LoyalJoys Inc Logo
Interactive Gaming App For LoyalJoys
Developing a fantasy sports app to virtualise the gaming experience
Timeline
20 weeks
Industry
Sports
Location
Boston
Project
Design and development
Year
2021
  1. Strategy icon

    Strategy

    Simplifying healthcare service delivery with our client, the strategy for the project decided was to work on a fixed timeline model, with a scope of 13 weeks of development.

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  2. Analysis Planning icon

    Analysis planning

    The Frontend UI was developed on React Native Meanwhile and we decided that the apt tech stack for the Backed should be NodeJS with MongoDB for its scalability.

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  3. UI/UX design

    UI/UX

    As the project was mostly development based, our designers lay easy on this one and the app was created using the designs given by the client.

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  4. Development icon

    Development

    As per the client’s plans, we implemented login screens through open authorization while integrating the option to list multiple sports along with the options to meet other similar minded people for an interactive experience.

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  5. Testing icon

    Testing

    To ensure that the product was functioning as intended, we conducted stringent QA tests along the course of the development phase for a truly robust app.

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  6. Delivery icon

    Delivery

    While the app had not been completed on the occasion of the co-founders birthday as planned, it is all set and ready for its Beta launch next month with the client being happy with the outcome of the project.

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About the Client

LoyalJoys is a fantasy sports start-up based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Conceived and conceptualized by Jeff and Yanni, Loyaljoys aims to revolutionize the fantasy gaming space by making it more collaborative and interactive.The company was founded with the mission of establishing a platform that can digitalise the experience of enjoying a game at sports pub, stadium,sports cafe while enjoying the presence and enthusiasm of other fellow fans.

The Problem

The client was looking for a technical partner who specialized in WYSIWYG React native tools. The goal of the project was to create a robust fantasy sports gaming platform with the provision of virtual currency and virtual locations through which users can interact with other players. The client’s idea was to integrate moving parts ranging from real-time scores from the live game to real-time location updates on the map while connecting all the elements to provide a wholesome experience.  

The development work on the application was spread over a span of twenty weeks on an Agile- based model. The project was based on designs that were provided by the client and the primary requirement was to build up an MVP based on which the development strategy could be planned.

Team On-Call

After analysing the scope of the project, a team of expert developers were put together to take the venture forward. Based on the timeline and deliverables a team of developers spearheaded by a project manager was formed.

Requirements

To design a fantasy sports gaming app providing a wholesome experience for multiple sports.

Contests based on virtual currency in the form of “balls” 

Provision of virtual places to interact and compete with other players.

Development

The idea behind the collaboration was to create an interactive platform that would provide a fantasy sports gaming experience for users. The initial idea and designs that were set by the client underwent some minor changes and was enhanced  based on the feedback from our developers.

The Frontend UI was developed in React Native due to its great performance and functionalities offered for mobile environments and also because of its popularity in the dev community. Meanwhile, the client suggested that we integrate NodeJS with MongoDB for the Backend as it was the perfect fit being a scalable, open-source NoSQL database solution. Using these two technologies together, web applications could be built quickly and easily and deployed to the cloud, which was finalised to be the AWS suite, with very little difficulty. Jeff, the co-founder of LoyalJoys, being an expert engineer himself, was a major contributor to the development phase and he also recommended using DRY and splitting the code wherever possible as he was very particular about clean coding. Bitbucket was the tool of choice for code management.

The first feature that was implemented in the project was an option for signing in and signing up which we integrated through open authorization. As the product roadmap was to to feature multiple sports to provide a truly complete gaming experience, we provided a games listing for basketball, football and baseball along with a list of places which include bars, sports cafes, stadiums and other favourites with each place having its where own feed where like-minded people can join and chat about sporting events . We used an external package-- ReactNativeActivityFeed for implementing the feed for places feed as creating a custom package is time consuming. We also created an option to add friends and challenge them to private contests to provide a truly interactive user experience where people could buy their way into the game using virtual money in the form of “balls”.

We believe in offering nothing but the best and Quality Assurance was critical to ensure that the development was proceeding without any major lags. The development phase was split into multiple phases or sprints where features were implemented and rigorously tested to ensure a flawless application. Tasks were broken down and assigned to team members using Jira to ensure that the flow of the development was going as planned.

Overcoming Challenges

We believe in offering nothing but the best and Quality Assurance was critical to ensure that the development was proceeding without any major lags. The development phase was split into multiple phases or sprints where features were implemented and rigorously tested to ensure a flawless application. Tasks were broken down and assigned to team members using Jira to ensure that the flow of the development was going as planned.

In bird's eye view
  • Docker was used for CI/CD
    • The tasks were managed on Jira
      • The API was deployed on AWS and DB server was deployed on MongoDB Atlas
        Final Impression

        After weeks of hard work and countless trials and errors, we are finally all set to launch next month and LoyalJoys  is more than happy with the envisionment. The client is delighted at the success of the MVP. While the product has not yet been launched on the occasion of Yanni’s birthday as planned, the team is in all preparation for the successful Beta deployment of the app in the coming weeks. As emotionally vested as Jeff is in the project, he trusted us with the idea to let us do the changes that would be a good fit for the final product and we have taken it into our stride to deliver nothing but the absolute best that we could.The application is all set to deliver the experience it was originally intended to give. Fantasy sports lovers can expect a one-of-a-kind experience as LoyalJoys successfully digitalizes the experience of enjoying a game with other fans and competing against them in a friendly match.