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Latest news and updates.

Version 2.20 Released

It took a bit of extra time, but version 2.20 is finally here. Development for this update actually started back in August. We’ve been looking forward to this release for quite a while because it focuses on an area that needed the most attention: tournament brackets.

Matches from tournaments now appear on the match list page and you can see match details just like you could with ladder matches. A link to get to the match details is available via the three little ellipses on the brackets page. In addition to the “View Match Details” link, users who are participating in the tournament will have appropriate “confirm” and “report” options.

Confirm Result

Administrators who are logged in will have various options depending on the state of the given match. If a match has a pending dispute or result, you can “clear” that result so that a user may correctly report a match. You can also advance a user to the next round and confirm reported matches for the users from this drop down. Finally, an admin may replace any player or team with another competitor also participating in a tournament. Note that this behavior is not recursive meaning it only affects that one match. You will need to replace that competitor any where applicable.

Result Pending

Along with new features to tournament brackets, we adopted the tabbed style sub navigation on tournament and ladder pages. General tournament info is displayed at the top of each page and the specific (rules, standings, registered, brackets, etc) is displayed below.

This release also added support for filtering the game list and ladder list pages by Platform. Just specify the platform in the URL to filter accordingly.

Please use the same download link to retrieve the latest version and open a ticket or email if you run into any issues.

Version 2.19 Released

We released the an update today (version 2.19). This is a relatively minor release with a handful of bug fixes and a couple new features. From Tournamatch Admin, there is a new “Tools” page that allows you to Purge Data and also to Send Test Emails. Purge data is useful for when you are organizing and tweaking the software initially. Once happy with how everything is setup, you may use the Purge Data tool to clear match, challenge, ladder, tournament, teams and individuals’ win-loss records. This will not remove configured games, maps, or delete settings. You must be a super admin to perform this action.

You may use Send Test Emails to verify SMTP or PHP mail() settings are correct.

You should use the original download link to retrieve the latest version or send an email to support@tournamatch.com for a new one.

Version 2.18 Released

This release blog is a two-for-one, as I failed to write one for the previous update. We added a couple new features in the last two updates. In the most recent version (version 2.18), there are 18 new email notifications for various admin and user actions. See below for a concise list:

New email notifications in Tournamatch 2.18.

New email notifications in Tournamatch 2.18.

In addition, the email system received an overall makeover. Tournamatch no longer uses plain text emails but HTML-standard compliant messages that look quite nice on gmail and other popular email clients. Most email messages also include a link with button for the main desired outcome, such as approving a petition, confirming a match, etc. Several minor bugs introduced in version 2.17 were also released as well as another which affected the loser’s bracket when check-ins were used.

Earlier this month, we released a version 2.17 update which mainly focused on the individual team members records. Tournament results now affect a team/individual’s career records. If enabled, you can also choose to record the individual players that competed on team matches. This is useful if you have one team with more members than what is actually required for a match. More details in another post to come.

You can find a detailed list of changes in the release notes. Please use your existing download link to grab the latest. Thanks!

Version 2.16 Released

We released version 2.16 yesterday. This was scheduled to go out in May, but we were a few days late. Hopefully we can get back on our timeline and still get a June update out before the end of the month. This release primarily focused on some client facing UI improvements as well as adding support for a new challenge type.

We’ve gone back and forth over the years with how challenges work. Very early adopters may remember back when challenges involved numerous steps between challenger and challengee. It then was simplified to only include a simple notification when one player or team wanted to play a match against another. In this update, we incorporated a time drop down to choose from and added a “blind” challenge feature.

We also continued the touch-ups of client-facing UI pages in this release. While the last update targeted tabular list pages, this one targeted the non-tabular list pages for games, ladders, and tournaments. Those pages use the .card style, replaced links with buttons, and shrunk the game/event avatar. You may need to add a style for the .card if you do not currently have one defined. The before and after difference is displayed below. More pages will receive touch ups in future updates.

Ladder list before minor update.

Ladder list before minor update.

Ladder list after minor update.

Ladder list after minor update.

Please use the original download link to retrieve the latest update. As always, send me an email if you no longer have that link and I can send you a new one.

