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Fantasy football platform Sorare officially launches out of Beta in the UK as Paris-Saint Germain joins the platform

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Paris Saint-Germain, the 2020 Champions League Finalist, and Sorare, the global fantasy football game, has signed a partnership to create digital collectibles of PSG players making it the 100th club to join Sorare

The UK ranks 5th in terms of total number of Sorare users, and number one in terms of total time spent on the platform per user, a reflection of the country’s appetite for Fantasy Football

The announcement comes as a first step in Sorare’s ambitious plans to partner with leading football teams and clubs in the UK, as its revenue increased twentyfold in the last 12 months

As part of this partnership with PSG, Sorare will gain the rights for ‘legendary players’ from 2013, including David Beckham

Paris, September 29th, 2020​- Global Fantasy Football platform Sorare announces today that it officially launches in the UK, paving the way for significant partnerships with UK-based football teams

and clubs. Additionally, starting​ today and following PSG’s partnership with Sorare, collectors and gamers in the United Kingdom and elsewhere will now be able to freely buy, sell, and play with limited edition digital player cards of PSG players such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. This also includes historic players from 2013 such as David Beckham. Since its launch in early 2019, the platform has grown an average of 52% month on month, and today counts over 40​.000 users worldwide.

Through organic growth alone, the UK has quietly grown into Sorare’s 5th largest market in terms of user base, sustained by a 70% month on month user growth in the country. The UK is also ranked the number one market as far as time spent on the platform, with an average of 1h25 mins per day per user. Sorare’s organic growth in the UK is a reflection of the country’s appetite for Fantasy Football, with Fantasy Premier League reaching close to 8million users, and more than doubling in the last 4 years. Today’s launch comes in response to the significant user demand from the market, and serves as an additional step in consolidating Sorare’s plans to secure partnerships with leading teams and clubs in the UK.

Nicolas Julia, CEO at Sorare, said:​ “We​ are delighted to officially launch in the UK today, getting Sorare one step closer to closing game changing partnerships with major teams and clubs in the country. The​ European Fantasy Football market was estimated at close to USD 900M per annum1 in 2018, and expected to double in the next five years. Expanding into more European markets early on in our growth is a strategic step for Sorare both in terms of market acquisition and brand recognition with users, football teams, and investors alike. With the inclusion of PSG to the platform, football fans in the UK and elsewhere will be able to leverage their football knowledge to play as a strategic manager and compete for rewards with skin in the game. PSG fans will be able to join the economy of their passions in a way that wasn’t possible before Sorare’s global fantasy football.“

The company is using blockchain technology to​ create digital scarcity and establish who owns the digital card of a player at any given time. It creates a new level of trust and freedom for collectors. The cards are more than just collectibles: they are useful in Sorare’s global fantasy football game to compete every weekend and fight for the best rewards.

Paris Saint-Germain is embracing Sorare’s vision to become the go-to fantasy game to increase the enjoyment of live football. PSG fans will be able to play with their favorite footballers by using their cards in their team. The score of the player card will depend on the performance of the player in real-life, would it be a Ligue 1 game or a Champions League game.

Andre Schurrle, early investor in Sorare, said​: “Today’s​ UK launch is a major milestone for Sorare. Anyone remotely interested in football knows that the UK is home to some of the best teams and players in the world. I can’t wait to see Sorare announce UK Premier League teams and players in the coming months. Additionally, the inclusion of Paris Saint-Germain on the platform, a top division team in French and international football, is huge news for Sorare’s user base. As Sorare players know, the game is based on the real life performance of players, and from today, anyone on Sorare can purchase or trade cards from an outstanding team including world famous players such as Mbappe, Neymar and more. I stand behind Sorare’s mission to become the go-to platform for Fantasy Football and today’s announcement is yet another proof that the company is well positioned to execute on its objective.”​

PSG is joining 99 other football clubs from Europe, the United States, and Asia have partnered with Sorare to issue officially digital player cards, amongst them Juventus and Atletico de Madrid. Through these partnerships, Sorare is able to create the first truly global fantasy football experience. Fantasy players can create a lineup with a Ligue 1 midfielder such as Neymar, a Serie A striker such as Cristiano Ronaldo, a La Liga goalkeeper such as Jan Oblak and a Bundesliga defender such as Sven Bender.

