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TypeRacer Championship 2017 launched!

Posted on January 14, 2017. Filed under: Contests, Guest Column, Stats, TypeRacer News, Universes |

Happy New Year

Hi All – Happy belated New Year! On behalf of Typeracer I’d like to introduce our first (but hopefully not last) guest author on this blog. Noah (licahfox) is an old-timer on the site, and truly a top-rate typist. Back in Aug. 2008, the first month that Typeracer supported user accounts, and thus the beginning of all our data, Noah was the #1 typist, with an average of 160 wpm during that month. He also had the highest single score (213 wpm), a huge 50-60wpm higher than his next competitor.

I recall being one of the best racers myself (my 128 wpm average put me in 6th place in this timeframe, and I was the second most winning typist (982 wins) — second only to Bob Bongloaded (bob_bongloaded), who had an impressive 2,000+ wins! Noah was always able to beat me, but at least with his being a professional organist, I was okay with that!

In any case, later in the post we’re going to introduce a new exciting feature. The dedication of Typeracer’s fan base over the years has been inspiring to me, and the fact that we have a chance to collaborate with an old Typeracer fan who’s been playing since the beginning is completely ‘yuge, and we’re happy to be working with Noah to introduce this new feature.  Let’s consider it Noah’s “Christmas present” to the Typeracer community – a engineering marvel for armchair software engineer Noah “Licahfox”, pulled off in all the spare time that he most certainly does not have.

It any case, since this “Christmas Present”, a new Typeracer contest format, is based on the Typeracerdata.com platform, we thought we’d announce Noah’s main TRData website here on our blog at the same time.

What is Typeracer Data?

Typeracerdata.com: It’s an awesome website for Typeracer fans and racers trying to track their progress. It’s also motivating, with statistics like “text bests” (the average of a user’s best race on each text). For me personally, this lets me view every race as an opportunity to beat my record on the individual text–regardless of how hard or easy it is–and effortlessly track my progress. This might help keep Typeracer fresh for some people. The rankings on the site are unofficial, since the database is incomplete by nature, but at least for the fastest typists, the data is largely complete and should be pretty accurate. And, the more the site is used, the more complete the data becomes!

The competition on Typeracer is heating up

One last thing I want to call-out before I turn you over to Noah is that I’m truly impressed with how the competitive environment on Typeracer has blossomed over the past 8 years. Noah had the fastest average in Aug. 2008 but is now #59! We now have racers such as “Typeracer Domination” Award-Winner Izzy (blade5468), Typeracer Hall-of-Fame 2016 nominee Fyda, Romanian typing legend Andrei “Why didn’t anyone nominate me?” Cristescu (kakarotto), upcoming Sean-Wrona-challenger Shazzy (treiderik)  are setting a very high bar, and it’s been a lot of fun racing with you guys in 2016 🙂

Here’s to 2017, and I shall pass you over to Noah. Anyone else interested in guest authoring can email me at david@typeracer.com, or message me on Typeracer. Thanks!

 David Pritts (valikor)

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Typeracer Championship 2017

By Guest author: Noah (licahfox)

 

Hi Typeracers,

We’ve launched a new competition called TypeRacer Championship 2017! Each month, the Championship Universe will contain a small number of texts, on which top typists will compete to see who can achieve the highest overall score;  We award prizes to those who rise to the top, both for the monthly competitions and also for the overall winners of 2017.

For the current session of January 2017, which runs through the end of the month, TypeRacer will offer prizes as follows:

  • First place: $50
  • Second through fifth place: One free premium account for a chosen username

Many racers have already enrolled in the first Championship round, which began earlier this month. Whether you want to compete for a prize, or simply see how far you can climb up the rankings, we encourage you to participate this month in TypeRacer Championship 2017!

TypeRacer Championship 2017 Official Site

Hope you enjoy it!

Noah (licahfox)

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Winners of Typeracer 7th Anniversary Contest – and a new Typeracer World Record!

