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Wie Is De Mol: a stable application that serves 1.000.000 players

For the immense popular TV show “Wie is de Mol?” we developed an iOS and Android mobile app, next to a scalable Back-end platform which could serve a million users at once.

Services
Back-end platform development, server scaling, metrics, iOS and Android mobile app
Release date
2020 - 2021
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One of the most popular reality game shows on television in The Netherlands is public broadcaster AVROTROS’ yearly hit “Wie is de Mol?”. Currently an of average 2.5 million viewers watch the show. For the 2020 & 2021 seasons Elements developed a new Back-end platform and a new mobile app.  

In order to handle the extreme high peaks of traffic influx before, during and after broadcasts of the show, the Back-end platform is fully optimized and scalable. The project was directed by AVROTROS who worked in close collaboration with Elements, WeRiot and Praegus.

Result

20% increase of app users

With the new features and expended social media functions we realized an 20% increase of app users in comparison to 2019. At the moment 1 out of 3 viewers uses the Wie is de Mol? app.

High scalability to a million users

To guarantee a functioning app during a Saturday evening episode the new Back-end is scalable to a million users at once. This way all the users can vote for their ‘mol’ and see real life statistics.

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Technology

High scalability, performance management and flexibility

Over time, AVROTROS encountered a massive growth of user participation in the app and traffic on the platform. The growth and success of the app caused that the app was not always available for all users the past year.

Elements teamed up with partner WeRiot as they are specialists in data management and really love this kind of data challenge. With their flexible Catasta product, they were able to crack the code and deliver a scalable, flexible and high-performance solution.

This scalable Python Back-end comes with dashboards who show us real life statistics about the users of the app and the app performance. During the broadcasting of the show, we improved the app every week using the data from these dashboards.  

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The Wie is de Mol? App

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Conclusion

Wie is de Mol? in your pocket

The new season of Wie is de Mol? is starting again in 2022. Last season we reached nearly a million users and the app ranked number 1 in both the App Store as the Play Store. At the end of the first week the app could be downloaded, already 815.000 users registered and over 300.000 groups were created. We can’t wait for next season to begin!

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