Sorare Football (Soccer) Blockchain Cards Available on OpenSea: A Look at the Growing Secondary Market for this Popular Blockchain Fantasy Football Game!
by R.A. Rowell
Sorare is a fantasy football (soccer) blockchain game built on the LOOM blockchain network. The Sorare marketplace for their soccer blockchain cards has been very active. Each week, they release limited edition, serial numbered digital blockchain cards from a new soccer team. These cards can be used in setting up a 5-man fantasy team usable in weekly prize-supported fantasy soccer leagues. Some cards are rarer than others, and the rarer they are, the higher multiplier of fantasy points for that real-life player that card gives you.
Being blockchain non-fungible tokens (NFTs), these cards aren’t just playable in the Sorare weekly fantasy leagues, but they even gain experience points that allow them to level up as they are used! This gives them additional value if you decide to sell them later. They aren’t just static collectibles, which is what digital collectibles need to have in order to gain value. The scarcity certainly helps the cards build value, and having the #1 card of a print run is extremely valuable, too!
Big news for Sorare came on January 13th, 2020 when it was announced that Sorare cards could be released to the open Ethereum blockchain. Sorare crypto trading cards have since become available on popular Ethereum NFT marketplace OpenSea. While the market hasn’t yet developed much on OpenSea as of this writing, it’s still very early.
The best, most valuable card available on OpenSea as of 1/18/2020 is a unique one-of-one Vincent Kompany card. It last sold for 1.75 ETH on 7/26/2020. A couple bids were placed on it in August, but both were withdrawn. Several other cards are traded hands, but it’s not many.
But, on Sorare’s own marketplace, plenty of bids are being placed and cards are actively moving. This makes sense, as the best players and the rarest cards won’t be leaving Sorare since managers want to actually play with them! However, the option to send them to the Ethereum blockchain where you can sell them on a secondary market is a great option to have.
So, who’s been hot on the Sorare Transfer Market in-game marketplace?
Club Atletico de Madrid’s star forward Joao Felix had his first card (out of 100 copies) sold for 0.522 ETH (about 80 euros/$90 USD) on 1/18/20. The second card out of 100 sold for 0.439 ETH (about 68.5 euros/$76 USD). Considering that Felix is a player who managers will prefer to roster rather than flip, it’s possible the copies of his cards that do hit the market will quickly gain value. $80 to $90 for a single blockchain card gives you a good idea of what even just a Rare a card for a strong player can fetch thanks to the weekly leagues.
Atletico de Madrid had even better sales results for the Super Rare cards, with goalkeeper Jan Oblak leading the sales at 2.29 ETH/361.20 EUR/$400 USD. Following him were midfielder Koke (1.32 ETH/208.20 EUR/$231 USD), defender Renan Lodi (1.045 ETH/164.83 EUR/$183 USD), forward Alvaro Morata (1.028 ETH/162.18 EUR/$180 USD), and defender Kieran Trippier (0.707 ETH/111.52 EUR/$124 USD). These cards offer a 14.4 fantasy points multiplier and are numbered to just 10 copies. Hat tip to @blockchainYNWA on Twitter for this info!
On the Manager Sales section, cards are listed for as little as 2 euro and as much as 500 euro for unique cards. We wish we had more exact sales data to share right now, but Sorare’s marketplace doesn’t have a recently sold section. What we can say is that there’s plenty of activity with Sorare: according to DappRadar, in a 7-day period between 1/11/2020 to 1/18/2020 there were over 4,400 transactions on Sorare with a volume of over $16,000. That’s about $3.60 (3.24 EUR) on average. Cards are moving on a regular basis every other day. So, if you’re trying to get into the game, you can choose from a wide array of player cards and invest as little as $20 for your starting 5-man antasy team.
If you’d rather start off with brand new cards, a five-card pack costs 30 euro or an equivalent amount of Ethereum ETH. Also, if you sign up today, as a new manager you can choose your first five players FOR FREE! If you haven’t played Sorare yet, sign up at Sorare today for free and check it out!
My first starting five consists of these five common cards: Mike Maignan (goalkeeper), Silas Gnaka (Defender), Carlos Soler (midfielder), Landry Dimata (forward), Marco Kana (midfielder). I just joined my first rookie league. Let me know what you think of my picks and who you chose to start your team (or who you are already playing!)
