February 26 – Sports technology innovator Fantastec has launched an app for Arsenal fans aloowung them to own and trade genuine digital Arsenal collectibles.
The app is based around a game which fans download for free and allows them to discover collect and swap officially licensed collectibles. The app uses the Fantastec SWAP platform uses blockchain technology.
“Fans can unlock digital player profiles which include original video content from our men’s and women’s teams as well as authentic player autographs that they can swap safely and securely online with other worldwide fans,” said an Arsenal press release.
Arsenal are the first club to launch on the Fantastic SWAP platform with clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga and Spain’s LaLiga expected to follow shortly.
Peter Silverstone, Arsenal’s Commercial Director, said: “As football fans, many of us remember collecting and swapping player cards with friends. This initiative with Fantastec SWAP brings that concept into today’s digital world and gives our fans access to unique Arsenal collectibles and content wherever they are in the world.”
Fans build their squad collections by purchasing in-app team packs, and by swapping freely with other fans. The blockchain-powered platform also offers social network-like features. This enables fans to connect and swap their collectibles securely.
Emphasising the mobile-first nature of sports fans and how they are increasingly geopgraphically distanced from their clubs, Simon Woollard Product Partner atFantastec, said: “Fantastec has developed a new approach for fans to engage in more valuable relationships with the teams and players they love, rewarding their activity in the app, and empowering them to own a genuine share of a club’s history – timestamped and safely protected on the blockchain.”
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