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ESPORTS FIRST AS VITALITY CS:GO TEAM WEAR JERSEY CHOSEN BY FANS ON SOCIOS.COM AT IEM COLOGNE

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ESPORTS FIRST AS VITALITY CS:GO TEAM WEAR JERSEY CHOSEN BY FANS ON SOCIOS.COM AT IEM COLOGNE
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Vitality’s CS:GO team surprised fans by wearing the jersey chosen using $VIT Fan Tokens on stage before their clash with Renegades

Team Vitality have broken new ground in esports fan engagement at the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Tournament in Cologne after appearing onstage wearing a jersey chosen exclusively by  $VIT Fan Token holders on Socios.

Vitality fans were asked to choose between three unique jersey design options for the first poll on fan engagement app Socios.com. The chosen jersey design features the inclusion of the word Vitality and the $VIT fan token badge in the center of the jersey representing Team Vitality’s connection to its fans, and the importance of its community being at the heart of the organisation.

Team Vitality’s CS:GO team then surprised fans by revealing the winning option live on stage ahead of their clash with Renegades.

Team Vitality launched their $VIT Fan Token on July 1st, with the initial supply of 350,000 priced at €2 selling out in a matter of hours.

Fan Tokens are collectible digital assets, minted on the Chiliz blockchain, that provide owners with access to voting rights in polls, VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions on Socios.com.

Since its inception in 2013, Team Vitality has grown into one of the biggest esports organisations in the world and home to some of the industry’s best esports players who compete in the biggest global esports titles. Over the last six months, Team Vitality has continued to build upon its esports legacy, most recently announcing its expansion into Brazil with the signing of Hugo “Dioud” Padioleau as its first official ambassador, and the reveal of its new League of Legends rosters.

Team Vitality will use Fan Tokens to empower their fanbase with a selection of unique and exciting rewards. Fans who purchase $VIT Fan Tokens will have access to exclusive content, activations around Team Vitality players, shop vouchers and also have the opportunity to attend events as special guests. Team Vitality will also host monthly polls where its fans can vote and have a direct impact on key organisational decisions.

Team Vitality are the fifth esports team to launch a Fan Token on Socios, joining OG, NAVI, Team Heretics and Team Alliance on the platform.

The Socios network consists of a roster of 40+  elite international sporting organizations, including world leading football clubs Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Atlético Madrid and the Argentina national team.  Leading MMA organisations the UFC and PFL have also launched Fan Tokens on Socios.com, as will Aston Martin Cognizant and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN of  Formula One™.

Driven by the central belief that transitioning passive fans into active fans is essential to the future of esports and sport, Socios is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide partners with the tools to engage with and monetize their global fanbases. Fan Tokens have generated over $150M in revenues to be shared with Socios.com partners in 2021 alone.

Created by Chiliz, the leading blockchain provider for the global sports and entertainment industry, Socios.com will continue its global expansion throughout  2021 and is targeting many more Fan Token with partners from across the world.

Socios has multiple office locations around the world and has recently opened new regional headquarters in Madrid, Istanbul, São Paulo and Buenos Aires. The company will also open a new office in North America in the near future.

“At Team Vitality we are so proud of the success of our first fan token thanks to the support of our dedicated fans. With 350,000 sold at launch, $VIT marks the most successful esports FTO on Socios platform, we are honoured to share this milestone with our fans and partners at Socios and Chiliz. To see the fan selected jersey design on our CS:GO players on stage at such a major tournament like IEM Cologne was an exciting moment for us, and altogether represents how connected our players are with fans,” said Nicolas Maurer, CEO, Team Vitality.

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios, said:  “Seeing Vitality’s CS:GO team wearing the jersey picked by their fans live on stage at a major tournament is proof of how serious they are about using $VIT Fan Tokens to create unprecedented engagement and influence opportunities for their global fanbase.

“The response to the initial sale, the reaction from fans to the first groundbreaking poll and the reveal of the winning jersey live on stage at IEM has been a great success. What an amazing start!”

