With COVID-19 canceling most sporting events in the world, pro athletes turn to esports and video games to satisfy their thirst for competition. Soccer players are playing tournaments on games such as Pro Evo and FIFA.
In the world of video games, the best players don’t need to know how to play sports well in real life. However, things are changing as the coronavirus prevents athletes from doing what they love best. They turn to video games to play sports.
For instance, Sergio Reguilon of Sevilla and Borja Iglesias of Real Betis played FIFA after the Seville derby was canceled. More than 60,000 people watched the pro football players slug against each other.
Pro Athletes Playing Video Games
It was an exciting virtual derby between Seville and Real Betis. The game ended 5-5. However, Iglesias scored a golden goal winner in extra time using his video game version. After the game, he posted on Tweeter that he hoped fans enjoyed the game and made their lockdown more enjoyable.
According to a sports wagering site, Watford simulated their game against Leicester on Football Manager. The simulation ended in a 1-1 draw.
Based on sports betting odds sites, teams in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division named one of their players each to participate in an esports tournament to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. One of the stars to play in the online event is Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne.
League Two team Leyton Orient created an online tournament called Ultimate Quaranteam, with players coming from different clubs worldwide. It is a fundraiser for the English Football League. The league announced that it would provide emergency support to clubs during the time of crisis.
There’s no basketball betting at the moment with the NBA suspending its season. However, professional basketball players are turning to NBA 2K20 for their daily basketball fix. F1 races might be canceled, but Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen was competing against other drivers in an all-star race Sunday.