Sorare has announced that five Italian football clubs have joined their NFT-powered fantasy football game. Cagliari, Genoa, Hellas Verona, Sampdoria and Udinese are the latest addition from the Italian Serie A, after clubs like AC Milan, Juventus and Inter.
With the addition of these five clubs, Sorare now has 10 clubs from the Serie A in their fantasy football game. That means that now approximately half of the league has signed up with the fantasy football game. While the Serie A is being signed on club basis, other leagues have joined the platform as a whole. Think about the Dutch Eredivisie, the J-League or the Major League Soccer.
However, while in American sports are licenses are arranged by one association, the world of football is very fragmented. Especially in Europe, where there are different organizations in different countries and clubs have hundred years of history. It’s the charm of football, but a problem for signing up clubs to a fantasy football game like Sorare.
Covering national teams
Sorare already covers a wide variety of teams and players from across the globe. However, until now the game has only been focused on club football. Last week they announced a new effort, which would bring national teams to Sorare. Players that are active in their national teams, can earn players points just like they do at their clubs. As a result tournaments like the Copa Libertadores, Euro 2021 and the World Cup Qualifications will now be calculated as part of the Sorare fantasy football offering.
Therefore cards of players in a national team will become wanted and thus more valuable. In addition there will be more demand for youngsters from the national U21 teams. These players might normally play little at their own teams, but could generate lots of points during the U21 European Championship.
How to play Sorare
You can play Sorare for free, but that takes away lots of the excitement to be fair. You need to purchase collectible player cards, and the players on these cards will become your team. Each game week you select the players of which you think they will perform best. If you make enough points, you will earn 0.01 or 0.02 ETH. Are you among the best? Then you will receive a free card, which are much more valuable. Learn more on how to play and earn in Sorare here, or sign up for the game here.
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. In addition the company received a four million dollar investment to push the game forward, while signing FC Barcelona star Pique as a spokesperson and adding Real Madrid to the game.
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!
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.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn and for a variety of third party magazines and websites.