Yeah, we know how it's supposed to work: never write anything long, because people won't bother reading it, much less actually think about it. But we believe that rankade's users are of a different mettle; so, if we have something important to say, we use each and every word we need - even, like, more that ten of them! So, let's get to it: we trust you to be still with us after this dozen paragraphs.
Rankade has been online for a little more than two years.
In these months, the number of users, groups and recorded matches has grown steadily and surprisingly, even more so considering that the main growth came almost exclusively through word-of-mouth. We're very proud of how diverse the games you play are (the list is very, very long!) and of how many countries your groups hail from.
Here's a little more info about us.
Rankade is a small start-up, established exclusively to develop this project. The platform you're using was designed, developed and tested for a long time before it went live, right from the algorithms at its heart, and after going live we've kept working hard on it, taking advantage of valuable field tests and user feedback. During these years, we have endeavoured to make the interfaces more usable, the database and processes more robust and especially - as our earlier users know all too well - to increase the number of features and the amount of data available to groups and users.
We did all of this just on our own devices, since we've chosen (bucking the trend, as it appears) to forego outside financial support in order to avoid outside meddling.
We believe in our project and we want to keep developing it on our own, managing all aspects of it directly.
Which leads us right to the point.
Our ultimate goal is for rankade to become a global standard for rankings. This said, rankade has two main, shorter-term, less-than-original targets: offering a better and better service to our users and, well, survival. :)
We work hard every day for one of those targets. For the other one, we ask you, no matter whether you're faithful early adopters or you've just landed on these shores, for a little help towards achieving economical sustainability, being able to develop and grow rankade further, and allowing us to offer you a better and better product, without distorting the nature of our project or ruining the way you enjoy it.
All of the basic features in rankade (group creation, match recording and ranking processing, through the webapp and mobile app) have been, and always shall be, available and free for all users.
However, upgrades are available: with Plus Groups and Supporter Users, you can become active contributors to rankade and help with its development.
As a tangible thank-you to all those who support us, Plus Groups have access to a wide range of specially designed features, and to other future additions still being developed, and Supporter Users access to an ad-free version of the webapp and to selected features. The whole list of features and their details are available in our pricing page. It goes without saying that early-bird adopters will enjoy heavily discounted prices.
We know we can count on your support and we're here to answer any doubt you may have. We're keeping this clear, with no marketing mumbo-jumbo: we want to keep working on rankade, to make it bigger and better, more useful, more fun.
And for this, we need a little help from all of you. Really.
Thank you very much, and happy gaming!