We’re looking forward to the continued growth and development of the Sorare game! Stay tuned to the Digital Collectibles Journal for more news and analysis of the Sorare soccer blockchain card market.
Check Out the Ethereum Powered Fantasy Action RPG Built on Unreal Engine 4 by Lucid Sight!
From the makers of Crypto Space Commander and MLB Champions Crypto Baseball comes a fantasy action RPG built with Unreal Engine 4, Cryptic Conjure! The presale for in-game items - which exist as ERC-721 non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and ERC-20 tokens - has already begun as of January 2020. Of course, this means players will have full ownership of their digital assets, which can then be traded freely on any Ethereum asset marketplace.
What do we know about Cryptic Conjure so far? There are a few things we can gather from their home page. Apparently, information about the in-game world is very valuable, and it can actually bring you an economic advantage. Basically, secrest are going to be a part of the in-game economy. That should be very interesting.
Another unique part of Cryptic Conjure is that through resources and loot acquired through playing the game can be used in crafting unique spells. These spells can then be sold for a profit in ETH. The best players can probably derive a substantial side income from this, and we’ll be keeping an eye on just how profitable it can be.
The last major feature we know about Cryptic Conjure so far is that while the game is being developed by gaming industry veterans, the game is going to be heavily influenced by the community. The players are going to have a strong say in the game’s development, which while not unique is certainly a big step when it comes to a game of this scale!
Is Cryptic Conjure a game you’re looking forward to? We certainly are!
by R.A. Rowell
The developers at Immutable have watched their trading card game Gods Unchained explode in popularity. Certainly the PR gained from supporting Hearthstone players vocal about the Hong Kong protests was a major boost. But, the game has blown up mostly on its own merits. The Hearthstone like card game is fairly easy for TCG experts to learn and offers a relatively easy learning curve for newcomers.
The real draw beyond its free to play options - which big name online TCGs like Magic the Gathering Arena and Hearthstone already have - is the chance to earn actual assets on the blockchain. Gods Unchained promised an in-game marketplace, which has since launched, where players have true ownership of their cards and can trade them freely. MTG Arena and Hearthstone don't do that.
Yes, Magic the Gathering Online has long allowed you to freely trade assets within its platform. There are then workarounds to turn those assets - through the use of cleverly programmed chatbots - that allow you to turn them into PayPal cash. But those assets only exist on MTGO. Gods Unchained cards are true ERC-721 non-fungible token assets that exist on the Ethereum Blockchain - true crypto collectibles. These non-fungible tokens can be bought and sold separate of Gods Unchained on non fungible token marketplaces like OpenSea.
To say the Gods Unchained Marketplace has succeeded is an understatement. The marketplace generated over 500 ETH in transactions in its first few hours. Now, Gods Unchained has greatly surpassed former ETH transaction leader MyCryptoHeroes on OpenSea. Of course, seeing this sort of activity from a GAME with literally millions of assets being deployed and so much Ethereum and so many tokens changing hands, you wonder how sustainable it will be.
Unfortunately, sustainability may have nothing to do with the game itself, but the very blockchain it has committed to.
Is the success of Gods Unchained sustainable on the Ethereum Blockchain?
Unfortunately, the success of the in-game marketplace may be tempered by a larger problem with the Ethereum network. The problem emerges from high congestion days on the network which lead to high transaction fees, known as "gas" fees which have spiked as high as $30 per transaction. For their part, the Gods Unchained team does its best to lump transactions into as few actual Ethereum transactions, as possible. But it should be noted that many of the congestion issues come from other ERC-721 NFT transactions and DeFi (Decentralized Finance) movements. In particular, a recent drop in the price of ETH triggered many automatic liquidation requests.
Of course, you can't have a trading card game like Gods Unchained (or any popular Decentralized App, really) with the threat of such outrageous transaction costs. It will be interesting to see how the network evolves to counteract these congestion times. Gods Unchained itself may not be the reason, but if Immutable has to eat fees like that to operate, there's going to be problems.
Trading card games on other blockchain networks such as Steem and TRON haven't experienced these issues. Of course, those games haven't reached the popularity of Gods Unchained, but those networks are known for their superior scalability. It makes you wonder how sustainable massively popular games can be on Ethereum, which has been a worry for quite sometime. It's certainly now becoming a legitimate concern.
