World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 14th season, which will air on FSN in the United States.
Our team initially led the design and development of a brand new worldpokertour.com, unveiled in May 2015. Since then, we have been leading all backend web development for worldpokertour.com, as well as supporting WPT’s in-house HTML development team as the design and front-end presentation continually evolves.
We also architected and continue to manage the complex and fully scalable Amazon cloud that the site is hosted on, ensuring that players and spectators around the globe get real-time updates during tournaments from a single, easy to navigate and quickly loading central destination, even as global traffic spikes from high-stakes enthusiasm.
There are a number of innovations behind worldpokertour.com that we’re extremely proud of. Content management is provided by WordPress, ensuring that the interface for live blogging and up-to-the-second updates is as direct and friendly as everyone expects of modern CMS systems. The WordPress installation has been extended with HyperDB and a number of custom plugins to operate on multiple scalable, redundant servers, and a number of custom plugins to support large sets of historical statistical data, from over 25,000 poker players in the database.
As tournaments are held on a near-weekly basis, updates are posted in real-time through WebSocket technology we developed, and tournament statistics are fed into complex ranking and leaderboard systems that can poker enthusiasts can browse and filter through.