Sportradar To Bring Simulated Sports Betting Amid COVID-19 Shutdowns

  • Sports data company Sportradar created a Simulated Reality system for simulation sports betting.
  • This was created in response to the suspension and cancellation of sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Currently, the simulations will cover the top-tier football league matches across Germany, England, and Spain, but the hopes are to expand in other sports.

ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - Sports analysis and technology company Sportradar has officially launched Simulated Reality, a software that will simulate major sports games using teams record and statistical data to allow sports bettors to wager on the results.

This is created in response to the massive shutdowns of major sporting events like the many European football leagues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Currently, the system covers some of the biggest soccer leagues in England, Spain, and Germany, with plans to expand to other sports like basketball and tennis.

Simulated Reality

Virtual sports betting is not a new concept as the process of betting on simulations have been around for years. What Sportradar is hoping to do to separate themselves is use their expert catalog of data to enhance the experience.

Sportradar is pushing this technology after realizing their patrons' hunger for sports betting amid the coronavirus shutdowns. The lack of sporting events has left a major void in the industry.

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“We have listened carefully to our customers and the betting community who have made it clear there is an appetite for alternative means of betting during this time where this is a void in live sports action,” said Carsten Koerl, Sportradar CEO .

“Simulated Reality will give our sports betting partners seamless access to a highly unique product that is first to market at no extra cost and integration. As market leaders in the industry, we pride ourselves on our ability to quickly pivot our business strategy and redirect our resources towards delivering new and innovative solutions such as this.”

The games will run the full 90 minutes, same rules as real-world soccer and sports betting sites will host betting lines for the simulated games. Sports bettors will also be able to view the games in the programs live-action match trackers.

Simulated Reality will officially launch to Sportradar customers on Friday, April 3. The program will simulate the remainder of the current European football seasons and continue on to simulate games on their original date and kick-off time.