Do you think Gods Unchained will inevitably succeed on Ethereum? The game has already committed to the network. But will it eventually outgrow Ethereum and have to migrate elsewhere? Time will tell. But, for now, Gods Unchained is succeeding in what it was meant to do - become a massively popular trading card game. Let's hope the evolution of the Ethereum network can catch up.
An In-Game Gun from Dissolution Sells for $2,400 - What's Next for Blockchain Gaming Digital Collectibles & Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs)?
by R.A. Rowell
In 2019 alone, the blockchain gaming world has been a news maker, especially thanks to the high-dollar sales of various NFT's (Non-Fungible Tokens) usable in actual gameplay. The Digital Collectibles Journal has commented on thousands of dollars worth of Ethereum changing hands for playable digital items in Crypto Space Commander and F1 Delta Racing. Now, another notable sale as been made, a $2,400 gun - a "God Tier" called the MAR-4 "Wrath of Seth." It comes from the Enjin-backed Steam shooter game Dissolution, as chronicled by the excellent blockchain gaming blog Nederob.
What's particularly interesting about this sale is who bought it. While the buyer has remained anonymous, the blockchain has identified some interesting aspects about the purchasing party. According to Nederob, the buyer was a Binance cryptocurrency trader who made a point of transferring 20 ETH to a new Ethereum wallet which was used to bid on the Dissolution item. The bidding ended at 13.3 ETH, but clearly, the bidder was willing to spend more on this unique item.
Why is a Cryptocurrency Trader Buying In-Game Digital Collectibles Interesting?
Cryptocurrency traders have been buying Non-Fungible digital collectibles for awhile. That's because they are useful as storehouses of value. Just like traditional collectibles are often treated as part of an investors portfolio, so can Non-Fungible Tokens. What's interesting about this transaction is less the number - which is significant - but the reason for which it was purchased. Because in-game digital collectibles have actual utility, they have value beyond the simple value of the cryptocurrency used to purchase them.
Very early on in the development of the Digital Collectibles Journal, I foresaw not just gamers getting in on digital collectibles. Of course, the cryptocurrency trader may have intentions of using the item as intended. But, clearly the purchase was made as an investment, banking on the growth of the Steam shooter Dissolution.
But the item was part of a "God Tier" auction. So, it represents more than simply a piece of in-game gear. It gives the owner custom animations, particle effects, and sound effects forever imprinted into that gun. It's a unique In-Game status symbol, not just a gun.
The original auction page has since disappeared on OpenSea. It appears So, it will take some digging to learn more. But, Dissolution is certainly a game of interest to us when it comes to digital collectibles. More to come on the fate of this "God Tier" item and other high priced Dissolution collectibles.
by R.A. Rowell
For digital collectibles enthusiasts like myself, Mintable.app is a godsend. It allows you not only the ability to display and interact with crypto collectibles you already own, but also an easy way to mint your own! Previously, you had to know how to code NFTs (non fungible tokens) along with smart contracts and deploy them yourself. Mintable gives you a way to do all that easily without you having to code anything. You can even create your own Non-Fungible Tokens in bulk, drastically cutting down on the transaction fees (know on Ethereum as gas) usually related to minting. The fee is only $1 a piece, and currently you can bulk up to 40 tokens at a time.
The Digital Collectibles Journal became aware of Mintable through a news feature involving their Mintable's new partnership with Jetcoin Institute. Jetcoin is working on tokenizing up-and-coming talent in the sports and entertainment business. They already have a "Jetcoin Champion" by the name of May Myat Noe, a supermodel superstar on the rise. Using their platform, Jetcoin is working to serve as a launchpad for the careers of many up and coming sports and entertainment stars.
These blockchain-powered digital collectibles are different from your traditional collectibles in that they are tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain. These tokens use the ERC-721 smart contract protocol which has become a standard for blockchain collectibles. It's the sort of token used for CryptoKitties, Gods Unchained trading cards, and more.
While NFTs are still a tiny percentage of the collectibles market overall, they are quickly on the rise. They may not have the appeal among traditional collectors that say autographed sports cards and vintage baseball cards do. But, to many young forward-thinking investors, due to their immutability and provable authenticity, they are the future of collecting. The market cap of NFTs as collectibles is expected to grow into the billions within the next decade or so.
