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Web3 and the current FIFA World Cup

FIFA brings new games to the World Cup in Qatar from the Web3 space, including Upland, Matchday, Phygtl and AI League.

A large industry player Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, is entering a Web3 world in its 2022 World Cup. This includes games that use non-fungible tokens (NFTs), NFT collections, and metaverse worlds. 

While the introduction of Metaverse is destroying Meta, other companies also want to take a ride in this new exciting industry. Crypto.com has even become its official sponsor for the World Cup which has been ongoing for about a week now.

Web3 & FIFA

FIFA has revealed a portfolio of new Web3 games with a focus on the future in order to entertain and engage a bigger audience of fans during the ongoing  FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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Gaming and esports are among FIFA’s fastest-growing potential, as the organization continues to expand into new digital spaces, platforms, and games where football enthusiasts are already present. FIFA is moving into new digital venues, having created a landmark Roblox experience earlier this year as a result of the communities’ natural growth.

The new game integrations, which were all developed with Web3 and the future of digital interaction in mind, are playable throughout the tournament, and each offers a unique spin on the world’s largest football competition. Despite this year’s downturn in crypto overall, this is great news. 

FIFA is also working with PlayStation games, with its NFT platform launched on the Algorand blockchain. The FIFA trading card game is similar to NBA Top Shot, a platform for collecting items that helped start the NFT craze at the start of 2021. 

It’s very similar to how FIFA+Collect has traders collecting memorable sporting moments from the game’s history. You can think of it as a virtual trading card game powered by NFTs. 

Games which are available for playing 

1. Altered State Machine – AI League

AI League is a 4-on-4 casual football game played by AI-controlled characters, with player input at tactical and entertaining moments. The player acts as the coach and owner of their AI teams, whose abilities can be enhanced through power-ups and training.

Additionally, players can collect and trade characters to form a squad with their preferred talent combinations. The playing fields are modeled after stylized streetball locales from around the globe, including Paris, Rio, Yaoundé, and Seoul.

2. Upland

Players in Upland can purchase and sell virtual homes on the world’s largest blockchain-based metaverse, which is based on the real world. Now, fans can add famous video highlights from the tournament to their collection of official digital assets from the FIFA World Cup.

Players can visit the replica of FIFA World Cup Lusail Stadium and Village, buy and sell items representing their colors to customize their home in Upland. Moreover, they can trade their assets with other players and win prizes.

3. Matchday Challenge

Matchday is a highly engaging casual social prediction game based on football cards that aims to tap into the thrill of football fandom by putting players in the position of competing with their friends to see who can predict the outcome of a match with the highest accuracy.

4. Phygtl

The smartphone app Phygtl brings a whole new dimension to the concept of fandom with its innovative fan engagement features. Fans of immersive experiences band together to be the first in the world to jointly generate a digital prize.

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Fans can bring a golden-globe-football into their environment, attach a small piece of it to keep forever, and immortalize their favorite moments from the FIFA World Cup. An electronic monument to undying devotion.

Conclusion

It’s interesting to see that despite the downfall of crypto in 2022, many companies continue to adopt its technology. Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs are becoming an essential part of digital economies, while making it to one of the most important sporting events of the year. 

I got into financial markets by accident in 2012 and started with Forex trading. Later in 2017, I started investing in stocks in cryptocurrencies and began writing articles profess...

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