Since hockey season is starting soon I decided to do some ideas on hockey and sport related Ideas. Food related ideas will appear in between don’t worry if that’s what you’re in for.
A while back, my friend convinced me to join a hockey simulated league. What is a hockey simulated league? It’s basically the equivalent of starting a season as a GM in EA NHL with a bunch of friends and all games are simulated instead of played. You and your friend you only play the GM side of things and your goal is to win the Stanley cup.
How it work
The owner of the league, or the commissioner as it was called needed a few things to get the game going. He needed to buy a tool that simulates the game and the season. I think ours was called (simont hockey simulator). This tool generates the page that the owner would update on the site of the league after each game.
There are other games like this, usually all it’s done on the app or site and the game is played daily. Members of the league can prepare their team for the next game.
The only unique thing I’ve found that none of these games do is the ability to load a roster from a year and start from there. Most can’t do it because the game needs the nhlpa license.
The other feature interesting in that kind of game that is not always implemented is trading players, probably because some could create fake accounts and make bad trades from their fake account to their real account. Since this was a managed league with players that mostly knew each other, we could do all those things.
Example of what already exist:
- Has a standalone game: Eastside hockey manager
- Web based: Senior Hockey league, football-gm.com
- Standalone game & web base: Soccer manager (soccermanager.com)
- Mobile: Hockey Legacy Manager, Hockey General Manager (make it so studio)
How to make money
From these games there seem to be a variety of ways that they make money. Some like to ask for a flat fee, others have ads in game, others have a subscription to update the roster, some use in-app purchases to customize the team or others have partners to promote other products.