Many people are aware of the volatility of cryptocurrency and how one crypto coin can go from zero to a lot of money and back to zero in a hurry. But, with NFTs on established blockchain networks like Ethereum, EOS, TRON, and Steem, you can invest in crypto without taking on the risks of the native crypto coins. Now, with Mintable, you can essentially create your own crypto collectibles at will for a very small fee with zero programming knowledge. Of course, being on the massively popular Ethereum blockchain, you can freely trade them as you wish. This includes selling them on popular blockchain collectibles marketplaces such as OpenSea.
The Jetcoin partnership is just one high-profile example of what Mintable is setting out to do with their token creation platform. Now, any content creator can create their own tokens, either as a way to raise funds, create unique collectibles, or both. Of course, digital artists can use this platform to easily deploy their crypto art. Game developers can now more easily mint and deploy in-game items, too.
Mintable is going to be a revolutionary force in crypto collectibles, making it easier than ever to create NFTs for the world to enjoy. Certainly, we will see many more partnerships with Mintable to help bring the platform more exposure. With a growing, bullish market for blockchain collectibles, there’s going to be plenty of demand for what this platform offers. Imagine memorabilia for sports and entertainment being bought and sold from your phone, which is what teams, bands, and media companies are now able to do for a fairly low cost. At the end of the day, Mintable is a platform that will change the landscape of digital marketing forever.
How would you use the Mintable.app platform?
by R.A. Rowell
Thanks to a follow from their Twitter account, I discovered KnownOrigin.io, a marketplace for original digital artwork from top digital artists and illustrators. Using the Ethereum blockchain, buyers can collect their favorite pieces knowing that the work is one of a kind and a true digital asset. Digital artwork has been gaining more of a market on the blockchain, and KnownOrigin has plenty of artists with excellent works on offer.
The great news about KnownOrigin is that you can purchase items from the marketplace with either ETH (Ether cryptocurrency) or with a credit or debit card. So, if you're short on crypto, no worries! You can make offers on pieces you like for as little as 0.01 ETH or just few US dollars. Of course, you'll need an Ethereum wallet to store your digital artwork as non-fungible tokens, but many great and easy options exist for that. (I use Enjin Wallet on mobile and MetaMask on PC.)
Another cool feature of the KnownOrigin site is you can see the latest activity on the site, which is updated every 5 minutes. This shows you when a listing is created, a bid is placed or refunded, or if a price change occurs. That's a really nice feature of decentralized blockchain collectible marketplaces: transparency.
How Popular is KnownOrigin.io?
KnownOrigin began in early 2018 with just a concept and it took off quickly. The KnownOrigin project began with a simple concept: "Can we use the power of Ethereum blockchain and the integrity of digital assets in the art world to improve the proof of ownership, provenance, authenticity, and reducing forgery of artwork?" It was a success, deploying to the Ethereum mainnet in April 2018.
As of late October 2019, KnownOrigin has about 10 to 20 daily active users (DAUs), peaking at about 5 ETH in daily trading volume. The user base is slowly growing. There's been a lot more steady trading activity lately in the second half of 2019. Pieces appear to be trading hands daily. As the investment interest in digital artwork grows, I'm sure that volume is bound to increase!
If you like collecting digital artwork, definitely go check out KnownOrigin. It seems like a great way to get started in crypto collectibles, since you can use your favorite fiat currency (such as the US Dollar or Euro) by credit/debit card to purchase. If you’re a digital artist, it could be a great way to be compensated for your work. This is definitely a cool project and one the Digital Collectibles Journal will be happy to follow.
Have you ever bought and sold digital artwork on the blockchain?
DappRadar Adds Tracking for EOS and ERC-20 Non-Fungible Tokens - With Other Ethereum and TRON Blockchain Token Tracking to Come!
by R.A. Rowell
If you're into blockchain gaming and Decentralized apps (DApps), you definitely want to follow DappRadar. This website tracks the daily and total volume of the native crypto currencies used by DApps on several blockchains, as well as those DApps user bases. Currently, DappRadar tracks the blockchains for ETH, EOS, TRON, IOST, LOOM, ONT, Thundercore, and VeChain.
In mid October 2019, DappRadar added full non-fungible token tracking to its EOS DApp tracking. This is important since many apps use tokens based in their native cryptocurrencies, especially blockchain games. The results yielded a wealth of information about EOS based DApps.
Of course, the information isn't just limited to games. One of the biggest discoveries from the addition was actually related to NeoDex, a decentralized digital assets trading platform. Previously, DappRadar had tracked $1.8 million in EOS transaction volume per day. That's impressive, but with the new non-fungible token tracking, it was discovered that the platform generated an additional $1.6 million in token-based transactions daily. That's a huge jump.
