In the tick-tock cadence of feedback we receive at MarketWatch, there’s this periodic refrain:
MarketWatch is rebuilding Virtual Stock Exchange — or VSE. It’s a refresh of sorts for one of the best stock-market simulation games out there. In the next few months, we will be introducing an updated version of the game that is mobile-first, as well as more instructional and social.
If you’re not familiar with VSE, it is a big part of MarketWatch. More than 300,000 users turn to the exchange each month. At any given time, you’ll find more than 30,000 games in play, fueled primarily by a youthful audience — unseasoned high school and college students learning about investing for the first time.
The coming face lift will be dramatic — an overhaul to our design and layout, an upgrade to the game’s infrastructure, tweaks to how the game works. That’s why we’re here: to give you a sneak peek of the changes. We want you to know what’s cooking and give you an opportunity to weigh in early.
We’re making VSE mobile-friendly. The pages will be responsive, providing you with a optimized experience for every screen size — especially on your phone.
We’re hoping to make VSE more social by introducing an activity feed where users can monitor everything happening in the game. You’ll be able to see a running ticker of who’s joined, game transactions, player comments and more.
We’ll be transitioning to a modern design that is more in line with the site’s new aesthetic.
We’ll be extending Watchlist to VSE so that users can build lists of investments they want to track, alongside their holdings.
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