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Decentraland makes strategic investment in Decentral Games

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Companies will deliver Play-to-earn Metaverse Poker, giving huge boost and driving interest and confidence in the disruptive gaming industry

Decentraland, the pioneering blockchain-based virtual world, has made a strategic investment in Decentral Games, a metaverse-native GameFi DAO, in a move that further shows increasing interest and confidence in the disruptive gaming platform.

The investment from Decentraland (MANA) in Decentral Games’ (DG) native governance token $DG, an asset that allocates governance votes within the Decentral Games DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) and its nearly $12 million in treasury holdings today, is aimed at helping the platform deliver free Play-to-Earn Metaverse Poker.

“The Decentraland Foundation is thrilled to support Decentral Games in its new play-to-earn gaming in the metaverse,” said Agustin Ferreira, Foundation Lead at Decentraland Foundation. “The free play-to-earn architecture has undergone phenomenal growth of late, and we believe it will enable the Decentraland platform and the community to continue on the journey of decentralized expansion.”

Mr. Ferreira added that “as a gaming pioneer in the metaverse, we believe Decentral Games is the ideal party to spearhead the next generation of play-to-earn.”

The investment deal also represents a massive endorsement of Decentral Games’ groundbreaking play-to-earn gaming architecture model that distributes tokenized financial rewards for everyday gamers’ participation on the platform.

“This significant deal will enable Decentral Games to debut play-to-earn dynamics applied to a favorite household game, poker,” said Decentral Games Founder Miles Anthony.

“Decentral Games is proud to have a trusted investment partner in Decentraland as we roll out metaverse play-to-earn ICE Poker.

Mr. Anthony added that “Decentraland has been a pioneer in building the first iteration of an open, decentralized metaverse, so it’s a no-brainer to launch our Play-to-Earn ICE Poker there.”

Decentral Games’ innovative and on-point spirit in pushing play-to-earn gaming forward has generated recent investment from full-stack Ethereum scaling solution, Polygon, among other respected institutional entities.

In June, DG closed a $5-million funding round co-led by Collab+Currency and BACKED VC. Since then, Decentral Games has continued to execute, bringing play-to-earn to fruition, and announced the new GameFi product, ICE Poker, the play-to-earn and NFT game in September.

Decentral Games has also previously worked with Decentraland. The gaming metaverse blockchain project developed several signature games for Decentraland on a white label basis before eventually establishing itself as an enterprise DAO.

After years of proving the use case for metaverse games within Decentraland’s immersive virtual reality environments, Decentral Games is presently thrilled to take its tenured relationship with Decentraland to the next level.

$DG is the versatile, standalone token powering Decentral Games, providing players with a medium of exchange for gaming and governance and liquidity incentives unique to the platform. The model organically incentivizes long-term user growth and customer loyalty through the distribution of daily rewards, empowering Decentral Games customers with the ability to earn a new stream of income on the platform.

As Venture Beat has illustrated, play-to-earn gaming in the Philippines has yielded the potential for residents to earn three times the regional minimum wage. And market indications have clearly shown that play-to-earn is ready for meteoric adoption given its income potential.

Currently, Decentral Games runs multiple metaverse-based play-to-earn and NFT games, including co-branding and business-to-business (B2B) deals with the world’s most iconic brands, including gaming giant Atari, Amnesia Ibiza (the temple of electronic music), and Bored Apes Yacht Club (the iconic NFT series).

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Socios.Com Partners With LaLiga To Become Global Fan Engagement Partner

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Socios. com, the leading provider of blockchain-driven Fan Engagement solutions for the sports and entertainment industry, and LaLiga have announced an agreement that will see the creators of Fan Tokens become Global Fan Engagement Partner of Spain’s top tier football league.

Socios com and LaLiga will work together to create new opportunities for the league’s more than 800 million global fans to engage actively with the brand through the platform’s cutting-edge blockchain technology solutions.

This partnership will give LaLiga Santander fans the chance to get closer than ever to their heroes, regardless of where in the world they are based, and to access unique rewards such as official products, signed jerseys, free tickets and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Driven by the central belief that transitioning passive fans into active fans is essential to the future of sport, Socios. com is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide the world’s leading sporting organizations with the tools to engage with and monetize their global fanbases.

