If you're one of the 50,000 people who participated in the first Mad Skills Motocross (iOS) Tournament, then you know what a blast it was. Good news: Tournament 2 starts tomorrow. If you already have Mad Skills Motocross on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, then all you'll have to do is register when the tournament begins, tomorrow at 3 p.m. EST.
If you don't have Mad Skills Motocross on your iOS device, then now is probably the time to remedy that. It'll be the best 99 cents you've ever spent. You can get it here.
(Yes, Mad Skills Motocross is coming to Android. Soon.)
Tournament 2 (T2?) is a little different than the first one. Here's how it will work.
1. Each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST, a new round will begin. Round 1 starts tomorrow (May 31, 2012). A brand new track will be released free of charge to everyone who has the full game. You'll have one week to try to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, against a progressively difficult computer opponent. Once you win those, you can "play up" against other players on the leaderboard.
2. At the end of each round, the track closes and a new one opens.
3. There will be 10 rounds. The final round closes at 3 p.m EST on Aug. 9, 2012.
4. Unlike in the first tournament, T2 will feature overall points standings. These will update after each round, based on the equation at the bottom of this post. Creating points standings for tens of thousands of people is complicated, but we think we've come up with a way to do it well. The points standings will be displayed here on Racer X Online, and the URL will be announced at the end of Round 1.
5. There will be no 'Finals' round like there was in the first tournament. Everyone can race all 10 rounds, regardless of how many gold medals you win. Overall points standings will instead be the measure of how well players have played throughout the tournament.
That's it in a nutshell. There will be more details in the Official Rules, which you'll have to accept in order to participate in T2.
More on T2 Points Standings
So how do we establish points standings in a tournament that could have 50,000+ people playing? If you're not a math major, you may want to skip this part and just trust us. If you are a math major, you'll probably come up with a better method and call us idiots.
At the completion of each week, T2 participants will earn a position on that track’s leaderboard, and that time will be assigned a percentile number, showing where it stands in comparison to all other T2 players worldwide.
To find the percentile of a player’s weekly score, or x, out of a set number of scores, or n, where x is not included, the following equation will be used:
(*Number of scores below X / n) * 100 = percentile rank
So, if there are 15,000 players in a week, and a player finishes in 500th place, the equation would be:
(14,500 / 15,000 = .96666) * 100 = 96.666
In other words, this player’s time is better than 96.666% of all times in the round.
With each passing round, a player’s individual percentile scores are added to formulate his or her total points. So if a player has a percentile of 96.666 in Round 1 and 92.453 in Round 2, his or her total points as of Round 2 would be 96.666 + 92.453 = 189.119. This method will be used each week, for all T2 players, to determine the overall points leaderboard. The points leaderboard will be updated as soon as possible after each round. T2 points will be maintained by Turborilla AB, who retains the right to settle all disputes regarding player points at its sole discretion.
Is it perfect? Probably not, but it should get the job done.
That's pretty much it. Now get ready to rumble.