NewsJun 30, 2020

MLSPA Players Meet Blockchain on Sorare Fantasy Soccer Game

We are pleased to announce that launching today, the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) and its roster of 700+ current players will be available on the Sorare global fantasy soccer platform through a new class of collectibles: officially licensed digital player cards. These player cards will be available on Sorare ahead of the summer “MLS is Back” tournament in Orlando, Florida, enabling fans to immediately begin building the most competitive fantasy line-ups and competing for prizes before the league is expected to return to play later this year. OneTeam Partners (OneTeam), the MLSPA’s group player licensing partner, facilitated the deal.

On Sorare’s game platform, each week managers compose teams of five player cards to compete against other managers around the world in different fantasy soccer divisions. Success will earn these managers exciting rewards and allow them to unlock different levels of achievements. The MLSPA player cards featured in the game will be built on the Ethereum blockchain, which can be used to guarantee the cards’ authenticity and digital scarcity. For every player and every season, Sorare issues one unique player card, ten Super Rare player cards, and 100 Rare player cards. In recent weeks, several unique cards have been sold on the platform for more than $3,000 . These can be freely traded in Sorare’s online marketplace which was developed to allow users to safely buy and sell the player cards, or otherwise in the secondary market or on other digital collectible platforms.

The game provides for a fun and easy introduction for fans to the incredibly talented roster of MLSPA players. The shared vision is to make fantasy soccer more global, and at the same time rewarding for gamers so that it becomes the primary way to increase the enjoyment of live soccer in the U.S. and around the world.

The MLSPA is the first professional soccer organization in the Americas to enter a licensing partnership with Sorare. With this deal, MLSPA players are joining other players from renowned soccer clubs such as Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Lyon, and Porto, as well as Belgium’s Jupiler League and South Korea’s K League already available on the game platform.

Nicolas Julia, CEO at Sorare, said:

“We are very proud to have signed this agreement with the Major League Soccer Players Association and OneTeam. We have seen a lot of interest from our fantasy managers to collect soccer players from the league. Soccer is booming in the U.S. and we are proud to help extend the players’ reach. Our launch in the U.S. with the MLSPA is a key step in our vision to create a truly global fantasy soccer game.”

Dan Jones, COO at MLSPA, said:

“As the MLSPA continues to expand its list of partners, we are excited to officially announce our license agreement with Sorare. The MLS audience continues to grow and evolve, and we are excited to be a part of giving fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite players in a new digital landscape.”

Henry Lowenfels, Chief Product Officer at OneTeam Partners, said:

“We are proud that the OneTeam platform led to this new partnership between the MLSPA and Sorare. We believe blockchain will play an important role in the future of collectibles, and through Sorare’s innovative fantasy experience, fans can collect, manage and own digital cards representing all their favorite players forever.”

Visit Sorare to learn more.