The Turkish football club Fenerbahçe is the first of the three major clubs in the country to join the fantasy football game Sorare. Players cards are now being auctioned on the official website with starting price of 4.58 EUR or 0.01 ETH. Football fans can sign up, get a few free cards and start playing through the Sorare website.
It’s in the line of expectations that other Turkish football clubs will follow Fenerbahçe. The yellow canaries are one of the three major clubs in Turkey, alongside Galatasaray and Beşiktaş. At this moment Fenerbahçe is in third place in the Turkish Super Lig, behind Galatasaray and the surprising number one Alanyaspor.
With a starting price of 4.58 EUR, or 44 Turkish Lira, the playing cards for Sorare are priced quite steep for the Turkish population. Many cards sell for double or triple that amount, while the most popular rare cards sell for 100 EUR or more. This makes Sorare quite a steep investment for Turkish players.
Other recent signings
Last week Sorare added Inter Milan to its game line-up, while the German record champion Bayern Munich joined in November. In recent months clubs like Krasnodar, Paris Saint Germain and the entire J-League were contracted to join the online fantasy football game.
Cards of the most famous players have been selling like cupcakes. In October a card of the Brazilian superstar Neymar sold for 28 thousand dollars. Earlier this month an unique card of his team mate Kylian Mbappé sold for almost 65 thousand dollars. At the same time the auction volume exceeds 27 thousand dollars per week, sometimes peaking close to 100 thousand dollars. These numbers don’t take any trading on the secondary market into account, which often is 50 thousand dollars or more per week.
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 applications on the Ethereum blockchain. In July the company received a four million dollar investment to push the game forward. Before the end of the year, the Paris-based company wants to have approximately 150 different clubs in their portfolio.
Blockchain technology introduces actual scarcity to digital cards, so these cards 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!
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