Flight Rising is a game based around breeding, battling, and raising a clan of customized dragons. This social web-based activity site also features adventuring, combat, and collecting. What began as a Kickstarter campaign quickly grew into a site with over 60,000 registered users.
Flight Rising’s sudden popularity had the unintended side effect of maxing out the site’s capacity. The number of users online at peak times caused various features and functions to not work properly or for the site to crash altogether. These performance issues caused a bad experience for the current players and prevented the game from growing further, as there were problems with getting new users registered.
LightSky implemented tools and technologies which allowed the site to become inherently more stable. We optimized the web server, the database and caching server, and then moved on to the code base. Flight Rising can now grow in both numbers of users and features. The server enhancements allowed Flight Rising to register over 20,000 new users in a little over 24 hours of open registration.