Using Custom Segment Query Filters

This tutorial shows you how to create custom segment query filters and use them in a real-life scenario. Segment Query Filters allow you to create queries from custom variables set by you. For this tutorial, we'll create a skill variable for our players and create a Segment Query Filter that allows us to customize the player's experience based on their skill.

Creating the Skill Variable for Player

For this step, we create a number variable within the player's scriptData and name it skill. To do this, we use Cloud Code attached to an Event:

Spark.getPlayer().setScriptData("skill", 3);

Creating the Custom Segment Query Filter

1. Go to Configurator>Segments.

2. On the Segment Queries tab, click the Segment Query Filters button.

3. Click to Add a new custom Segment Query Filter.

4. Click to Save the new custom Segment Query Filter:

Creating the Segment Query

We'll be creating a Query Segment to track high-level players. This Segment Query will then be available for use throughout the platform.

1. Go to Configurator>Segments.

2. On the Segment Queries tab, click to Add a new Segment Query.

3. Give the Query a Short Code, Name, and Description.

4. Configure a Query Rule and use the custom Segment Query Filter that we created above:

Segmenting a Virtual Good using the Segment Query

We'll be using Virtual Goods as an example of how to apply our Segment Query that uses a custom Segment Query Filter. Because our player is an expert, we're going to award them better items in the bundles they get when they buy Virtual Goods:

1. Go to Configurator>Virtual Goods.

2. Add two new Virtual Goods:

The other details of these Virtual Goods are not important for this tutorial.

3. Add a third Virtual Good and call this one lootBox. This is the Virtual Good that we'll segment:

4. Click to edit the lootBox Virtual Good:

5. Click the Segment button at the top. The Segment Configuration panel opens.

6. Click to Add Segment.

7. In the Segment Query drop-down, select the skillSeg_Expert query that we created earlier.

8. Enter the alternative Virtual Good values you want for the high-level players that satisfy the Segment Query rule of having a skill level equal to 3:

9. Click to Save and Close the segmented Virtual Good:

Testing your Segmentation in the Test Harness

Before testing your segmentation of a Virtual Good, ensure your segmentation is set up correctly. Check the following:

"scriptData": {
    "skill": 3
  }

Note: If you do not see this, you can run the Event you've attached the Cloud Code to for creating the player's skill variable.

To test your setup:

1. Go the the Test Harness and authenticate a player - one with the skill variable in their scriptData.

2. Use the BuyVirtualGoodsRequest to purchase the segmented lootBox Virtual Good using Currency 1, 2, or 3:

Conclusion

Segment Queries can be used in many other areas in the portal to customize the experience of players who satisfy the rules you have set up for a particular segmentation query.

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