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NSoft’s three most popular virtual sports games



NSoft’s three most popular virtual sports games
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Virtual sports games feature industry’s best practices. The games are highly engaging and well-accepted by punters. 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 channels. If you google virtual sports, you might often find results like: “virtual sports are filling the gap between sports seasons.” But these games are more than just a filler episode in the betting operator settings, whether land-based or online. Just a quick look at the games available on the market explains a lot about their popularity.

Features and technology behind virtual sports betting
Technologies like motion capture have brought virtual sports betting to another level. The possibility to record the movement of objects and people and render them in a virtual world was a gamechanger in the movie industry and gaming. Betting suppliers are no exception for the content they create in this niche. Virtual football, basketball, tennis, and horse races are as exciting and lively as real-life matches and races. The games use dynamic camera angles, commentary, and crowd cheering to keep the flair and boost the excitement expected from the real tournaments. The available markets are the same or very similar to the betting options that sportsbook offers.

Just how serious game suppliers are states the fact that we can find games created in partnership with real-life sports associations.

RNG driven games

RNG drives virtual sports betting. A random number generator (RNG) and given odds determine the virtual betting results. RTP (Return to player) rate depends on the type of race/sport and available markets.

Virtual sports betting is not exclusively CGI
Virtual sports betting using actual footage instead of CGI (Computer-generated imagery) is equally attractive, if not even more popular than animations for some race games – dog races, for example. NSoft offers two dog racing games – Virtual Greyhound Races featuring CGI and Greyhound Races, which use real-life footage. Although the mechanic of the game and the betting markets are identical, players engage more with the game that features videos from real-life races. This trend goes for almost all countries where our two games are available regardless of the distribution channels.

Top three virtual sports games
NSoft offers nine virtual sports games within 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 terminals. The games feature industry’s 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 according to the number of tickets. This is also in line with the betting industry in general.

Greyhound Races
NSoft offers two dog racing games. The one featuring real-life footage has always been operators’ and players’ first choice. The game is available for retail, online, mobile app, and betting terminals. Greyhound Races game combines the best of both worlds: exciting pre-recorded race and RNG running in the background. The bettor has several markets to choose from: which dog, out of six on the racetrack, shall win, who will be the winner and the runner-up, the first three dogs to cross the finish line, and more.

The game also shows a racetrack diagram during the race visualisation. At the end of the race, the game features still shoot right before the race results for that round.

The game is enriched with the statistics showing the results of several previous races and the statistics on the dogs per market.

Virtual Football League
The most popular sport globally is football (soccer), followed by basketball and cricket. Football has the biggest fan base, so it’s no wonder that the virtual football betting game would also be popular among punters. In terms of betting experience, nobody questions the primacy of real deals and betting for the favourite football club in a major league. Still, virtual football is close to that kind of excitement. Although virtual sports betting generally is a type of wagering made on computer-simulated sports and events, the outcomes of the games are determined by an RNG software that is also used for casino games or virtual numbers betting. Virtual Football betting game has kept a sports betting flair.

The game is fast-paced, runs 24/7, the matches won’t be rescheduled due to rain, and the punters enjoy the possibilities the game offers in terms of markets and availability.

At NSoft, the number of tickets in May 2022 was 18.5% higher compared to December 2021. Several competition formats are available within Virtual Football League provided by NSoft. The betting game is available for web, mobile app, and retail.

Virtual Horse Races
The game mechanic in the Virtual Horse Races game is the same as the one used in the dog races. NSoft’s horse races feature 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.

Honourable mention: Virtual Penalty Shootout
Virtual Penalty Shootout is the first NSoft game made using 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 betting types with several betting options within.

What else Virtual sports betting has to offer
Virtual sports betting continues to grow. It certainly won’t surpass the Sportsbook or Casino content, holding 1st and 2nd position respectively in the popularity, but is undoubtedly the one that is here to stay. Motion capture technology, CGI combined with live filmed environments to give a realistic and immersive racing experience, or usage of real-life footage has elevated the players’ experience and popularised the virtual sports betting games.

Most suppliers offer customisation options so the operators can adjust the scenery to match preferences and meet the punters’ expectations. If the most famous clubs in the country have white/blue and white/red jerseys, it is almost certain that the virtual football or penalty kick will also feature those mentioned colours.

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November



Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November
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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”


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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games



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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions



Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions
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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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