Real Madrid has joined the fantasy football game Sorare. The Spanish football club is one of the biggest names in world sports and has more European Cup / Champions League titles than any other club. Starting from today cards from star players like Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are available through auctions and the open marketplace.
In Sorare players use digital cards to create 5-player teams. Depending on the real life performance of the corresponding player, these cards will earn points. The gamer with the most points in a round, will win prizes. For example, players can win extra cards or money.
There are currently dozens of bundles with Real Madrid available with rare and super rare cards for the Sorare fantasy football game. With still plenty of hours on the countdown, these bundles have already received bids of at least a couple of hundred dollars. There’s also a bundle with an unique Toni Kroos card, already having a two thousand dollar bid.
Among the bundles there are also cards of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. These coach cards have no utility yet in the fantasy football game. However, Sorare always suggested that this might change.
Other new clubs
In December the fantasy football game added Inter Milan and Fenerbahce. 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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