will be indicated by their username and in their profile as such.
Well, there's a taste of what you can expect to see in the near future. Good luck to all with your picks and wagers on Saturday's big event! Keep the good feedback and ideas coming!