Integration within Draft Kings, Hard Rock and Betr Sportsbooks, with more integration discussions in the works
Simplebet has microbetting markets integrated in major sportsbooks which allow users to bet on short moments of basketball and football games.
These markets consist of predictions such as “Will the next play result in a rush or a pass?” or “Will the next basket be a 2 or 3 pointer?”
TV broadcasts are suitable for sports bettors concentrating on long-term bets like predicting the match winner.
However, the high latency in these broadcasts pose challenges for micro bettors due to the shorter time available for placing bets, making it hard for them to accurately discern which play or moment they're betting on.
Use Simplebet’s low latency data feeds to power visual sports trackers
Partner with prominent sportsbooks and other sports media companies to purchase the tracker and integrate it into their products
I worked on these football and basketball trackers iteratively, focusing on getting workable designs ready for the start of college football and college basketball seasons. Football was the first sport to tackle, where I ideated on different directions to go with that would be clear and engaging to the user.
Football tracker brainstorming
We hypothesized that a game tracker embracing a "coaching mindset" would boost user engagement. I sketched out early concepts involved integrating a football player avatar, allowing users to follow plays like rushes or passes.
Collaborating closely with a Rive engineer, I created animated components in Rive that highlighted key plays that happen in football games. From this we made a prototype aimed to assess the potential impact of this approach on user engagement.
Football tracker V1
We tested the prototype with casual football fans by allowing them to place live bets during a football game while observing the gametracker. Additionally, we discussed initial designs with DraftKings, who showed interest in integrating a gametracker with their live bets in the sportsbook.
Basketball tracker brainstorming
As basketball season approached, I transitioned focus to the basketball tracker. Beginning with an audit of existing basketball widgets and Simplebet's collected data, I categorized plays needed for display.
Sketching various ideas, I created video prototypes tested on Usability Hub.
After iterative testing, a 2.5D basketball court concept emerged, showing successful and missed baskets, preferred by testers for its TV broadcast-like familiarity over an abstract approach.
High fidelity basketball tracker
With close collaboration with engineers, I animated the necessary assets for the tracker in Rive along with a player-centric free throw view, and created detailed documentation for engineers, managers and QA to follow. Additionally, I created short animated video clips for all the different plays we were covering to make it easier for engineers and QA to review each type of play or foul.
Football tracker V2
With V1 of the basketball tracker done, I utilized insights from its testing to develop a 2.5D football tracker. Featuring an animated ball, it aimed for clearer play depiction.
This updated tracker encompassed additional play types not previously collected by Simplebet. Pitched to Hard Rock Sportsbook, both basketball and football trackers garnered significant interest. Integration is underway with Hard Rock and DraftKings, with potential plans for collapsible versions in the pipeline.
Challenges & limitations
Managing a high volume of play types for multiple sports and variations between how professional and college sports rules work and creating comprehensive documentation
Adapting to a new design-to-development process with animations and Rive posed a learning curve
Earlier and rougher prototypes paired with testing can validate whether or not you're going in the right direction quicker