Posted on April 23, 2015. Filed under: Contests, TypeRacer News | Tags: |

Hi All, I’m pleased to announce the winners of Typeracer’s 7th anniversary typing contest! The details of that contest were outlined in our last blog post. To refresh everyone’s memory, in the 7 days starting from Apr. 7th, all racers were given a score calculated by multiplying their average typing speed by the number of words typed during these 7 days; the users with the 7 highest scores have won a prize. Furthermore, all typists who completed at least 7 races during those 7 days were entered into a drawing, and 7 lucky winners were selected. Below are our champs (note that #8 to #15 are “honorable mention”, and in italics):

# Racer Points earned Avg. WPM Races completed Words typed
1 erniechiew  16,363,180 122 2383 133,823
3 shoaib_shahnawaz  13,270,459 109 2146 120,725
4 nadel1232  8,631,589 111 1973 78,052
5 aaron_livefit  8,186,580 139 1256 59,220
6 elusoryx  7,470,999 131 1022 57,153
7 kevinski1  6,658,903 96 1536 70,374
8 lucean  5,635,020 97 1035 58,161
9 zoli 5,314,553 64 2200 83,091
10 janlonden  4,686,780 90 920 52,187
11 maximumchris2  4,401,835 142 846 31,162
12 tesla_diesel  4,283,196 116 668 37,122
13 aaindtharivalan_p  4,188,288 92 819 45,625
14 christhomas95  3,986,767 97 737 41,060
15 kellysgreens  3,897,979 126 863 31,255

We’ll be contacting #1 to #7 to ask what prize they prefer. A special congrats to our winner Ernie C (erniechiew), who completed 2,383 races at an impressive average of 122 wpm!

Moving on now, below are the lottery winners, who were randomly selected from the pool of typists who completed at least 7 races in 7 days starting on Apr. 7th.

# Lucky Draw Winners
1 little_dino 
2 rovr 
3 tm_mad 
4 flyafyoungblood 
5 cvanskiver67 
6 ashikur11 
7 oscaroketch 

Congratulations to the winners–we’ll be contacting you via email to arrange the prize distribution. Thanks for participating, and happy birthday Typeracer!

-David Pritts (valikor)

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Celebrate Typeracer’s 7th Birthday with a Typing Contest!

Posted on April 7, 2015. Filed under: Contests, TypeRacer News |

This month Typeracer will be celebrating its 7th birthday! When I think of how old Typeracer is getting, the first thought that pops into my mind is that I must be getting old too! I started playing Typeracer when I was back in college. When I see some of the super-fast 16-year-olds on here nowadays, destroying me with their 150-160 wpm averages, it’s pretty terrifying. I suggested to Typeracer founder Alex, that we should add a minimum age requirement to help me win more races, but he vetoed that idea, saying something about not wanting to discourage competition? Anyway… what we did agree on is that we should do something to celebrate! After discussing the idea, we thought it’d be fun to run a simple contest this week. Last week, we added a bunch of new texts (submitted by our users), so this week, we’re going to give a special bonus to our users and give everyone a chance to win prizes by doing some races, and allow people to try the new texts.

Contest Details

Typeracer Keychain

Contest winners will have their choice of either this nifty flashlight keychain2 or a free premium account upgrade.

The contest is pretty simple! Starting on April 7th, we’re going to monitor everyone’s races for 7 days. Anyone who does at least 7 races will be eligible to win prizes: either a custom-built Typeracer key chain, or a free premium Typeracer subscription for 1 year. Here are the two ways you can win:

7 Winners by Total Points

We will multiply everyone’s speed by the number of words typed1. For example, if you type 3000 words, at an average of 60 wpm, then you’ll have 3000 x 60 = 180,000 points. The 7 users with the most points after 7 days will be eligible for a prize.

7 Winners by Lucky Draw

We’ll also generate a list of all users who do at least 7 races during the 7 days following April 7th. From this list, we’ll randomly select 7 more winners, who also will be eligible for a prize.

That’s it! The results will be announced here some time next week. The winners, who will be notified individually by email, can choose which prize they want: a key chain2 or premium membership. We hope you’ll enjoy the new texts, and enjoy the contest!

David Pritts (valikor)

Notes

  1. We use the convention of 1 word = 5 characters for English text. Cheating (by using any program, script, or anything else) will disqualify you from this contest.
  2. Due to the high cost of international shipping, we can only ship the key chains within the United States, but everyone is eligible for the premium subscriptions. We will conduct the lottery on April 14, 2015, where each contestant who has completed 7 races will be assigned a random number.  We will be contacting the winners (starting with number 1, then 2,  and so on, to offer you a prize.

