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With the 2011 season, the NFL Network wanted to run a season long campaign during which the fans compete against the analysts from the NFL Game Day TV show.
We wanted to promote an element of competition between the fans and the analysts, so we created a game in which the “fans” as a collective would predict the winners of the upcoming games for the week and the analysts would do the same. Score will be kept, and at the end of the season, only one can emerge victorious and claim bragging rights.
With the app being hosted on NFL.com, being promoted on TV and throughout NFL’s several
other online mediums, a large amount of users were expected. For this reason, we optimized the database and caching layers to handle large volume and deployed it using multiple servers for the database and the caching with scripts that can add new servers as needed.
The campaign was a roaring success with over 1.5 million players over the course of the campaign. Ultimately, the analysts beat out the fans and the whole event sparked an immense amount of debate and friendly trash-talk across NFL’s various social media profiles as well as on Twitter.
From the beginning Cygnis Media an excellent team to work with. They are very professional and quickly understood our needs and how best to implement our vision for the project.
Travis Hunter, MIT REAP
I cannot recommend Cygnis highly enough. Cygnis were able to take on board our vision and got it straight away. They managed our expectations and helped prioritize our goals for both the MVP and later
Philip May, Co-Founder, The BarCode