Virtual sports games feature industry best practices. The games are very engaging and well accepted by bettors. Still, some stars shine 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 all channels. If you search on 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 filler episode in the settings of the betting operator, whether land-based or online. A simple look at the games available in the market says a lot about their popularity.
Features and Technology Behind Virtual Sports Betting
Technologies such as motion capture have taken virtual sports betting to another level. The ability to record the movement of objects and people and play them back in a virtual world has been a game-changer in the movie and gaming industry. Betting providers are no exception for the content they create in this niche. Virtual football, basketball, tennis and horse racing are as exciting and lively as real matches and races. The games use dynamic camera angles, commentary and crowd cheers to keep the flair alive and drive the excitement expected of real tournaments. The available markets are identical or very similar to the betting options offered by sportsbooks.
The seriousness of the game providers indicates that one can find games created in partnership with real sports associations.
RNG Driven Games
RNG drives virtual sports betting. A random number generator (RNG) and given odds determine the results of virtual bets. The RTP (Return to player) rate depends on the type of race/sport and available markets.
Virtual sports betting is not exclusively CGI
Virtual sportsbooks using real images instead of CGI (computer-generated images) are 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, which use real images. Although the mechanics of the game and the betting markets are the same, players are more engaged in the game which offers real racing videos. 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 catalog. The games cover the most popular racers and sports in the industry. Most of them are available for all channels, including mobile apps and terminals. The games feature industry best practices and are highly engaging and well accepted by punters. Still, some stars shine brighter, and Greyhound Races, Virtual Football League, and Virtual Horse Races are NSoft’s top three by ticket count. This also fits the betting industry in general.
NSoft offers two dog racing games. The one that features real images has always been the first choice for operators and gamers. The game is available for retail, online, on mobile apps and at betting terminals. Greyhound Races game combines the best of both worlds: an exciting pre-recorded race and a background RNG. The bettor has the choice between several markets: which dog, out of six on the racetrack, will win, who will be the winner and the second, the first three dogs to cross the finish line, etc.
The game also shows a circuit diagram when viewing the race. At the end of the race, the game features always fire just before the race results for that lap.
The game is enriched with statistics showing the results of several previous races and statistics on dogs by market.
Virtual Football League
The most popular sport in the world is football (soccer), followed by basketball and cricket. Football has the largest fan base, so it is no wonder that the virtual football betting game is also popular among bettors. In terms of betting experience, no one questions the primacy of real offers and betting for the favorite football club in a major league. Yet virtual football comes close to that kind of excitement. Although virtual sports betting is usually a type of betting made on computer-simulated sports and events, game results are determined by RNG software which is also used for casino games or virtual number betting. The virtual soccer betting game has kept a sports betting flair.
The game is fast-paced, runs 24/7, matches will not be rescheduled due to rain, and bettors enjoy 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 in the Virtual Football League provided by NSoft. The betting game is available for web, mobile apps and retail.
Virtual horse racing
The game mechanic in the Virtual Horse Races game is the same as used in dog racing. NSoft Horse Racing features eight competitors in a virtual racetrack. Bettors have a choice of six market options. The duration of the round 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 NSoft’s first game made using mocap technology. NSoft’s internal team developed a confrontation between the goalkeeper and the penalty taker. Head-to-head play offers goal and non-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 overtake Sportsbook or Casino content, occupying the 1st and 2nd position respectively in terms of popularity, but it’s definitely 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 footage has enhanced the player experience and popularized virtual sports betting games.
Most providers offer customization options so that operators can adjust the scenery according to preferences and meet the expectations of bettors. If the most famous clubs in the country have white/blue and white/red jerseys, it is almost certain that virtual football or the penalty will also sport these mentioned colors.