About Us

About Tournamatch

We aspire to be the professional partner that makes your gaming community dream a reality. We want your experience with Tournamatch to be a hassle-free one that 'just works'.


Our Story

What started as a simple tournament script for PHP-Nuke evolved into a complete ladder and tournament management system for WordPress powered online gaming and eSports websites. Tournamatch has been privately used and developed since 2001. After releasing it publicly in 2004, I'm proud to offer one of the best and the most reliable systems ever since. I'm passionate about making the customer happy and treating you the way I'd want to be treated.

Tournamatch is written in PHP and powered by lightning fast MySQL database. It seamlessly integrates with your existing WordPress website, includes an automated installation process, and offers a variety of features with a user-friendly administration panel.

Our Vision

We aspire to be the professional partner that makes your eSports or gaming community dream a reality. We want your experience with Tournamatch to be a hassle-free one that 'just works'.

Our Team

Our History

2001

I first began writing tournament bracket and sign up modules for PHP-Nuke in 2001. My website back then was dedicated to Age of Empires II, hosted on a free hosting provider, and used a .tk URL shortner. We organized tournaments for custom scenario competitions because the MSN Gaming Zone never showed any love to the CS players.

2004

The first ever version of our software, "SkyMods TRN v1.0", was released. It only supported 1v1 single elimination tournaments and the download was free. Yea... we quickly just started calling it "TRN" after the v1.0 release. Naming things is hard.

2005

After the initial release of the software and two more updates in 2004, we decided against releasing TRN v1.3 in January. There were several other tournament scripts available at the time that would simply take our free product, rename it, and then sell to their own customers. These scam artists advertised feature that didn't exist, pre-sold features that never materialized, and then ran away with peoples money.

We closed the website that gave TRN away for free in August and prepared to relaunch with a new website, a branding update, anti-piracy measures, and a proper eCommerce store to sell the plugin.

2006

We unveiled our new website, www.tournamatch.com in June. We emailed our existing TRN users in late July welcoming them to try out the new product. In August, we opened sales for the newly branded Tournamatch for $25. We sold 9 copies in the first month!

2008

In February of 2008, we released our first major update to the software which included a new ladder system, challenges, advanced match making features, and maps. This update, that took most of 2007 to build, was plagued with bugs and included a challenging system that was so complicated it wasn't user-friendly. I learned the hard way to avoid taking a massive bite out of new features that take over a year to build.

My 2006 to 2009 personal life frequently pulled me away from Tournamatch. For those four years, I was a college student taking 15+ credit hours per semester while working a full time 45+ hour/week job. Years 2008 and 2009 were particular tough: I was a first-time husband, first-time homeowner, first-time living out on my own, and focused on finishing my last year of college. To say I was burning the candle at both ends is an understatement. After graduating in 2009, I stepped away from everything except my new career and wonderful wife. The burnout took years to recover from, and I wouldn't return to any significant Tournamatch development until 2011.

2011

We released version 2.0 of Tournamatch, our first major update in almost 3 years. It added support for phpBB forums.

2012

Another major update to the software included localization to all source files and translations for 22 different languages. We also added proper support for draws in 2012.

2013

First major update to www.tournamatch.com since its initial launch in 2006.

2015

Unhappy with the hired website update in 2013, I spent most of late 2014 working on my own www update using a responsive template and we published that makeover (the current appearance) in 2015. Finally happy with the new look, I began working on Tournamatch again. Unfortunately, the software was outdated and needed major work to support the current PHP and MySQL versions.

This year marked a renewed interest in maintaining this project.

2016

The fruits of labor in 2015 were finally realized this year. We released 4 updates in 2016 which primarily focused on security and supporting the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, and phpBB.

2017

We continued our efforts from previous years, releasing 8 total updates including support for WordPress along with many other new features.

2018

During the second half of 2017 and 2018, we observed an increase in traction and some modest growth. Several organizations have built fantastic gaming communities around our software and continue to provide excellent feedback. We added many new features in 2018 across 10 more updates thanks to all of the feedback. The message was getting louder and more clear, however: few customers used phpBB and no customers used PHP-Nuke. The major issues in Tournamatch would be non-existent if we focused on just one CMS. It was time to fully adopt WordPress.

On November 19th, my wife and I welcomed our first child, a wonderful baby boy named Ashton!

1st Half of 2019

It's been quiet, but not idle. I've been adjusting to life as a new parent and enjoying our new little man. A native WordPress version of Tournamatch is still my primary development focus, and the 1st half of this year consisted of steady development towards that goal.