Mobile Admin Management

Version 2.15 Released

Tournamatch version 2.15 was released on April 30th. This was another large release which updated a variety of UI screens, improved user experience, restored some features, added several new features, and resolved some bugs. In this update, we made another pass at every admin page with the primary focus on making each easy to use from a mobile device. We’ll begin to shift our focus to front end-client facing web pages in the next release. New features in version 2.15 include the ability to lock ladders, image upload, and restored the maps section.

Lock ladders gives you the ability to freeze the roster of every team currently participating on a locked ladder. Competitors won’t be able to leave team, drop members, or add new members while participating on a locked ladder. Another update for ladders is that the team size is now strictly enforced. You won’t be able to exceed the lowest team size of any ladder in which you are participating.

We rolled out the first phase of a JSON API for extracting data to display in other parts of your website. Expect this to get additional attention as we work with several eSports managers that asked for this feature. Polishing this feature will be a focus in the next update and we’ll also put together a blog post soon describing how you may use this.

The games and maps management section also now have the ability to upload a thumbnail image right from the admin view. I have been very reluctant to add upload features in past updates because of the risk associated with allowing users to put files onto your own web server. Thankfully though, we’re close to a decade and a half past those days where this was a hard “no”. Expect users to get this feature for player and team profiles in the near future.

In addition to the new features above, we also updated the sorting, pagination, and searching for several tabular views. The Players list, Teams list, Match list, and Challenge list are now all sortable and may be paginated to any users preference. Users may also now search the Player and Team list page and observe the output update in real time.

Finally, we updated some additional bugs. Two bugs which have haunted me forever are now fixed (for real this time). The homepage and avatar link fields in player/team profile pages no longer attempt to prefix https or http… it just takes what the user gives and displays regardless of whether its formatted correctly. If your users experience a change in behavior here, then they should go to their profile and edit the link again.

You can download this free update using your previous download link. Check out the official release notes for a detailed list of changes.

Version 2.14 Released

Tournamatch version 2.14 has been posted. This update adds the ability to independently control visibility and active state of ladder events. It includes minor CSS improvements to blocks on WordPress and bug fixes affecting display names on the loser’s bracket within the administration section. This release also fixes tournament check-ins which were inadvertently broke in the version 2.12 update. As of this update, PHP 7.1 is now the default distributed and developed version. A version compatible with PHP 5.6 is still included, but versions older than that will be available on request only.

Behind the scenes, we added more automated test coverage for check ins, new features, and seeding. While not directly related to this update, we moved the release notes to online. You can see the full list of changes and historical ones on that page.

Version 2.13 Released

Version 2.13 was released earlier this month on February 1st. It was a minor one overall but did add support for one major new feature. Beginning in this version, you may now launch a tournament from the current standings on a ladder. If this is chosen, tournament signups are disabled and replaced with a “Current Seeding” page. Match-ups are permanent at the start date or when manually triggered. The seeding is so that in round one, the best plays the worse, the second best plays the second worse, and so on.

You can choose any number for the bracket size. If you choose a number not a factor of 2, byes will be rewarded to the highest ranked competitors first.

Reviewing 2017

A customer from 2+ years ago reached out to me recently and inquired about his past purchase. He asked, “Is the license still good or does he need to purchase again?” I was happy to reply that his license is still valid and helped him update his information accordingly. I have never charged for upgrades or “expired a license”. I then attempted to bring him up to speed on what has changed since early 2016, and I got lost in the moment reading last year’s patch notes. I thought this was a good time to summarize Tournamatch in 2017 because the list feels staggering. The major changes include:

  • Eight total updates (more than the previous few years combined).
  • We added support for phpBB 3.2.x and WordPress.
  • Added support for PHP 5.6, 7.0, and 7.1; updated MySQL to support the latest.
  • Redesigned the entire front end to use responsive bootstrap.
  • Added support for restricting/requiring approval for ladders and tournaments.
  • Moved all previous code-configured settings to a page in the admin.
  • Replaced the back end to use a responsive bootstrap admin template.
  • Replaced all date fields with Moment which automatically display dates locally according to a users browser’s settings.
  • Added support for team invites and requests which replaces the old team password option.
  • Added support for disputing and resolving disputed tournament matches.
  • Added support for setting a max entry size in tournaments.
  • Added email notification for matches, challenging, and for confirming match results.
  • Added many new CSS class and id selectors to further tweak the UI.
  • Added support for setting additional Admins to manage your site.
  • Rewrote the entire challenging system to be more intuitive.
  • Added automated unit testing coverage to about 40% of the software.

