Professional gaming site - Only the BEST need apply!

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Experience Level: Intermediate
Looking for a top designer to deliver a high quality, fully fuctional professional gaming site. Professional gaming on Consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 are growing fast. This is a relatively untapped market in Europe which is why we wish to undertake this project. We currently run a site with over 10,000 users and we've had many requests to set-up such a site.

The project is technically split into a design phase (we want the best looking - yet fully featured site in the game!) and a programming phase. We currently have a site which has been designed in Photoshop but it will require adaptions and additions along the way (Screenshot attached). We're after someone who has serious Artistic flare and a "feel" for gaming sites. Previously experience isn't essential but is preferred. You should be an expert in
Photoshop
Illustrator
Flash
Various other apps

+ at least 4/5 copies of your best work to date to show us.

This project is to deliver a site that will compete with http://www.gamebattles.com. The site should have the same full fucntionality that gamebattles which include:
Image headline system
News system
League system
Ladder system
Profile system
Team profile system
Forums
Tickets and support


Some additional features are also wanted. These include and are not limited to:
Betting system which allows users to place bets on matches which take place. Users will pay for points, for example £10 = 1000 points. You bet these points and if you win, you earn points. These can then be redeemed for premium memberships, store products or money.
Pay to play service. The majority of the tournaments we will run will be free. However there will be some P2P tournaments. People will need to be able to buy points to compete in these tournaments via Worldpay / Paypal. This system needs to be put in place. At the end of the tournament, the winning teams will then get a share of the overall points from all entrants minus our fee for administration and running of the tournaments.
Advert system. Most of our funding is going to come from sponsorship. We want a system where we can fully control our ads if possible. For an example.
Dr. Pepper pay us for premium ads at peak times.
Madcatz pay us for ads at off-peak times.

We'd like a system that automatically changes the adverts set to certain catergories. So the Madcatz ads display until 5pm and thereafter they auto switch to Dr Pepper's adverts. These adverts need to feature on all of our pages.

This is all to be run from a CMS which will be developed by you. This must be simple to use and flexible with updates during the future as it is more than likely we will grow and expand into additional areas. The CMS can be totally custom or heavily modified open-source platform if you feel it will fit our needs.

Our aim is to have the core site delivered within the next 1-2 months to begin adding content to the page (May be additional work for data entry).

There WILL be ongoing work with this project, so this is an excellent opportunity to deliver first time and be rewarded with loyalty and ongoing work. It's key to us that we build a solid relationship with our partners as we expect the best and that works both ways.

Payment has been marked as hourly, but we're open on fixed price bids as well and may list a seperate listing for fixed price.
English must be 4+
Must be easily contactable
Creative
Design flare
Gamer would be benefitical

Do NOT send me generic cover letters. We won't treat you as "Just another designer" so we expect the same. We're here to build relationships as well as a business.

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