Starting from less than a month ago, you have had the possibility to enjoy on BGA a new playing mode: the Arena.
This new competitive mode has been a real success: a lot of you are competing to win the trophies for this first Arena Season, and it has increased the number of games played on BGA by +20%. We'd like to thank you a lot for making this feature such a success!
If you want to read more about what is the Arena, how it works, and why we developed it, please read the following FAQ:
For now, Arena remains a BETA
Despite this success, the Arena is still not perfect. We still consider it a BETA, and you may have seen that we are changing/testing things from time to time.
We know that these changes may be painful, but we to do it in order to find the best way to make this competitive mode work.
During the last 24 hours, we have experimented an alternative lobby for the Arena, described here, in order to decrease the waiting time, to increase the chances to meet opponents from the same leagues, and to try to make the less popular games more popular. Unfortunately, it didn't met our expectations, so we decided to put an end to this experiment.
The good news is that we're done now with the major updates. The Arena is going to remain in its current shape, with minor changes, for the rest of Season 0.
We know that there is still room for improvements. In particular, we'd like to improve the waiting phase, and the "confirmation before playing" phase. However, a lot of you are enjoying the Arena like it is now so there is no reason not to let you play!
Season Zero is now official
Considering all of this, we decided to make Season Zero an official season for BGA rankings.
It means that at the end of the Season, Arena champions will be the first official Arena champions on Board Game Arena, and will be the first to put their names on the winners list for each game.
The end of the Season is planned around April 9th 2020 (this date may still be adjusted).
Our ambition stays the same: make the Arena an enjoyable permanent competition, and allow you to win the most prestigious BGA achievements with it.
This is not an easy task, and it may take a lot of back and forth to reach this objective, but we intend to work on it until we reach that point.
We wish good luck to you all for this Season!