What is Stairways?

Stairways takes the classic idea of the game ladder and transfers it to the world of apps and smart phones. This is how it works:


  • A ladder is a ranking list containing all members of the ladder of a specific activity.
  • An activity can include any given activity as long as it is possible to establish a winner. Typical suitable activities can be tennis, badminton, golf, table tennis, squash, dart or billiards. Why not bridge, poker, scrabble, juggling, guess the intro, a quiz or fastest around the block? In fact, only your imagination limits the amount of activities.
  • Every player has a unique position in the ladder. A new entrant will normally start at the bottom of the ladder.
  • A player can challenge a player above him or her on the ladder. Normally you can challenge the three (3) players just above you, but this can vary depending on the ladder. If you are challenged you must accept the challenge, or you will be considered loser of the challenge.
  • The players agree mutually on where, when and how to execute the challenge.
  • The outcome of the challenge is immediately reported by the victor.
  • If the challenger wins the challenge he or she is moved to the position immediately above the challenged participant. If the challenger loses there will be no changes in positions.

The ladder tournament thus in all its simplicity becomes an interactive, self-balancing and continuous competition where the players always will face players of equal capacity and strength, regardless which position they have in the ladder.