Blockchain Gaming: The fantasy football game by Sorare in test
What Panini means for football card collectors on an analogue level, finds its digital counterpart with Sorare – based on blockchain technology.
We recently tested Sorare in the October issue of Kryptokompass. From Juventus Turin’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Germany’s national team player Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen: the fantasy football platform Sorare offers die-hard football fans the opportunity to trade their football of Italian Formula idols as digital trading cards and let them compete against each other in virtual teams.
In total, the platform has regularly raised more than one million US dollars per month through the sale of block chain collectibles.
The game principle is kept simple and is based on existing online manager games: The player acts as a manager who assembles a virtual team of five football players using their block chain cards. A sorare card is a digital collectible that represents a football player in a particular season. In addition, after each match day, the team is ranked and scored based on the performance of its players on the real football field.
In addition, the cards differ in their performance and experience points and can generate bonus points. Analogous to the real game operation, there is a league and tournament system in which managers can participate with their teams.
As of the editorial deadline, the platform covers 23 football leagues with more than 100 officially licensed football clubs. Among the fully licensed leagues are, for example, the Japanese J1 League or the Brazilian First League. In addition, football fans from Germany can already enjoy Bundesliga clubs such as FC Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen.
Trading on Sorare
Football tickets are traded by auction on the transfer market. The price of a ticket is based on real performance data and its rarity. Three levels of rarity are distinguished: Unique, Super Rare (10 copies) and Rare (100 copies).
Thanks to the block chain technology, the rarity of a card is demonstrably guaranteed. The purchase of a Sorare card on the transfer market can be processed by credit card via stripe integration or via the crypto currency ether. The trading cards are stored as non-fungible tokens (NFT) on the native Sorare wallet. This runs on the Ethereum block chain. The transfer of the NFTs to a native wallet is possible through a connection with the Sorare wallet.
The Sorare platform offers a combination of the well-known Panini scrapbook and an online football manager game such as Comunio. Despite well-known licensing agreements, for example with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the young platform with a manageable number of licensed clubs and leagues is still in its infancy in terms of development. The fact that Sorare has good prospects for future product development due to its good usability and an overall growing market for non-fungible tokens should come as little surprise as FC Bayern Munich’s eighth consecutive championship.