Alright, so two of those bullets weren’t officially released until January 15th. I just missed my December 31st target for the version 2.12 release because I spent extra time on that last bullet. Adding automated unit testing coverage to Tournamatch is the accomplishment I am most excited about. You won’t see it directly; but, what you will see in new features that happen more frequently and reliability because I can get immediate test feedback. While automated testing is nothing revolutionary in software development, it’s something that will make developing Tournamatch significantly easier moving forward. Non developers can equate it to finally getting raid-tier gear in WoW or metal tools in ARK. Its a game changer for any software product expected to grow indefinitely.

If you purchased Tournamatch a long time ago, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I appreciate your support back then and your continued interest. This is a project I currently engage for leisure, and happy customers building successful gaming organization websites is my reward. Your interest motivates me, so thank you for a motivated and productive 2017!

Version 2.12 Released

Tournamatch version 2.12 is now available. This is a major update and you should back up your tournamatch directory and all “trn_” tables before performing the upgrade. This release caps off a month of development + another of automated testing coverage. The test coverage is what I’m most excited about because it really makes possible more rapid and reliable changes. I only achieved about 40% coverage, but what’s covered is probably the most important parts. A complete list of every change is below:

  • Replaced team invite and join team with Invitations and Requests. All Invitations are sent via email. All requests are linked to the user requesting membership and most be approved.
  • Added support for setting max entries for a tournament. Note: The signed up count (and restriction) does not account for competitors that are awaiting approval in private events. So special attention is required for fixed bracket size and “requires approval” tournaments because an admin could add more than the max.
  • Added support for requiring approval to join a tournament.
  • Added support for removing unresolved disputed matches.
  • Added support for changing team name.
  • Added support for changing a user’s display name.
  • Added ladder and tournament competitions data to team profile page.
  • Added CSS ids for ladder idle colors: ladder-inactive, ladder-active-last-7, ladder-active-last-14, & ladder-active-last-21
  • Added support for games images with “.jpeg” extension.
  • Updated team owner leaving a team; owner cannot leave team while ranked as owner. Instead he should promote another member to owner and then he may leave team.
  • Fixed a bug allowing inactive ladders to display to public. Those are now correctly hidden.
  • Fixed a bug causing “http://” to prepend to “https://” avatars in edit team profile.
  • Fixed a bug causing the challengee to be lost when issuing a challenge from view ladder standings.
  • Fixed a bug causing a broken link to be sent to challengee recipients.
  • Fixed a performance issue on the edit player and team profile page related to reading the flag directory each time.
  • Minor CSS tweak to ladder sign-ups.
  • Removed realname from displayed. Everything related to individual players now use display_name.
  • Removed the ability for individuals to use different names per competition. Individual competitions will always use his or her display name. This change was necessary to simplify team management, registration, and to add support for changing display names and team names.
  • Removed match history from team profile page. This will be added back in a later update.
  • Removed the ability for an admin to register players and teams for events. This will be added back in a later update.
  • Removed orphan challenges, ladder entries, ladder matches, tournament entries, tournament matches and team members for ladders, tournaments and teams that had been previously deleted.

You can download the latest update using the same link provided on purchase. Feel free to reach out if you no longer have that email. Thank you and Happy Belated 2018!

Version 2.11 Released

Tournamatch version 2.11 was released on November 1st. This version is a minor update which adds the WordPress toolbar to Tournamatch pages; consolidates settings defined in “Manage Addons”, “Manage Language” and the config.php file into one “Manage Settings” page; replaces antiquated pagination code with a newer library which supports bootstrap markup; and adds support for MySQL installs with the “STRICT_TRANS_TABLES” mode enabled. This update also addresses bugs for unranked “Rung-Up” ladders, team invites via email, player sorting, and a few others.

You can download the latest update using the same link provided on purchase. Feel free to reach out if you no longer have that email. Thank you and Happy Belated Halloween!