Esports specialist Mettlestate has launched an updated website packed with features designed to attract new and old visitors alike. The brand has essentially turned its new site into a game, the idea being to make the experience more enjoyable for longer periods of time. The fact that it might result in increased session duration probably has nothing to do with it. Maybe.
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The biggest change is the introduction of Mettallions – the site’s own virtual currency. Users can spend Mettallions on discounts in the site’s store and on extra spins of the daily spinner. But first, they must be earned. This is done by spinning the daily spinner, referring friends to the site, joining the VIP Program, and winning daily tournaments.
The affiliate program goes hand-in-hand with the new currency. If a friend signs up using your referral code, you automatically receive 10 Mettallions. For every 10 friends referred, you unlock another spin on the daily spinner. Users get one free spin per day with prizes like merch, tech, or vouchers. In case you need to feed your new gambling addition, spending virtual currency allows further spins.
On a mission
Next up is the addition of Missions. These are designed with completionist gamers specifically in mind. Users complete missions in order to collect badges and more importantly, trophies. Then there are limited-time event special badges – which can be obtained for completing special events. Think Steam’s gamification, but without having to buy video games you’ll never ever play.
Just like on PlayStation, Mettlestate’s trophies, and badges have no effect on a user’s account whatsoever. They do have an effect on any of your friends that missed out on the limited-time trophy. Bragging rights are always worth having.
Mettlestate users also have access to more customisation than before — in the interests of furthering that aforementioned jealousy factor, obviously. Avatar and banner options have been increased, hosting a larger selection for gamers to choose from. Stats keeping track of wins, losses, and tournament performances are also being added to profiles. A new activity feed, where users can follow their favourite gamers, organizations, or even friends, has also been added.
And that’s it. For now. It feels as if Mettlestate is only getting warmed up. There are bound to be more esports upgrades coming from the South African platform in the near future, so stay tuned.