Let us know what you think!

Edit: Contest results have been posted here!

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The Contest Results Are In

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Contests |

The time has come to announce the results and winners of our first official book typing contest! There were 829 participants who completed a grand total of 43,056 races, cumulatively typing out over 2.5 million words on 25 passages from the book Worthless, Impossible and Stupid, at an average speed of 82 WPM (that’s about 520 hours or 21 days of typing)!

And now it’s my great pleasure to announce the winners! As you may recall from this blog post, there were two ways to qualify for a prize:

Top Contenders By Points Earned

For the purpose of this contest, points were calculated based on your WPM multiplied by the total number of words typed.

Rank Racer Points earned Avg. WPM Races completed Words typed Prize
1 dumdumbrulz 38,402,775 115 8344 343,507 $50
2 elusoryx 20,479,254 124 2564 166,973 $30
3 fightin_phils 14,824,314 158 1448 94,983 $20
4 neithan 6,297,661 79 1213 81,107
5 ceiba 4,571,493 79 874 58,889
6 kaqqy 4,413,194 104 661 42,970
7 lucean 3,315,830 85 552 39,113
8 whyuhefftobmad 3,025,890 73 625 42,389
9 violatorj7 2,985,308 115 449 26,492
10 dvorakmax 2,983,992 99 460 30,647

If you participated but didn’t make it to the top 10, you can still check where you stand in the full list of scores here!

Lottery Results

There were 442 participants who completed at least 10 races and thereby became eligible for the random prize drawing. We have conducted the drawing and compiled a list of contenders ranked by lowest lottery number. Over the coming days we will be emailing the contenders individually, in that order, to offer prizes while supplies last.

Disclaimer: Being on this list does not guarantee a prize, since there’s a limited number of prizes available, and other restrictions as described in the contest details (for example, we can’t mail books and T-shirts outside the United States).

Lottery # Racer Points earned Avg. WPM Races completed Words typed
1 darrive 59,983 74 13 822
2 hysteria111 47,806 54 12 894
3 bookspinner 60,971 91 10 678
4 tetsuro 128,423 92 18 1,393
5 bostikforever 56,254 71 10 801
6 kreuzfeld 40,676 69 11 594
7 weirdokeren 50,718 70 13 731
8 ruddy_dvorak 85,775 31 58 2,750
9 altobeast 64,470 93 11 712
10 crocket101 1,972,292 91 353 21,967
11 kiethuynh 49,485 72 11 702
12 prusswan 59,302 76 10 767
13 teddylie 283,365 104 41 2,752
14 billyluck 107,792 69 24 1,559
15 busey 95,751 65 19 1,476
16 diogop 51,441 86 12 634
17 maniaklord 35,384 56 11 640
18 vin_man101 81,602 70 20 1,194
19 muchtypewow 126,998 91 22 1,410
20 lindeman 56,694 80 11 709
21 buuvinhpro 60,147 77 10 784
22 asbah1 783,609 59 215 13,599
23 _faya_ 34,901 50 11 735
24 cosmonaut 238,858 93 45 2,567
25 inoahlot4 67,480 103 10 659
26 hifreeo 90,806 74 17 1,248
27 himanshujaju 95,168 68 25 1,407
28 azxuy 99,618 113 21 921
29 pieman353 68,614 90 11 772
30 gktek 1,032,565 114 143 9,122
31 effort0208 108,514 61 27 1,767
32 mrcizzo 49,857 101 10 503
33 kevinlizarraganunez 19,594 33 11 614
34 cyberwire 47,975 101 11 476
35 pshy0 610,701 79 129 7,715
36 kat198135 232,021 104 43 2,241
37 filaval 41,787 53 12 785
38 parlai 185,135 118 25 1,574
39 wasilsiddiqui 60,306 76 14 804
40 mayo_tp01 290,667 84 52 3,434

Feedback

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated in this contest!

