extech's latest development of its Fantastic League virtual football game, Spot The Ball, will kick off on the Octavian Symphony platform (available in both Downloadable Games and Lottery Editions).
Spot The Ball is a new and unique multi-lingual football game that updates a universally recognised and proven betting format using the latest technologies. Using its groundbreaking, versatile Smart Stitch technology, Gextech is able to reproduce the complexity of team sports and replicate betting opportunities readily available in real football matches.
In Spot The Ball, realistic animated action sequences are played out on the playing terminal screen. The ball is passed from virtual player to player, as well as being deflected from its course by tackles and interceptions. The winning number is the square containing the ball when the action is randomly stopped. The game has an easy-to-use interface with all odds displayed. An on-screen betting panel allows customers to increase bets and select other betting options.
“We are delighted to have teamed up with Gextech and excited by the potential of Spot The Ball, “ said Harmen Brenninkmeijer, CEO of Octavian. “ There are many sports-based betting games but most are simple racing games which do not require complex probability analysis or detailed graphics. Spot The Ball uses the same core engine as Fantastic League. This populates a virtual stadium, adds fans and players and employs game rules that simulate realistic, second-by-second football match action.“
“We are excited to be working with Octavian as they have extensive experience of delivering game content on a broad range of playing terminals, and a wide range of land-based venues,“ added Peter Glancy, Managing Director of Gextech. “That knowledge, coupled with the scalability of Octavian's Symphony platforms, will enable us to quickly roll out Spot The Ball to a worldwide audience.“
With global interest in football set to increase in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Octavian says that the game, is generating high levels of interest amongst its customers worldwide.
Spot The Ball, previewed at IGE in January and due to be showcased at other major gaming exhibitions during 2009, is currently available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Cantonese and Mandarin.