It’s game-on for greyhound racing fans following the launch of a new virtual canine concept. Owlerton Greyhound Stadium has teamed up with the Steel Minions Game Studio at Sheffield Hallam University to commission a group of Game Software Development and Game Design students to create the simulation game.
Hosted on Owlerton Stadium’s website, it gives users the chance to beat the bookie and place bets on a selection of cartoon-style dogs using virtual money. Those at the top of the leader board at selected times of the year will win prizes including free drinks at the stadium. Dr Jacob Habgood, senior lecturer and studio manager of the Steel Minions Studio said: “It’s been a great project for our students to work on over the last six months and the finished product looks fantastic.
“Owlerton has a proud history and sporting heritage in Sheffield so we were delighted to team up with the stadium for this innovative new customer experience. “Our students are extremely talented. They have released PlayStation® games in the past but this is one of the first commissioned projects the studio has been involved in. It’s great that organisations like Owlerton invest in local talent.”
John Gilburn, managing director, Owlerton Stadium, said: “We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to engage with our customers and this game is a fun concept offering customers the chance to win some great prizes.
“Sheffield students are the future of this city which is why we chose to commission the young Games experts from Sheffield Hallam to deliver this project. They have done a fantastic job and we hope customers enjoy playing the new game.”
To celebrate the launch of the new game, the player at the top of the leader board at the end of May will win a 6 Pack prize for four people.
To play the new game visit owlertonstadium.co.uk.