Virtual sports games offer industry best practices. The games are very engaging and well received by the players. Still, some stars are shining brighter and Greyhound Races, Virtual Football League and Virtual Horse Races are the most popular virtual sports games.
Virtual sports betting games have established themselves as engaging content across channels. If you google virtual sports, you might often find results like: “Virtual sports fill the gap between sports seasons.” But these games are more than just a fill episode in bettors’ settings, whether land-based or online. Just a quick look at the games available in the market explains a lot about their popularity.
Features and technology behind virtual sports betting
Technologies like motion capture have taken virtual sports betting to another level. The ability to record the movement of objects and people and display it in a virtual world was a game changer in the film industry and in gaming. Bookmakers are no exception to the content they create in this niche. Virtual football, basketball, tennis and horse racing are just as exciting and vivid as real games and races. The games use dynamic camera angles, commentary and cheers to maintain the flavor and increase the excitement expected of real tournaments. The markets available are the same or very similar to the betting options that sportsbooks offer.
How reputable game providers are is shown by the fact that we can find games created in cooperation with real sports federations.
RNG driven games
RNG drives virtual sports betting. A random number generator (RNG) and predetermined odds determine the virtual betting results. The RTP (Return to Player) rate depends on the type of race/sport and the available markets.
Virtual sports betting is not exclusively CGI
Virtual sports betting using real footage instead of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is just as attractive if not more popular than animations for some racing games – dog racing, for example. NSoft offers two dog racing games – Virtual Greyhound Races with CGI and Greyhound Races that use real footage. Although the mechanics of the game and the betting markets are identical, players are more engaged with the game that includes videos of real races. This trend applies to almost all countries where our two games are available regardless of the distribution channels.
The three best virtual sports games
NSoft offers nine virtual sports games in its virtual sports betting catalogue. The games cover the most popular racers and sports in the industry. Most of them are available for all channels including mobile apps and devices. Offering industry best practices, the games are highly engaging and well received by players. Still, a few stars shine brighter, and Greyhound Races, Virtual Football League, and Virtual Horse Races are NSoft’s top 3 in terms of ticket count. This is also in line with the betting industry in general.
NSoft offers two dog racing games. The one with real footage has always been the first choice of operators and gamers. The game is available for retail, online, mobile apps and betting terminals. Greyhound Races game combines the best of both worlds: an exciting, recorded race and RNG running in the background. The bettor has multiple markets to choose from: which of six dogs on the course will win, who will be winner and runner-up, the first three dogs to cross the finish line, and more.
The game also shows a race track diagram during the race visualization. At the end of the race, the game features still fire right ahead of the race results for that lap.
The game is enriched by the statistics showing the results of several previous races and the statistics of the dogs per market.
Virtual Football League
The world’s most popular sport is football, followed by basketball and cricket. Soccer has the largest fan base, so it’s no wonder that the virtual soccer prediction game is also popular with players. In terms of the betting experience, no one questions the primacy of real deals and betting on your favorite football club in any major league. Still, virtual soccer comes close to that kind of excitement. Although virtual sports betting is generally a type of betting on computer-simulated sports and events, the outcomes of the games are determined by RNG software, which is also used for casino games or betting on virtual numbers. The virtual soccer betting game has retained a sports betting flair.
The game is fast-paced, runs 24/7, games are not rescheduled because of rain, and players are enjoying the opportunities the game offers in terms of markets and availability.
At NSoft, the number of tickets in May 2022 was 18.5% higher than in December 2021. Several competition formats are available within the Virtual Football League provided by NSoft. The sweepstakes is available for web, mobile app and retail.
Virtual Horse Racing
The mechanics of the game Virtual Horse Races are the same as in the dog races. NSoft horse racing features eight competitors in a virtual hippodrome. The punters have six market options to choose from. The round duration is configurable and can be shortened, especially for the online channel and mobile app game versions.
Honorable Mention: Virtual Penalty Shootout
Virtual Penalty Shootout is the first NSoft game developed with mocap technology. NSoft’s in-house team has developed a showdown between the goalkeeper and the penalty taker. The one-on-one game offers goal and no-goal bet types with multiple betting options.
What else virtual sports betting has to offer
Virtual sports betting continues to grow. It certainly won’t surpass the sportsbook or casino content that takes 1st and 2nd place in popularity respectively, but it’s undoubtedly the one that’s here to stay. Motion capture technology, CGI combined with live filmed environments to provide a realistic and immersive racing experience, or the use of real life footage has enhanced players’ experience and popularized the virtual sports betting games.
Most providers offer customization options to allow operators to tailor the scenery to their preferences and meet customer expectations. If the country’s most famous clubs have white-blue and white-red jerseys, it is almost certain that the virtual soccer ball or penalty kick will also wear these mentioned colors.
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