Is Virtual Reality The Next Evolution in Virtual Sports Betting?

Written By Grant Taylor-Hill on June 23, 2023 - Last Updated on February 23, 2024
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For years, the concept of virtual reality has been exploding in popularity. We’ve seen countless players enter the market, from Sony and Meta to Apple and HTC, and they’re all eager to secure the biggest slice of the pie as virtual reality becomes a much more mainstream concept. There’s one developing area of virtual reality that we’re keen to explore, and that’s the crossovers that are apparent between virtual reality and virtual sports betting.

From virtual stadiums to digital casinos, there are plenty of ways that virtual reality can fuse with the betting world, and it’s all happening right now. We’re witnessing a global transformation wherein users aren’t just sitting in front of a screen watching a virtual sport unfold, but they’re putting on a VR headset and effectively stepping into the action. They’re sitting ringside during a simulated fight, or in the case of esports, they’re in the game itself as a fight for survival is delivered.

And all the while, they’re placing some of the most immersive bets possible.

Virtual Becomes Virtual

For the most part, virtual sports betting has been growing in popularity over the years. It’s an alternative to traditional sports betting that’s offered by many of the best betting sites in the world, and owing to its always-online nature, it’s the category that never truly sleeps. As time goes on, virtual sports betting games are becoming more realistic, immersive, and lifelike, but there’s still room for evolution, and those next steps are found in virtual reality.

Let’s put it into perspective – you’re a gambler in a relatively remote region or you’re housebound and unable to travel to a sports venue, but you want that immersion. With an advanced virtual reality device, you can effectively plunge yourself into the centre of an arena, getting as close to the action as possible without the cost of purchasing a ticket or travelling hundreds – or thousands – of miles to witness an event.

From the comfort of your own home, you can tune in to virtual sports events with a VR headset, achieving a level of immersion that was never possible before.

Real-World Applications

It’s already happening, too – that’s the amazing thing.

There are digital casinos rooted in the metaverse that offer punters the ability to walk the casino floor, play virtual games and make real money from the comfort of a virtual reality headset. There are technology companies like Vertex looking to build VR-powered esports stadiums to serve one of the most progressive markets in modern betting. In terms of getting involved in these virtual games, EVA (Esports Virtual Arenas) has long been building a network of VR-powered experiences that put players in the midst of the action.

As we become increasingly digital as a society and VR technology becomes more accessible, opportunities like these will start surfacing like wildfire. Soon enough, virtual sports betting, virtual reality, and in-person betting will all combine and unite. Before long, we’ll be watching real-world sporting events through a VR headset, using virtual elements unfolding before our very eyes to track the event and places bets on the fly.

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Grant is a lifelong, multi-platform gamer with a passion for journalism and more than ten years' experience in the industry. He'll try any game once, and when he's not playing them, he's watching them, being as he is an avid esports fan.

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