Online card games are booming worldwide. While the majority of these online games and tournaments cater to poker, online platform Bridge Big (bridgebig.com) focuses on the popular and rather complex game of bridge. Bridge Big offers a variety of bridge games to thousands of players, all playing at the same time. The choice to use Trifork’s Axon Framework for development made sure this large number of concurrent players could be handled and scaled, while ensuring a fair and secure game.
It took about 4 years to develop the application, and when Bridge Big approached Trifork, they had already developed a working prototype of the front-end environment. The challenge was building the infrastructure for users to register and play online securely and with high performance.
There were several reasons for using the Axon Framework as the development platform. The first issue raised was the scalability of thousands of concurrent users to accommodate the potential growth of the gaming community. Axon separates logical components within the architecture and couples them using an asynchronous message bus. This enables linear scaling by allowing components to be spread across multiple physical servers. This makes Axon the ultimate framework for building applications which require concurrency and scalability.
Another important issue was concurrency. To ensure a live card game experience, real-time processing was of the utmost importance. Axon makes sure that other commands acting on a game will not be handled while the game is still processing a command, all without compromising performance.
Rene de Waele, CTO of Bridge Big
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