Since its creation, in 2019, Socios. com has been enhancing Fan Experience across the global sports industry through Fan Tokens, collectible digital assets that provide owners with access to voting rights in polls, VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions on Socios.com.

Over 40 global leading sport organisations across 20 different countries and seven different sports have launched their official Fan Token on the Socios.com app, home to a growing global community of nearly 1.3M sports fans. The list includes LaLiga Santander clubs FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Valencia CF and Levante UD, as well as other football giants across the globe, Formula 1 teams, esports organisations and mixed martial arts brands, among others.

Fan Tokens have consolidated as one of the fastest growing revenue streams for the sports industry, generating over $200 million in profits for Socios. com’s global network in a little over two years since the first token was released.

The partnership with LaLiga, the first major football league to join the platform, sets a new milestone for Socios. com and strengthens its position in Spain, a strategic country in which the company is about to inaugurate its new offices. The agreement also reasserts the position of Socios. com as the global leaders of blockchain-driven fan engagement solutions for the sports industry.

Alexandre Dreyfus, Founder and CEO of Socios. com, said: “We are very excited and proud to be partnering with LaLiga, one of the biggest brands in global sports, with over 800 million fans around the world, and home to legendary clubs that have helped write the history of football.”

“The LaLiga partnership will allow us to take another step forward in our mission to bring about a new era of global fan engagement, where fans are no longer spectators, but empowered, active participants”.

“It is no coincidence that LaLiga has become the first major European football league to partner with Socios.com. Over the past few years they have earned a reputation for being one of the most innovative brands in sports, leading the way for organisations worldwide in terms of embracing innovation and leveraging new technologies. This partnership is yet another demonstration of their boldness and leadership”.

“At LaLiga we are pleased to partner with Socios. com, one of the global leaders in fan engagement solutions for the sports industry. Thanks to this agreement, all our fans around the world will be able to connect more actively with their favorite players and teams. For us it’s a way of getting closer to them and offering them new experiences”, said Oscar Mayo, Executive Director of LaLiga.

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First Esports X NFT Partnership in Asia as EVOS Esports & Uninterested Unicorns Collaborates in Project

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The number 1 esports organization in Southeast Asia is entering the NFT space this year, collaborating with the up-and-coming NFT generative project Uninterested Unicorns with its own customized 1/1 NFT. This also marks the first ever Esports and NFT collaboration in Asia.

An original generative NFT project by NEX10 LABS – a blockchain and NFT company based in Singapore, Uninterested Unicorns is set to have its first public sale in September 2021 with 6900 NFTs being built and sold via the Ethereum blockchain.

After the public sale, Uninterested Unicorns will also be traded on OpenSea, currently the world’s largest NFT marketplace having recorded 3.4 billion transaction volume in August 2021 alone.

This first collaboration will see EVOS Esports having its own fully customized and branded NFT via the Mythical Unicorn collection, mostly reserved for NFT and Blockchain influencers with EVOS being the first esports team on the list.

NEX10 LABS is founded and led by Terence Ting, who also founded an esports organization in Vietnam & SEA called Team Flash back in 2017.

“Our goal is to introduce the esports & gaming audience to the NFT space, through this innovative first collaboration between EVOS Esports and our Uninterested Unicorns,” said Terence Ting.

EVOS Esports, one of the biggest esports teams in Asia with multiple world championship titles in Mobile Legends, Free Fire and League of Legends: Wild Rift, has a combined following of over 100 million fans across all social media and over 500 million views monthly.

Ivan Yeo, chairman of EVOS Esports, said: “We are always exploring new spaces and the NFT space is definitely an area which is extremely interesting and the work done at Uninterested Unicorns goes inline of our goals at EVOS Esports.”

This collaboration will also be EVOS Esports’ first foray into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFT for short) and cryptocurrency, and also Southeast Asia’s first official Esports Team X NFT collaboration.

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