We’ve implemented some changes to our rankings formula. This is an ever-growing process and something we are constantly discussing and figuring out ways to improve. Because we can’t do everything we want to do immediately, we are rolling out a few changes at a time. This recent update includes the following changes:
- Site diversity is no longer used in the overall or seasonal rankings.
- Sport diversity has been changed to award you a 3% bonus for your second-best sport, a 6% bonus for your third-best sport, etc., capped at a 12% bonus for your fifth- through nth-best sport. Your second- and third-best scores are those that have yielded the second- and third-most points in the time range the ranking covers.
- Qualifiers now count in our rankings and are scored like normal GPP’s
- Live Finals are still graded by shifting the number of entrants such that all finalists are pushed into the top 20% of the field, allowing all finalists to receive points
Some aspects of our rankings that haven’t yet changed that we are still considering or are actively working on are:
- We may reduce the effect of our 3/5ths root on the prize pool such that large tournaments are less dampened. This root was initially used so that the winner of the largest, end-of-the-year NFL tournament wasn’t the guaranteed victor of the TPOY just by winning a single tournament. Since there are more tournaments that approach the prize pool of these final NFL tournaments, we have been more comfortable exploring 4/5th and no-root options.
- We are actively working with the operator sites to find ways of identifying 50/50’s and double-ups so that we can grade them differently than GPP’s. Since there are a manageable number of large-prizepool 50/50’s that meet the $10K TPOY requirement, we may manually adjust or remove those from the rankings before we have an automated system in place to identify all of them for the overall rankings.
- Once we are able to identify 50/50’s and double-ups, will we change the 20% criterion we use such that any cashing score counts towards the rankings.
You should see these rankings take effect on the seasonal and monthly rankings over the course of the day, and on the overall rankings by tomorrow morning. The main thing you will notice is an increase to everyone’s score. This increase is a result of the site and sport diversity no longer dampening scores to a level between 0.5 and 1 (and to a lesser extent by the fact that there is no longer a site diversity at all).
The change to our sport diversity has the added benefit that the score of any given contest is now worth at least as much in the rankings as it is worth by itself. (Our previous diversity bonus dampened your score when it was summed in the overall ranking.) Your ranking score may still be less than the sum of results on your profile page, however, since we still only count your best finish in any multi-entry contest.