Before Metaverse, virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR) started to change our lives and affect various fields, such as fashion and education. The changes, effects, and improvements that emerge with the help of VR, AI, and AR began to shape through Metaverse in a good way. The impact of Metaverse in a lot of fields is considered, but we specifically focus on the impact of Metaverse on sports at the moment. Let’s learn the ways Metaverse can change sports together!
Four Effects of Metaverse on Sports
Amazing sports-viewing experience
As you know, Metaverse contributes to the gaming and entertainment industry properly, and we encounter the contributions when we are dealing with events and games in the virtual world. Like gaming and entertainment, Metaverse creates a new sports world for us!
A lot of people love watching sports competitions, especially football matches and basketball games. Generally, people get help from their internet connection, mobile devices, and televisions to watch a sports competition. Now, it is the turn of Metaverse for presenting sports competitions! With the help of the virtual world, individuals can participate in sports competitions virtually via their avatars, and they can be both watchers and sportspersons. After being a person in a sports competition, they can encounter their favorite players, and they can meet with them. For instance, a person can encounter her/his favorite football player in Metaverse, and s/he can take photos and talk with the player. Hence, we can say that dreams in the world of sports come true with Metaverse! In addition to these situations, individuals can get the chance of going to distant sports fields without going out; they can encounter a 360-degree view of popular stadiums in Metaverse, and they can zoom in & zoom out, replay the competition, and choose slow play mode for gaining great audience’s experience.
The chance of exercising and training
The second impact of Metaverse on sports can change the lives of sporters. In Metaverse, sporters can have training and exercise on their sports branch virtually. Generally, for exercising and training in Metaverse, individuals get support from virtual reality equipment. For instance, some Formula 1 drivers can utilize VR goggles for reliving a past driving experience and focusing on significant points of the experience. With the help of the technology, sporters can prepare themselves for future sports competitions and develop their sports skills in Metaverse. In addition to sporters, other people can do exercise and dabble in their favorite sports by utilizing Metaverse and other technologies, like VR and AR.
Selling digital sports products
For dealing with Metaverse, we should create our avatars and travel with the avatars for participating in various events. The creation process of an avatar is easy, but selecting proper clothes and accessories is not that simple. In other words, individuals pay attention to how their avatars look in the digital world, as in real life. Because of the circumstance, they spend a lot of time for buying something in Metaverse, and the ‘something’ can be a sports product. Metaverse’s users can buy virtual sports products, like a soccer ball or athletic socks, to show their favorite sports branches and digital style. Hence, Metaverse is switching the selling and buying process of sports products and providing people with the chance of encountering virtual sports things and changing their avatars’ appearance with the things.
New marketing strategies for popular sports brands
In the real world, we encounter various sports brands, such as Nike and Adidas, and these brands present their products in a good way, thanks to their marketing strategies. Before the existence of Metaverse, sports brands consider ‘concrete’ marketing strategies while they are developing their marketing strategies with the help of Metaverse at the present time. For example, sports brands prepare digital sports products and sell them in Metaverse. Furthermore, they can create virtual events for Metaverse, and people can deal with sports and interact with each other via the events. The activities of sports brands in Metaverse can be seen as successful marketing strategies because the popularity of the brands increases in both Metaverse and the real world. Therefore, we can say that Metaverse provides sports brands with unique marketing applications that build a bridge between the virtual world and real life.
To summarize, VR, AR, and AI support Metaverse, and the backing develops the virtual platform. With the developments in Metaverse, a lot of fields can take form in a good way, and sports is one of the fields. In other words, Metaverse makes sportspersons, sports fans, and sports companies happy via its unique properties.