Omni-channel gaming software supplier Playtech has launched a new virtual tennis game following a year-long process of motion capture initiatives and 3D design and modelling work at Playtech Studios.

The company describes the game, Playtech Virtual Tennis, as being “as close to the real game as anyone has ever achieved.”

Creation of the game saw Playtech take over one of Warner Bros Studios’ largest film stages in the UK for three weeks, using more than 100 cameras to capture authentic images for its Virtual Sports content.

Playtech’s Virtual Sports team worked with professional sportsmen and women in competition conditions, using similar techniques and technology to that used for films such as Avatar, Godzilla and James Bond’s Quantum of Solace, in order to capture hundreds of hours of movement and footage.

“Our Virtual Tennis product is unlike anything the industry has ever seen and feels as if you are courtside watching a Grand Slam,” said Playtech’s head of virtual sports Elliott Norris.

“The team has done a phenomenal job and we’re delighted and incredibly proud of the results. The graphics are mind-blowing and we are the only company able to offer full sports simulations meaning that betting and gameplay are as realistic as possible.”

Virtual Tennis is available online, in retail, and on mobile and includes comprehensive lifelike action, pre-match betting markets, and realistic gameplay.

Playtech licensees can currently choose from a host of virtual sports including tennis, football, horse-racing, greyhounds, velodrome, and speedway, with basketball available later this year.

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