- NFL Draft Day is around the corner, and football fans are very excited.
- The football league aims to kick off its first officially licensed NFT game ahead of the draft.
As the hype builds for the NFL Draft 2023, football enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the league’s latest crop of superstar athletes. However, this year, the NFL is doing things differently.
Besides premiering some of the best prospects in the country, the NFL has another exciting debut in-store – its first officially licensed NFT game, NFL Rivals.
NFL NFTs Kickoff in Web3
On Wednesday, April 26, Mythical Games, developer of the first NFL-licensed NFT game, launched early access to its fantasy football game NFL Rivals on Apple’s iOS App Store and Google’s Android Play Store.
NFL Rivals is the first of its kind for both Mythical Games and the NFL and is set for a global launch this fall ahead of the new football season. The fantasy football game puts players in the general manager role, where they must make plays, manage athletes, and win against opposing teams.
The game is free-to-play; however, players can buy, sell, and trade NFL Player NFTs via Mythical Games’ online marketplace. The developer has secured full licensing rights to NFL teams and athletes, enabling users to create their dream fantasy teams.
The rarity, strengths, and other metrics of each NFL athlete’s NFT card vary, resulting in unique pricing based on these factors. The “common” player NFT card costs around $8, whereas “legendary” player NFT cards cost north of thousands of dollars.
According to Mythical CEO John Linden, NFL Rivals reported 150,000 players during its beta, with over $1.6 million in NFT sales. The developer looks to capitalize on the heightened anticipation of the upcoming NFL Draft Day by attracting over 10 million players by the start of the new season.
How would they do it? With events.
NFL Draft 2023
Coinciding with the 2023 NFL Draft, NFL Rivals looks to introduce themed in-game challenges and player packs to celebrate the event. NFL fans and gamers alike can join these quests and gain access to exciting prizes.
Currently, the fantasy football game is giving out exclusive prizes to people who guess the first ten picks of the first NFL Draft round. Players who guess correctly will gain a chance at winning NFL Rivals swag, player card NFTs, and an opportunity to hang out with the team live during the draft.
On the Flipside
- The French Web3 startup Sorare partnered with the NBA and the NBA Players’ Association to launch the first-of-its-kind NFT fantasy basketball game in 2022.
- The NFL launched a series of card-themed NFTs for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Why You Should Care
The NFL is one of the most-watched sports leagues in the world. The regular season averages over 17 million viewers every year, with the Super Bowl, being one of the most mainstream events in sports. The NFL’s acceptance of Web3 technology, decentralized ownership, and NFTs is monumental for the crypto space.
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