The game was launched in March 2019 by two experienced entrepreneurs, Nicolas Julia and Adrien Montfort, that saw the potential of blockchain technology to create a new category in the sports gaming industry. Sorare has generated USD 1.5 million of revenues from the sale of cards across 60 countries in just over 12 months. It is ranked as the blockchain game with the most volume according to nonfungible​​.

Fabien Allegre, Merchandising and Paris Saint-Germain Brand Diversification, explains​: “Paris Saint-Germain is the new generation club. We are driven by our values of competitiveness. At the forefront of innovation, we are always looking ahead, looking to the future, to offer our fans new experiences. To constantly improve them, and to offer better coverage for our brand, Sorare will enable us to reach out to new, young communities, especially in Asia and America. We are proud of this new collaboration”.

See all licensed clubs on Sorare here.

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Fortuna Sittard Announces Plans to Launch Fan Token on Socios.com

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Fortuna Sittard, in partnership with fintech blockchain company Chiliz, has announced the plans to launch a $FOR Fan Token on the blockchain-based fan engagement and rewards platform Socios.com.

$FOR Fan Tokens will massively increase the club’s ability to engage with its supporters, with fans able to access a wide range of benefits, including the right to vote in multiple club decisions each season, VIP rewards & experiences, exclusive club and sponsor promotions, games, competitions and “super-fan” recognition.

Details on the launch date for the $FOR Fan Token, the price and the first poll will be revealed soon. The maximum supply of $FOR Fan Tokens will be 1 million.

“We are really proud that Fortuna Sittard is the first Dutch team which launches a partnership with Chiliz. This initiative underlines our position and vision as a pioneer in introducing modern practices in our league. We believe that involving our fans in our policy throughout the innovative platform Socios will create a good basis for future decisions. Especially during this time we believe it’s important to keep in touch with our fans,” Isitan Gun, chairman of Fortuna Sittard, said.

“Fortuna Sittard have consistently embraced digital innovation in order to increase engagement with their fans, so the decision to launch a Fan Token is the next natural step. Fans can look forward to many more ways to engage with their favourite club as soon as the $FOR Fan Token launches, getting the opportunity to influence the club in polls, access VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, chat forums and much more on Socios.com,” Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO and Founder of Chiliz and Socios.com, said.

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10 Games Join Qudo, A Proof-of-Gameplay Reward Mechanism and Cryptocurrency Powered by the Telos Blockchain

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Qudo helps developers improve their games while rewarding players in cryptocurrency, with no blockchain experience necessary

QUDO, a proof-of-gameplay reward mechanism and cryptocurrency for the gaming industry, today announced 10 games have joined its platform. Qudo helps developers grow their audiences and improve their games by rewarding players in cryptocurrency for their time, scores, and other achievements, all with no blockchain experience necessary.

Qudo is powered by Telos, the second most active blockchain platform in the world. Telos has achieved significant traction in the gaming sector for its high-capacity network and advanced governance features. Qudo opted to build its reward mechanism on Telos because of the network’s speed, low fees, and community support.

“At Qudo, we strongly believe that people shouldn’t have to understand blockchain technology to start experiencing its benefits, especially when it comes to gaming,” said João Abrantes, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Block Bastards, the company behind Qudo. “With the help of Telos, we’ve made it easy for gamers to register on Qudo and create a wallet without any background knowledge of crypto. We’re converting everyday players and game developers into blockchain users with an easy-to-use, rewards-driven platform. We’ve noticed significant growing interest in Qudo from both games and players, which reinforces our confidence that we’re going in the right direction.”

