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We have set up matches, friends, clans, and ways to store data. Let's put them all together to display a leaderboard of top players to foster some competition.


Setting up the leaderboard

For each of the leaderboards we want to create, we run leaderboardCreate. This function takes in several parameters:

  • The ID/name
  • Boolean for if the leaderboard is authoritative (if yes, then only the server is allowed to update the leaderboard)
  • Sort order (SortOrder.ASCENDING or SortOrder.DESCENDING)
  • Operator to aggregate scores
    • Operator.BEST: Always taking the best score submitted
    • Operator.SET: Always taking the latest score submitted
    • Operator.INCR: Adding submitted scores to the total
  • Reset schedule, which is a CRON expression or null for a leaderboard that never resets
  • Metadata to store within the leaderboard

For Pirate Panic, we set up a global leaderboard that shows the best high score of all time from all players:

const id = "global_leaderboard";
const authoritative = false;
const metadata = {};
const scoreOperator = nkruntime.Operator.BEST;
const sortOrder = nkruntime.SortOrder.DESCENDING;
const resetSchedule = null;
nk.leaderboardCreate(id, authoritative, sortOrder, scoreOperator, resetSchedule, metadata);

Now the leaderboard is ready to accept new records.

Adding to the Leaderboard

After every match ends we will record the player scores to the leaderboard. Whenever a match is over the client sends an RPC request to the server to handle end-game behaviors:

interface MatchEndRequest { // Create a structure to align the payload to
    matchId : string;
    placement: MatchEndPlacement;
    time : number;
    towersDestroyed : number;

const rpcHandleMatchEnd: nkruntime.RpcFunction = function(ctx: nkruntime.Context, logger: nkruntime.Logger, nk: nkruntime.Nakama, payload: string): string {
    ... // Add gems to wallet, calculate score, etc. etc.
    let request : MatchEndRequest = JSON.parse(payload);
    let score = calculateScore(request.placement == MatchEndPlacement.Winner, request.towersDestroyed, request.time);
    nk.leaderboardRecordWrite(globalLeaderboard, ctx.userId, ctx.username, score);

How you want to calculate the score is up to you and the mechanics of your game. You could take into account who won, how long it took to win, or how many towers they destroyed like we did in this example. All of this information is passed into the payload from the client.

Once a score is calculated, we pass it as a number into leaderboardRecordWrite along with the user ID and the username to display, and the leaderboard engine will take care of the rest.

In addition, it's possible to do this on the Unity side using WriteLeaderboardRecordAsync.

Listing leaderboard records

Now that the server is set up to handle new leaderboard records, let's make a way for players to view what's stored on the server This is done on the client-side using ListLeaderboardRecordsAsync:

[SerializeField] private int _recordsPerPage = 100;
public async void ShowGlobalLeaderboards(string cursor = null)
    // Fetch all records from the leaderboard "global"
    IApiLeaderboardRecordList records = await _connection.Client.ListLeaderboardRecordsAsync(_connection.Session, "global", ownerIds: null, expiry: null, _recordsPerPage, cursor);

    SetLeaderboardsCursor(records, ShowGlobalLeaderboards);

For the example above, SetLeaderboardsCursor might look like:

private void SetLeaderboardsCursor(IApiLeaderboardRecordList records, Action<string> caller)
    if (records.PrevCursor != null) {
        _prevPageButton.interactable = true;
        _prevPageButton.onClick.AddListener(() => caller(records.PrevCursor));
    } else {
        _prevPageButton.interactable = false;
    if (records.NextCursor != null) {
        _nextPageButton.interactable = true;
        _nextPageButton.onClick.AddListener(() => caller(records.NextCursor));
    } else {
        _nextPageButton.interactable = false;

Here the list of records returned by ListLeaderboardRecordsAsync comes with two functions, a PrevCursor and NextCursor, which each grab the previous or next page of records (if such a page exists).

By binding these functions to buttons, we can allow the player to browse records easily. Both PrevCursor and NextCursor abide by the records per page as set in the original ListLeaderboardRecordsAsync call, and will update the records object to hold the next page of records.

To actually display these records, we can use a foreach loop over each record in records:

foreach (IApiLeaderboardRecord record in records)
    string username = record.Username;
    if (localId == record.OwnerId)
        username += " (You)";

Each record holds a Username, OwnerId, Score, as well as any other custom fields stored in the optional metadata.

Filtering leaderboards

We can also filter out the global leaderboard to see how our friends or clans are doing.

In the previous section we left ownerIds as null since we wanted to get all of the entries. Now, we can use this parameter to get only the entries with certain owners.

For example, we can get all of our friends using ListFriendsAsync:

var friends = await _connection.Client.ListFriendsAsync(_connection.Session);

We can then extract all of their user ID's and store them into a list:

List<string> ids = friends.Friends.Select(x => x.User.Id).ToList();

Finally, we can pass in the ids list into the filter, and only the users in that list will be displayed in the records:

IApiLeaderboardRecordList records = await _connection.Client.ListLeaderboardRecordsAsync(_connection.Session, "global", ids, null, 1, cursor);

Here, we're fetching records from the same leaderboard (global), but now passing in ids as ownerIds and setting the number of records per page to 1.

A very similar process can be done to filter the leaderboard to only show scores from members of your clan:

var users = await _connection.Client.ListGroupUsersAsync(_connection.Session, _userClan.Group.Id, null, 1, null);
IEnumerable<string> ids = users.GroupUsers.Select(x => x.User.Id);

IApiLeaderboardRecordList list = await _connection.Client.ListLeaderboardRecordsAsync(_connection.Session, "global", ids, null, 1, cursor);

Further reading

Learn more about the topics and features, and view the complete source code, discussed above: