Creating a Leaderboard

Introduction

Leaderboards are typically restricted to tracking and reporting the leading players in a game. GameSparks Leaderboards offer you much more, both for tracking comparisons within your player pool and for controlling how comparisons are displayed in-game to the players:

In this tutorial, we'll go over the steps to:

Creating an Event

More Details on Events? For an in-depth guide on Events click here.

1. First, navigate to Configurator > Events.

2. Click Add. The Add Event page opens.

3. Enter the details for the new Event:

4. To add an Attribute to the Event, under Attributes, click Add.

5. Enter the details for the Attribute:

Event Attributes as Running Totals? You don't need to understand fully the concept of Running Totals for the purposes of this tutorial. Any Event that you create with an Attribute which doesn't have the Default Aggregation Type set to Used in Script will appear for selection as a System Generated Running Total when you configure a Leaderboard. For the Event Attribute in the current example, we set the Default Aggregation Type to Maximum because we want to track the highest score posted for your player in the example we're setting up. (You can learn more about Running Totals here.)

6. Click to Save and Close the new Event with Scorer Attribute. You are returned to the Events page where the new Event will be added.

Creating a Leaderboard

More Details on Leaderboards? For an in-depth guide on Leaderboards click here.

1. First, navigate to Configurator > Leaderboards:

2. Click Add. The page adjusts for adding a new Leaderboard.

3. Enter the details for the new Leaderboard:

4. Under Fields, click Add. Enter the details of a Running Total for the new Leaderboard:

Other Configuration Options? For this tutorial, all configuration options that are not listed can be left as default.

5. Click to Save and Close the new Leaderboard with Running Total.

Test Harness

When you've created your Leaderboard, navigate to the Test Harness. At this point, follow the steps you've used in the Authentication tutorial to create a second player.

1. Re-authenticate using your first player. The authentication tutorial used:

2. When this completes, you'll need to click on LogEventRequest and select the Leaderboard Scorer Event you created previously.

3. In the JSON builder, change the SCORER Attribute of the Event to 70 and click Send request. This will log an Event and, since the Event is attached to a Leaderboard, it will post a score into that Leaderboard. The player will then receive a NewHighScoreMessage indicating that their score has been updated in the Leaderboard:

4. Repeat this process for the second player, but this time entering a score of 75.

5. You can now validate that the Leaderboard has worked correctly, that our sorting has taken place, and that both player scores have been logged by calling a LeaderboardDataRequest, passing in the Leaderboard Short Code and the Entry Count.

Note: You will have additional JSON fields pre-filled. Simply remove these because they are not used in this tutorial. All you need is leaderboardShortCode and entryCount.

Listing Entries

To print out the entries of a Leaderboard or entries specific to a player, follow this tutorial here.

SDK Instructions

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