Please do let us know how you liked it and whether you’d be interested in more contests like this by leaving a comment:

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Win Prizes in TypeRacer’s First Official Book Contest

Posted on April 28, 2014. Filed under: Book Reviews, Contests |

Introduction


A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of attending a book talk by author Daniel Isenberg on his new book called Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013).  I was intrigued by the title, since I too, many years ago after I finished my degree, embarked on a mission that many, including my family and friends, would have seen as worthless, impossible, or stupid: to create the world’s first online multiplayer typing game, instead of pursuing a career as a software engineer at a stable company.  Although I can’t claim that I’ve created anything like the kind of “extraordinary value” that the book describes (many of the companies profiled by Daniel grew from a small founding team, little funding, and against the odds, into large, very profitable companies), I hope that Typeracer did provide some extraordinary value to the millions of visitors who have raced hundreds of times on our site over the years, increased their typing speed, made new friends, and hopefully discovered some really great books, movies, and songs from typing the quotes I selected.

Daniel conveyed some fascinating stories from around the world during his talk, but I have to admit that my mind was mainly preoccupied by two specific thoughts: 1) that I’m not a very good entrepreneur compared to these guys, and 2) that people who write books spend lots of time on the road promoting their work to very small groups of people: speaking, signing autographs, and giving away T-shirts in basements of bookstores (or in this case in the kitchen at the Cambridge Innovation Center), while, it occurred to me, they could be reaching a much larger audience by placing their book quotes on typeracer.com and sponsoring a typing contest 😉

Feeling inspired to do something entrepreneurial and excited by the idea of procuring some sponsored prizes for the fans of typeracing, I approached Daniel at the end of the talk.  It turned out that Daniel is actually a fan of online typing games, since many years ago, even before I created Typeracer, typing helped him recover from a surgery.  Fortunately he liked the idea of sponsoring a book contest on Typeracer, and generously agreed to donate 3 hardcover books, a bunch of T-shirts, and some cash, towards prizes!

Contest Details

We’ve created a customized typing universe for this contest (follow this link), which works just like the main typeracer.com site, but contains only quotes from the book Worthless, Impossible and Stupid, hand-picked by the author. Beginning on May 1st, 2014, you will be able to race there just as you would on , by clicking on “Enter a typing race” to be matched up with random opponents or “Race your friends” to race against people you invite.  The only difference is that racing in this customized universe will make you eligible to win prizes based on the points you’ve earned.

There are two ways to win prizes in this contest: one will require just a bit of luck, and the other will take some skill and effort.

  1. Complete at least 10 races in the contest universe between May 1 and May 31, 2014 using your Typeracer account.  You will then be automatically entered to win your choice of either a hardcover copy of the book, a T-shirt, $15 cash2, or a free Typeracer premium membership for a year. Some restrictions apply.1
  2. Earn the most points in the contest universe between May 1 and May 31, 2014.  We will be using a new point-based scoring system here: you will earn points equal to the total number of words you typed, multiplied by your average typing speed.3 This scoring system is designed to give everyone a chance to compete for prizes: you can beat faster typists by completing more races.  The points will be calculated on June 1st, 2014, and the top 3 finishers will receive cash prizes: $50 for the first place, $30 for second, and $20 for third place.2

We will publish a list of the winners here on June 1st.  The author of the book will be participating as well, so if you see him racing, you can try to beat him on his own quotes!  We’re looking forward to racing with you!

– Alex E.

Update (May 1, 2014): We have adjusted the point metrics for #2 to count the total number of words typed rather than the total number of races, to eliminate an unfair advantage that could be gained by selecting the shortest quotes to type.

Update (June 2, 2014): The contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who participated!  We are currently tallying up the results and selecting the winners, who will be notified by email. We’ll publish the results here soon too!

Update (June 6, 2014): The results have been announced in this post!

Notes

  1. Due to the high cost of international shipping, we can only ship the books and T-shirts within the United States, but everyone is eligible for the other prizes.  We will conduct the lottery on June 1, 2014, where each contestant who has completed 10 races there will be assigned a random number.  We will be contacting the winners (starting with number 1, then 2,  and so on, to offer you a prize, while supplies last; since we have a limited number of T-shirts, we cannot guarantee that your size will be available).  The number of prizes available is as follows: 3 books, 3 cash prizes of $15, 3 premium memberships, and 10 T-shirts.
  2. The prize money will be transferred to your Paypal account, so you must have access to a Paypal account to be eligible for the cash prizes.
  3. We use the convention of 1 word = 5 characters for English text. Cheating (by using any program, script, or anything else) will disqualify you from this contest.
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