Qudo is compatible with any game using the Unity engine, and offers an SDK that makes it easy for developers to seamlessly onboard their games and customize their rewards. Developers can also purchase services with cryptocurrency directly through the Qudo marketplace, such as 3D artwork, modeling, animation, sound engineering, voiceovers and programming. Qudo’s rewards mechanism will also allow game developers to monetize without intrusive ads, and to improve their games by offering rewards for spotting bugs, which provides valuable real-time feedback.

A community of more than 1,000 players have already joined Qudo, earning crypto-based rewards for time spent playing, reaching new high scores, and other achievements offered by individual games. Players benefit from never having to transact with PayPal or credit cards, thus avoiding high fees and fraudulent activities.

“Qudo has been a great partner for Telos in demonstrating the network’s ability to meet the needs of any developer, including in the gaming sector,” said Douglas Horn, Telos Chief Architect. “By giving game developers easy access to Telos-based blockchain features from the Unity development environment, Qudo makes it possible for tens of thousands of games worldwide to quickly add crypto features, expanding the usership for Qudo.”

The games now live or coming soon to Qudo include CubiX Fragment, Blox, V8ORS – Flying Rat, FreeBoom, Wizard Rob, Cloud Runner, Versus, AceOfSpace, Time Hardly Waits, SEEDINA, Operation:BoomSlang!, and MoneyLords. Each game is available on mobile, and Qudo plans to expand support for PC games in the near future. Qudo’s Alpha version is operating on the Telos testnet, with plans to launch its mainnet version in Q2 2021.

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Legia Warsaw Will Become the First Polish Club to Launch a Fan Token on Socios.com

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The reigning Polish champions Legia Warsaw, in partnership with fintech blockchain company Chiliz, have announced plans to launch a $LEG Fan Token on the blockchain-based fan engagement and rewards platform Socios.com in the coming months.

Legia Warsaw are the most successful Polish football club of all time, with a record 15 Ekstraklasa titles and will become the first Polish club to launch a Fan Token in order to increase engagement with their fanbase.

$LEG Fan Token owners will be able to access a wide range of benefits, including the right to vote in multiple club decisions each season, VIP rewards & experiences, exclusive club and sponsor promotions, games, competitions and ‘super-fan’ recognition.

The club joins a list of 21 major sporting organizations who have partnered with Socios.com to launch Fan Tokens, including FC Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, AS Roma, Atlético de Madrid, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor. Leading esports organizations Team Heretics, NAVI, OG and Alliance have all launched Fan Tokens on the platform, while UFC have signed a global fan engagement agreement and fellow MMA organisation the Professional Fighters League will launch a Fan Token in the coming months. More major clubs are set to launch Fan Tokens in the near future.

Powered by the utility token Chiliz $CHZ, Socios.com is one of the most active non-financial, consumer-facing mainstream blockchain products in the world and in just over a year it has been downloaded by more than 500,000 people.

Fan Tokens generated over $30M USD in revenue in 2020 that was shared with Socios.com clubs and partners.  In late December and early January several Fan Tokens were listed on major global exchanges, including Binance, driving significant activity, with Paris Saint-Germain ($PSG) and Juventus ($JUV) trading volumes hitting a 24 hour high of $300M in late December.

Details on the launch date for the $LEG Fan Token, the price and the first poll will be revealed soon. The maximum supply of $LEG Fan Tokens will be 5 million.

Paweł Kokosza, Commercial Director of Legia Warsaw, said: “We are very proud that the global brand Socios.com has joined the group of our partners. Pioneering solutions and new technologies, which additionally give our fans unique opportunities to actively participate in the life of our club, are the exact direction in which we want to develop.

We believe that the potential of the most popular sports brand in this part of Europe, which Legia Warsaw undoubtedly is, will allow Socios.com to gain many fans not only in Poland, but also in the international arena.”

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO and Founder of Chiliz and Socios.com, said:  “We’re really pleased to welcome Legia Warsaw as our first Polish club partner.

“Very soon Legia fans all around the world will have a new way to get closer to the club they love and will be able to influence the team in polls, access VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, chat forums and much more on Socios.com.

“We’re sure $LEG Fan Tokens will be a massive hit with fans and become a very powerful new engagement tool for the club.”

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