about lan portal

LanPortal is a platform for hosting LAN and other gaming events. It aims to give the best experience for eSports attendees and powerful marketing and selling tool for event organizers. It contains several unique features tailored to just LAN organizers and its visitors.

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The Challenge

The idea of this startup was to build a platform that will bring value for gamers, spectators and event organizers. The product should consider specific of eSports community, common standards of user interface and user experience in this industry. It should provide flexible, reliable and secure tool which will allow LAN organizers to create events and sell tickets.

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The Solution

UI/UX APPROACH

0.1Research and Analysis

Stages
  • Defining the users and their goals
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Competitor analysis
  • Defining features and functionality
  • Building user scenarios
  • Building a sitemap

The result of this phase is a clear sitemap which gives a high-level representation of the website.

0.2Wireframing

Since we defined the user goals and built the sitemap, it is time to define the framework of the new website. Building wireframes allowed us to define the information architecture, perform early usability testing and get a feedback from the stakeholder without worrying too much about visual look.

0.1 Research and Analysis

After a long preparation period, we’ve focused on visual design. The design represents a well-thought-out UX. Below you can find the key screens designed for this project.

PLAYER DASHBOARD

Upcoming gaming events and tournaments with quick access to the events and tournaments which the user has already joined.

Organizer dashboard

Overall tickets sales statistics with quick access to tickets check in feature.

Tickets booking system

Allows user to navigate the seat map built by the organizer, then select and buy the appropriate tickets.

Tournament brackets

Huge part of the tournament management goes on this page.

And many more…
Design consistency

It’s tremendously important to have a consistency through the whole website, so we developed guidelines which explain how each individual UI element works.

Technology approach

We used Node.js + ES6 to build REST / JSON service allowing to handle thousands of concurrent users. Frontend is built as an SPA providing smooth user experience in every section of the application.

For real time operations we used WebSocket. For i18n we used a very popular solution GetText, which has variety of supporting tools. This makes very easy to use it by translators in future.

Technology stack:

  • Node.js_logo
  • express
  • Angular_full_color_logo
  • PostgreSQL logo

Venue editor / Booking tickets

Venue editor is one of the central features on LanPortal. It provides tool for LAN organizers to create seat plan of the venue. Once map is published, seats booking becomes available to LanPortal users.

Features for organizers:

  • Define dimensions of the room
  • Add / remove seat sections of various sizes
  • Define seats within each section

Features for organizers:

  • Selected seats are reserved for the next 15 minutes allowing users to complete the payment
  • Seats availability updated on the map in real time according to users booking activity
  • Pre-sale option allows users to buy tickets before map is published, in this case seats shouldbe selected later

Duration:

8
Months

(to deliver the first version)

Team

Developers

Business Analyst

Project Manager

QA Engineer

The Result

LanPortal was successfully released and became the first solution of such kind for LAN organizers in Sweden. Right from its launch it started to engage popular LAN organizers and became platform for establishing large gaming events. It proved to be a great tool to gather the community and provide services from event information / news and to selling tickets. At this moment development if the product continues and our team works on adding new useful features helping LanPortal to extend its presence on Swedish market and improve value for users.

LanPortal is a platform for hosting LAN and other gaming events. It aims to give the best experience for eSports attendees and powerful marketing and selling tool for event organizers. It contains several unique features tailored to just LAN organizers and its visitors.

johan
Johan RosenquistFounder at LanPortal.

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