Why should blockchain gamers care about the trading volume of non-gaming DApps? The health of other apps on your favorite blockchain is important. Also, knowing which tokens are trading with significant volume is important for digital collectors more interested in the crypto itself than the actual games.
Of course, the DApp token tracking did reveal information about EOS-based games such as Prospectors and EOS Knights. Since Prospectors uses PGL and not straight EOS, its transaction volume wasn't shown. But, as of this writing, we now see PGL gets about $3000 worth of transaction volume a day. That doesn't sound like much, but it's pretty good.
What's most exciting is that this full token tracking will soon be rolled out for Ethereum and TRON based DApps as well. They added ERC-20 non-fungible token tracking in November 2019. DappRadar will then be able to provide even more insights on the true health of various DApps. This transparency is one of the true hallmarks of blockchain technology. If you want to see how well, or not well, a particular DApp is doing, you can always find out. Kudos to the DappRadar team for bringing all this information to the mainstream!
Head on over to DappRadar and find your favorite DApps and see how they are doing! You may be surprised by what you find!
by R.A. Rowell
While digital collectible bobbleheads aren’t a new thing, what MLB Champions, the crypto collectible fantasy baseball game, seems to be an exciting development. Talk about crypto collectibles becoming a permanent part of gaming has been widespread, but MLB Champions is the first mainstream example that we’ve seen of this not only being well executed, but also successful. These MLB digital collectibles are likely just the beginning of fantasy sports meeting crypto collectibles on the blockchain.RSS Feed
Here’s an article from Stansberry Pacific from April 2019, where the author boasts about the potential triple digit percentage returns he could realize from a Shin-Soo Choo bobblehead that he bought through the MLB Champions marketplace.
The link in the article doesn’t properly link to the Shin-Soo Choo bobblehead that the author mentions (it links to an Oakland Athletics player Luis Barrera). But, it doesn’t take long to see that there is a very active market on MLB Champions. Choo did, in fact, have a decent MLB season, but for a fairly poor Texas Rangers team. (When I find the Shin-Soo Choo, I'll let you know how it performed on the market.)
With a buy-in as low as $5 for some diamonds with which to buy packs, it’s not at all expensive to get started with these MLB digital collectibles. The best part is that MLB Champions has its own marketplace if you end up with players you don’t want. Even commons can sell for $5, meaning you can recoup your investment very quickly. Yes, you do need an Ethereum wallet to make trades or send gifts to other players, but it’s becoming less complicated every day (I use Enjin Wallet and MetaMask, personally).
Of course, my favorite thing about MLB Champions - besides that it’s made up of digital bobbleheads that accumulate the stats of their real-life counterparts and can earn you rewards - is that you have true ownership of the bobbleheads you acquire. They are unique collectibles with various attributes and rarities, stored on the Ethereum blockchain as non-fungible tokens. For me, it seems like a very low entry for a potential very high return - very possibly the triple-digit percentage type returns that the Stansberry Pacific article boasts.
In fact, the 2018 version of the MLB Champions collectibles shot up from an average of $5 to $22 between just December 2018 and January 2019. So, if MLB Champions becomes even just a bit more popular, it could become a nice alternative to traditional sports collectibles such as sports cards. MLB Champions is a digital collectible game that I plan to play in the future. In any case, I’ll be keeping a close eye on these sports blockchain collectibles for the Journal. It seems to be a great way to get your feet wet in the world of Ethereum blockchain collectibles.
As of January 2020, the game is only available through the mobile app. Previously released bobbleheads had to be minted onto the Ethereum blockchain to be usable in the future. The game did come under fire from the handling of bobbleheads created through automation that was supposed to be against the terms of service but was for some reason allowed to happen anyway. (The thinking is that it was to make the game look more active than it really was.) However, the game is still moving forward and we'll be looking forward to the developments for the 2020 season.
Interested in collecting MLB crypto collectibles? Currently, you can find MLB Champions digital bobbleheads for sale on OpenSea!
More to come.
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R.A. Rowell is a collectibles enthusiast who comes from a long history of collecting trading cards in both sports and in Trading Card Games. He is passionate about educating the world about the future promise and benefits of digital collectibles, both on the blockchain and off.