The Covid crisis has seen the unlikely return of one of the past times of the 1970s – Spot the Ball is back. For millions of football fans watching live games, and with people stuck at home during the lockdown. , the 21st-century version of the classic competition has already gained a cult following online.
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In its seventies, Spot the Ball was played by around three million people a week, all chasing the £250,000 jackpot.
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Interest in a spot the ball waned after the introduction of the National Lottery in 1994, but the new online version of the game has been given a new lease of life thanks to modern technology.
The concept is the same as Spot the Ball in its heyday, however, advances in technology mean the competition has been completely overhauled using the latest pixel technology.
Punters can pay between 25p and £50 to enter depending on which prize they choose, which ranges from £1,000 to £25,000.
There are also many other jackpots including luxury watches, holidays, a flight in a Spitfire, and an F-Type Jaguar.
The return of Spot the Ball is an innovation from the brains of Balls Out based on Kent – but it’s not just a replica of the classic back-of-the-paper game.
Optimized to give players more control than ever before while playing the game – from selecting the prize they want to win, zooming the image to placing their shot markers incredibly Minute detail, up to full acquisition. A results email at the end of the contest showed them how close they were to the winning coordinates.
Players can play the game on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone and get the same experience across all three.
The platform has been built from scratch by Balls Out, working with another Kent company – Kayo Digital, based in Sittingbourne.
It is completely customized and is a success story of working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic – progress meetings were held entirely remotely via video conference in the final months of the project. And with the demo.
Co-founder Ollie Simpson said: “Many people will remember sitting with their grandfather and playing spot the ball when they were kids.
“We have launched the 2020 version of the game as modern technology and online gaming breathe new life into the classic spot-the-ball format.
“Since we launched we have seen an increase in online players, many of whom are stuck at home without a game and are looking for something fun to do during the lockdown.
“Our prizes are real and winners are guaranteed in every contest, which runs for two weeks.”
As with the original contests from the 1970s, the new Spot the Ball entries will be judged by a panel of experts to decide what the winning coordinate is.
They include Tottenham legend Ossie Ardells and former England star Terry Butcher.