Fantasy Teams and Fantasy Leagues have been part of the lives of many sports fans for decades, with entire videogames such as the Football Manager series being built around the concept. Developer ePlay Digital are now looking to give the idea a 21st Century makeover by introducing augmented reality.
The AR title will feature cartoonish replicas of famous sports players, such as Basketball stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James, with the option for fans to take selfies with the AR facsimiles, a feature that has been offered by several other apps.
“They would encounter that player, be able to greet the player, walk around the player, take a selfie with the player,” ePlay CEO Trevor Doerksen told SportTechie, “I think it’s pretty important, these facial gestures, these meaningful moments.”
The ultimate plan, however, is significantly more ambitious, is a fantasy NBA league where players will appear at semi-random locations and can be encountered by players in an attempt to lure them to play for their fantasy team, using mechanics similar to Pokemon Go.
“We started thinking,” Doerksen said, “‘What would the Candy Crush player want out of sports? What would the Pokémon Go player want out of sports?’”