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Sorare’s fantasy football, based on collectibles that run on the Ethereum blockchain, receives significant financial backing to expand its platform. In total, the French company managed to raise up to USD 50 million , during a financing round led by the venture capital firms Benchmark and Accel.
Sorare reported on the result of the investment round this Thursday, February 25, through a statement on his blog. The company reported that among the investors there are also entrepreneurs Alexis Ohanian and Gary Vaynerchuk.
Some figures of world football also participated in the investment: the French star of FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann; and former players Rio Ferdinand and Oliver Bierhoff. These join defender Gerard Piqué and former German striker André Schürrle, who have previously backed Sorare.
Nicolas Julia, CEO of Sorare, explained that the funds will be used to achieve three specific objectives: “to accelerate the hiring of a world-class team”, to add to the platform to the 20 best leagues in the world and launching a mobile application.
Julia considers that tokens on a blockchain they represent a new step in the evolution of games. “15 years ago, buying a virtual sword in a game was crazy. Nowadays, collecting digital cards feels excitingly avant-garde, “said the company director in the press release.
In Sorare, the players or collectors they can participate in different tournaments , using their cards. Each card represents a player, whose score in each competition is based on the sports performance of that player in the games he plays in real life.
In addition to competitions, the user of This platform can buy or sell the collectibles, which are non-fungible tokens created under Ethereum’s ERC-721 standard. In this protocol, each token is unique. Hence its collectible character.
Growth of Sorare and his fantasy football on Ethereum
Sorare is just over a year old, following its release in December 2019. And since then, the popularity of the platform has been remarkable: more than 100 clubs, representation of some 15 leagues in the world and more than 45,000 active users are a reflection of that growth.
This platform already has some of the highest figures and most important teams on the planet, although this financing and the participation of Piqué as special advisor point to a greater scope.
Until now, in Sorare you can find collectibles from great European champions, such as German Bayern Munich, Juventus, from Italy; Real Madrid (Spain) or Liverpool of England , the most recent addition reported by CriptoNoticias.
According to NonFungible data, Sorare is among the 6 platforms of collectibles on blockchain that has moved the most money over time, with more than USD 15 million in volume. Also, the soccer collectibles platform is fifth in the ranking with more tokens exchanged, about 150,000 in total. In the last 7 days, more than USD 2.5 million has been traded in Sorare.
In Sorare, each user receives a pack of 5 random cards to start experimenting the platform. With them, you can participate in tournaments, and even earn experience points depending on the performance of each player.
The value of these collectibles has reached such a point that the most expensive cards in the history of this platform have been sold for the equivalent of more than USD 60,000 in ETH, the cryptocurrency of Ethereum.