Soccer Trading Cards and Fantasy Soccer Come to Blockchain Gaming - Fantasy Football on the Blockchain!
by R.A. Rowell
Stryking and FC Bayern Munich have come into a partnership to create digital collectibles based on the top German football team’s star players. Stryking was recently purchased by Animoca Brands, who seems bent on acquiring licenses to create licensed digital collectibles from every major brand on the planet they can. In particular, stryking.io is eyeing other major sports leagues and clubs to create “a global platform for blockchain-based digital collectibles centered around popular sports licenses…”
While this is hardly the first partnership to create NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) on blockchain technology of star sports players, it’s one of the first to feature the world’s most popular sport of football (known to us Americans as soccer.) Already, American sports leagues such as Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have licensed their own digital collectibles. Like with the MLB and NBA collectibles, these blockchain cards will be usable in a fantasy game called Football-Stars. Also, they will offer their owners true asset ownership and can be freely traded.
With the backing of one of the world’s top football clubs, Football-Stars appears poised for success. According to the CryptoNinja’s article on the Stryking football NFTs, players will create virtual lineups which they pit against other users. Then, based on either historical or real-time results, these blockchain cards can gain value based on the depicted players’ success. Then, these cards can be sold on the in-game marketplace. It’s like mainstream fantasy sports now, but you can profit from the results of your players right away.
Unsurprisingly, Stryking isn’t alone in bringing football trading cards and fantasy football to the blockchain. In fact, there’s already someone ahead of them..
Sorare’s Fantasy Football Game Backed by Gaming Giant Ubisoft
Gaming giant Ubisoft and DLT (blockchain) tech firm Sorare are working on their own official football cards, too. Like the Stryking game, these cards are usable in a fantasy football game, too. They are limited edition blockchain collectibles freely tradable among players. In fact, Sorare’s fantasy football game is already licensed by nearly 30 football clubs as of this writing. It’s in open beta and dozens of other football clubs are expected to join the game, too.
Sorare’s game is fairly simple. You build a team of five players and they earn you rewards based on their weekly performance. Also, players can earn bonus points based on the “power” of their individual blockchain cards. It appears to be a hit game already among football fans. With the worldwide appeal of football, there’s a chance for this game to be a massive mainstream success. That’s likely why Ubisoft got involved and brought Sorare into its Entrepreneur Labs program.
This author has believed from the beginning that fantasy sports built on blockchain trading cards would be a major key in helping blockchain gaming go mainstream. Stryking and Sorare look to be clear frontrunners in helping blockchain fantasy sports to become a worldwide phenomenon.
Sorare clearly has a leg up on the competition with their gaming giant backing. But with all of the major licenses that Animoca is buying up, you can’t count them out, either. These are going to be exciting projects to watch, especially with Stryking and its parent company Animoca Brands eyeing other major sports for their platform, too.
Are you a believer in blockchain fantasy sports? Which leagues or teams are you excited to see join the trend?
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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.