Esports is a growing industry that has seen explosive growth in recent years. Gankster, an esports platform for finding scrims and forming teams, is now launching their own league version of the game. The company believes that they have created a better experience for players by creating leagues with more structure and transparency.
The firstblood is a platform that allows gamers to find quality scrims and form teams. We are now launching a league version of the site called gankster.gg
Covid -> Quarantine -> Boredom -> Boredom -> Boredom -> Boredom -> Boredom -> Boredom -> Boredom -> “Let’s make something cool.” Gankster is a competitive team and player site where you can locate and post scrims, create teams (LFP/LFT), and interact with other teams. While we take care of the tedious things like timezone synchronization, communication (built-in scrim chat), dependability (reputation system), alerts (updates sent directly to your Discord DMs), and more.
You may register at
(It’s free): https://lol.gankster.gg
Before starting to build what would eventually become gankster, we conducted research and spoke with pro and semi-pro team managers from League of Legends, Dota, and CSGO, asking them what they think is missing and what tools we can build to make their lives easier (the results of that research will be shared later in this post). We chose to concentrate on the MOBA genre and released the project for the Dota 2 community early this year. The reaction has been overwhelming: professional, amateur, and aspiring teams have established over 4000 scrims, and 90 percent of the NA/LatAm Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) teams are utilizing gankster. We proceeded to develop the project with the assistance of our users.
Following a brief limited beta of the league version, we believe it is now time to expose our project to the public and share our dedicated league version of gankster with you. We’d appreciate it if you could offer your thoughts and ideas, since we’re interested in learning about all of the leaguers’ unique problems.
Why did we create gankster?
I’m sure many of you can relate to some of the results of our study:
- To locate scrims, you must use various platforms (discord, Facebook, Whatsapp, and some teams even use Skype!).
- You know very little about your opponent, who often cancels scrims at the last minute or does not show up at all.
- There are few locations where serious teammates or fresh recruits may be found.
- It takes a lot of effort to keep everyone on your squad informed about your scrim activities and schedule.
- It’s nearly always a pain in the neck to figure out time zones for both your teammates and your opponent.
As a result, our approach was to take everything that was going on in discord or other chat platforms, as well as google sheets/calendar, and put it into an usable interface designed especially for professional gamers, and connect it with the tools you currently have.
We believe that, in the end, gankster will contribute to making the esports environment more accessible by identifying and coordinating methods to develop both outside and within the game. We aim to make esports more accessible to a wider audience so that more people can participate – whether you want to be a pro or simply want to compete (or you’re hooked). There’s no shame in that).
Here’s a rundown of what you can do with gankster.
Look for high-quality scrims.
Our open scrim system allows you to find and play with teams of similar skill levels. Rather than strewn over a plethora of discord servers, publish your LFS (Looking For Scrim) or make requests to other teams’ LFS. At a glance, you can view their rank, server, and roster. Teams may use our Riot API connection to add summoner information to their roster.
You may also select the timezone you wish to work with, and we’ll make sure your opponent sees the proper time based on their preferences.
Tooltips for Scrims and Team Information
Integration with Discord
Our bot will give you activity updates through DMs if you login with Discord or link it to your account. This is one of our most popular features, according to our users. A courteous request and confirmation will never go unnoticed.
The gankster bot will send you notifications when anything significant happens.
You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the community’s reputation system after the scrim. If everything went well, give your opponent +rep, or report them for not showing up or canceling at the last minute. A team’s representative may be identified by the emblem adjacent to their logo.
We’re always looking for ways to enhance the system, so any feedback is appreciated.
ProDraft and OP.GG
A chat window will immediately appear when you submit or accept a scrim invitation, allowing you to interact with your opponent and form a team.
Without closing your browser tab, draft for the scrim and submit your op.gg link.
ProDraft with OP.GG Demo GIF
Finding a team and recruiting members with the help of gankster
We built the first version of LFT/LFP (Looking For Team/Player) for the league launch, a dedicated place for teams to find their missing piece of the puzzle, and for individuals to find a group that matches their skills and ambitions, whether they’re aiming for the worlds or just having a good time on the weekends.
You’ll have a consistent method to see player/team data (using our Riot API connection for summoner data) and the option to filter based on your requirements (rank, server, roles etc..).
This is only the first version; rather than guessing, we wanted to have a better understanding of what’s required, so please let us know what we can do to improve it.
Screenshot of the LFT Page
Make contact with the teams you scrim with on a regular basis.
One of the most important features of gankster is the opportunity for your team to form its own competitive network and share your schedule with your contacts. Have you have a nice experience with a recent opponent? Connect with them and see their scrim schedule at all times so you can play them again.
Screenshot of the Connections page
gankster for professional sports teams
As I previously said, the Americas DPC was a tremendous success for us. Gankster was designed from the ground up to assist professional teams, therefore we developed it with features tailored to their needs. First and foremost, there is the issue of privacy. We understand that pro teams frequently want to keep their scrim schedule secret from the general public – this is where connecting with other teams comes in handy – connect with other pro teams you’d like to practice with and establish private LFS that only they can view. Without an LFS, you may send them scrim requests directly.
Screenshot of the scrim request window, which is utilized throughout the program.
Security — We all spent a lot of effort tightening up our security to reduce the chance of data breaches, whether in code or via third-party technologies. If you’re a techie, the bulk of our 3rd party tools are self-hosted, so feel free to inquire about that.
We also offer verified pro teams (like the blue check mark on Twitter) where you may securely join and scrim with other professionals. If you’re a member of a pro team (Tier 1-3), you may apply for a verification tag on the manage team page, and we’ll get back to you.
Who is responsible for this?
We’re a group of five lifelong gamers and friends who created gankster as a side project to keep us occupied during quarantines. We all left our IT professions after seeing the community’s reaction and decided to completely devote to helping the esports sector achieve its full potential. Gankster is entirely self-funded. A special thank you to our amazing volunteers who joined us along the road and helped us get to this point.
Last but not least
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably the perfect person to hear this: gankster was founded on research and feedback, and we want to keep doing things the same way. We understand that the only way to succeed is to create something that alleviates our community’s suffering, so please tell us where it hurts.
Do you want to talk?
Feel free to contact me if you appreciate the concept and believe you can help in any manner, such as community outreach or feedback collecting, or just have something to say.
We’re also planning on including a tournaments/leagues component into gankster. We’d love to talk about your requirements if you’re a TO and want to publish your event via gankster.
You may contact me through Discord (ddyo#9254) or email ([email protected]).
Please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gankstergg
For a brief overview of gankster, go to https://gankster.gg (it’s a little outdated).
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