After ending its partnership with EA, FIFA announced four new blockchain-based Web 3.0 games as the World Cup 2022 approaches.
Holding the title of the governing body of international soccer, FIFA aims to entertain and engage a wider group of fans ahead of the upcoming World Cup with the help of these new Web 3.0 games.
In the past, Electronic Arts (EA) has been using FIFA’s license to release ‘’FIFA’’ games annually, which have always proven to be best sellers on the market but after the two companies could not reach an agreement for a new deal earlier this year, this 30-year long partnership came to an end.
Following the breakup, FIFA hinted that they would continue to develop games, separately from EA, and now they have finally unveiled what we’ve all been waiting for.
“The new gaming integrations, all of which are designed with web 3.0 and the future of digital engagement in mind, are playable around the tournament and each has a unique twist on the globe’s biggest football tournament,” read the announcement.
What can we expect?
AI League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition
Unleash a team of AI-powered footballers on the streets of the Metaverse in the revolutionary 4-v-4 football game, The AI League.
Matches are played between teams of collectible characters you actually own and manage.
Your strategic input plays a key role in the outcome of matches – as if you were a young Fergie prowling the touchline and barking instructions to your team.
There’s something for every football fan with an unbalance of modes to explore. League mode features the tactical style of play you’d expect from a cutting-edge football manager game, while the fast-paced Football Mayhem mini-game lets you get in on the action and play alongside your AI characters.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in the Upland Metaverse
Upland is the largest blockchain-based metaverse mapped to the real world, where players can buy and sell virtual properties.
Now you can collect official FIFA World Cup digital assets, including legendary video highlights of the tournament. You can travel to the replica FIFA World Cup Lusail Stadium and Village, shop for items representing your colors to customize your home in Upland, trade your assets with friends and win one of many prizes.
Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition
Matchday Challenge is a social gaming experience that allows players to challenge friends to World Cup predictions.
You win by making the most accurate predictions (not just on winning) and collecting Matchday cards of footballers who perform the best during the tournament.
Players are offered cards through blockchain tech, featuring the official name, image, and likeness of professional men’s and women’s football players.
Collected cards during this World Cup will continue to be playable in future Matchday games.
The multi-year partnership between FIFA and Matchday will also bring over other FIFA intellectual property and its other tournaments onto the Matchday platform.
“Our free-to-play experiences are centered around Matchday player cards – featuring real football players – and the amazing community of football fans,” said Matchday co-founder and chief gaming officer Sebastien de Halleux.
Matchday also has 20 football ambassadors globally alongside Lionel Messi, who backed the firm through his new investment firm, Play Time.
Phygtl – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Phygtl
Finally, there’s “Phygtl”, which FIFA describes as a “fan engagement mobile application” that will allow players to own a “digital representation of eternal fandom.”
Fans can augment a ‘’golden-globe-football’’ from the palm of their hands into their real-life environment, own a limited fragment of it to attach, and eternalize their handpicked FIFA World Cup pictures and video moments.
It is a digital representation of eternal fandom.
“This is a hugely exciting group of partnerships that we’ve entered into as we embrace a new, digitally-native football fan and engage with them in the spaces that we know they are already active within,” commented FIFA chief business officer Romy Gai. “As we continue to build our gaming strategy long into the future, it’s certain that web 3.0 will have an important role to play, and this marks the start of our journey.”
I’m not in the least surprised that FIFA has joined forces with the Metaverse and that this global empire has come to appreciate the many perks and opportunities that blockchain has to offer.
Although I’m 100% positive these games will bring a lot of excitement to the FIFA World Cup 2022 and its fans, I’m even more convinced that crypto sports betting sites will out-stage them with their tournaments that promise to have immeasurable prize pools.
The World Cup has not even started and Stake.com has already launched a $150,000 World Cup tournament-style promotion in conjunction with Pragmatic and Fortune Jack has a World Cup Bracket Challenge with a prize pool of $20,000.
Which is much more than Adidas AL RIHLA balls, a US$100 Adidas gift card, or a Vivo phone that you might win playing the AI League.
I’ll keep you posted because this is just the build-up. The best is yet to come!