The fantasy football game Sorare has introduced the French national team in their game, making France the first licensed national team. Several cards have already been sold through auctions, and Sorare says it won’t stop here. The fantasy football game has plans to launch more national teams during Euro 2020, which takes place right now.
Sorare announced support for national team matches earlier this year. As a result player cards from club players can also be used during the international tournament. However, obviously not every player in a national team plays for a club represented in Sorare. As a result it’s quite a challenge to have a proper squad of national team players in Sorare. The inclusion of licensed national teams will change that.
The first deal has been made with the French Football Federation, and more will follow. Considering Sorare already has deals with the national competitions of Belgium and The Netherlands, these are likely to follow. In a similar fashion we could expect deals with Team USA, South Korea and Japan. However, these three are obviously not part of the Euro 2021 tournament. Right now the Copa America is also taking place, so adding Latin American national teams would also be an option.
What is Sorare?
Sorare is a fantasy football game powered by blockchain technology. The project also has support from game publisher Ubisoft through the company’s entrepreneurs lab. The fantasy football game is enjoying lots of hype in recent months. Consistently the game is among the most popular applications on the Ethereum blockchain. Sorare is popular thanks to its mainstream appeal and the fact that it allows players to earn money and extra playing cards.
Blockchain technology introduces actual scarcity to digital cards, so these have a limited supply. Players can use the cards they’ve bought to create a fantasy team. Each card represents a real player. Based on the performance of that player on the actual pitch, the card holders will earn points. Every week the teams with the most points will earn new cards as a reward. The cheapest cards generally sell for a couple of dollars, while the most wanted ones go for well over a thousand dollars a piece. Join the game!
For every game week managers will need to select a team from the player card collection. They will need one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfielder, one attacker and an extra field player. Players earn points based on the real-life performance of those players. Therefore players that play regularly, are active in winning team, hardly make mistakes, and score a lot of goals, are generally valuable. Each card can only be used once during a game week, but if you have enough cards you can join in multiple leagues.
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