Soccer simulation games: the hype explained

Both free and paid soccer simulation games are all the rage right now. With the growing ease of smartphone gaming and online desktop gaming, soccer games too have gained momentum. But why do so many soccer fans enjoy playing soccer simulation games when the television is streaming matches every day? Let’s find out what motivations are behind the hype of soccer simulation games and see whether they’re here to stay.

Mimicking the real deal

For everyone who’s ever dreamt of becoming a professional soccer player, football simulation games are the next best thing. Not because they offer the true experience of physically playing, but because of the fact that generally the entire game is based on real life soccer data. This means you’re able to interact and engage with statistics, odds and other data surrounding your favorite teams and players, simulated in an online game.

By using a soccer API, soccer simulation games are able to connect real data to fantasy leagues, matches and players. Users have never been closer to actively playing and managing a team of their choice. Moreover, this experience enhances the connection with real life soccer; when one of your fictional team’s players is not performing in real life, it has a direct consequence on their in-game performance as well. People have thus never been more engaged with soccer as it directly affects their own gameplay!

Offline to online

Bringing offline performance to the online arena means to allow regular soccer enthusiasts to play matches, join leagues and get competitive with other players around the world. Thanks to the interconnectivity of the internet as well as the accurate data provided by a platform’s API, players are able to immerse themselves into their fantasy soccer games as if they were real.

The fact that soccer knows various leagues in different countries and on varying levels means there’s always new data to draw from. The ongoing excitement, based on expectations, predictions and more, is what fuels the success of soccer simulated games most of all. And given the ever advancing technology, it can be assumed that fantasy games only become more cutting-edge. Perhaps a screen-only experience soon turns into a full body experience as virtual reality is getting increasingly accessible to the general public.

What’s next?

We can only speculate as to what soccer simulation games may pose next. However, we can safely say that they’re far from being outdated. Just as soccer will remain one of the most popular sports around the world, accompanying simulation games will piggyback on this success and become more and more advanced – inevitably gaining position within the competitive realm of sports.

Now that e-sports too are gaining traction, we’re curious to see whether it will ever level with the popularity of real life soccer. In any case, the fact that e-sports are accessible to anyone works to their advantage.