Sports is one of the biggest and most popular video game genres on the market. In fact, many of the earliest titles were modeled on common disciplines like football, basketball, and motorsport. 

Those 1970s and 1980s games look very basic when compared to the ultra-realistic sports simulators on the market today, but they were cutting edge for their era and still often just as fun to play. 

Sports-based video games are popular among fans because they’re a way to feel closer to their favorite team or athlete. The interactive nature of games allows the player to step (virtually) into the shoes of the stars they see on TV and imagine what it must be like to do their job. 

Games aren’t the only way for fans to interact with their favorite sport. Another common choice is to bet on games, often through a mobile app. This is popular because it allows the bettor to challenge themselves by trying to forecast what they expect to see happen on the field. In the US, sports betting has become incredibly popular as new states begin to permit the practice on their territory. 

Just like how a gamer will play more than one title, bettors often choose to create accounts with multiple sportsbooks to take advantage of the different markets, odds, and features they have to offer. Many will also do it to take advantage of all the free bets that are offered by each brand. 

But while the sports betting market grows in size across the United States, gaming still remains a popular choice among sports fans. 

If you’re a sports lover with a penchant for gaming, then here are some of the best titles that are available to play on your Windows PC right now. 

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Football Manager 2022

Football Manager is the leading management game for fans of soccer. Unlike other franchises like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer, Football Manager is focused on the management of a club rather than playing on the pitch. 

While it may sound like it probably has a small following of die-hards that love studying the minutiae of soccer, Football Manager has a large fanbase. 

It is packed with a lot of detail though. First-time players will be both impressed and overwhelmed by the amount of information that they are presented with and how much they can control.

As a manager, you’ll be responsible for everything from player transfers to staff instructions, you’ll prescribe on-field tactics during games and create strategic plans for the long-term success of your club. 

Rocket League

Rocket League has been one of the biggest success stories in the video game industry in recent years. It combines arcade RC car racing with soccer, basketball, and hockey to create a whacky but fun gaming experience. 

You’ll drive your car around the pitch, launching a ball or puck long distances as you attempt to score a goal. 

Rocket League also has cross-platform functionality so you can compete against your PlayStation pals and Xbox buddies. 

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Pro Skater 2 were two of the biggest games of the late 1990s and early 2000s. They combined the perfect mix of punk and hip-hop tunes, cool skateboard tricks, and a sense of freedom that few games offered at the time. 

Despite being a huge hit, the genre has been mostly ignored by video game developers over the last 20 years. So a remastered version with all the classic skate parks and the original pro skaters (plus some new faces) mixed with modern graphics made the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles a must-have for players. 

Unlike some remasters games that mostly only appeal to existing fans of a franchise, the new versions of these classic Tony Hawk titles have gone down a treat with those old enough to have played the PlayStation versions as well as those who are getting to enjoy them for the first time.