The first popular soccer video games date back to the 1990s with the launch of FIFA International Soccer, the first title produced by the franchise. This had the arcade aesthetic of the time, similar to other 16-bit games of the same generation.
Originally, the game only featured global teams and the players had no real names. The special thing about this title, developed by EA Canada, is that it is the first football video game with an official FIFA license.
Since then, football has evolved and with the advent of NFT technology (Non-functioning token), he tried to provide his fans with much more immersive experiences.
The front: fan tokens
Initially, several football clubs started launching their own “fantokens” in an effort to maintain their following.
These blockchain-based digital assets allow their owners to access exclusive merchandising and events, as well as participate in certain club administrative decisions, such as incorporating new facilities or marketing campaigns.
These assets were especially all the rage in Europe, with clubs like Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Manchester City and many others. The phenomenon is now spreading to other continents, especially Latin America.
The after: the metaverse
The word “metaverse” comes from “meta” which means “after” in Greek, so it refers to a universe beyond the one we currently know. In other words, as we said at the beginning, football metaverses could become so realistic in the future that they manage to reproduce the real football market.
This can range from buying and selling virtual players (NFT) to income from transmission rights (streaming), which today are mainly capitalized by platforms such as Twitch.
In that sense, MetaSoccer could be an example of a football manager style metaverse that turns any real footballer – who agrees to be in the game – into an NFT. This means that it will be a unique piece that can only be signed by one club.
Argentina national team goalkeeper Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez, Arsenal FC midfielder Thomas Partey and Real Madrid star Dani Carvajal are now available in this metaverse. The game also has other fictional characters who can become stars through training and reach great cash value and even virtual stadiums where people can pay to watch matches of their favorite clubs.
What features are similar to real football?
- Strategy and Tactics : Each user is the manager/DT of the club and this has a strong impact on the final result of the match.
- Player Skill : All players have a maximum natural potential that they can achieve. Your job as a manager/DT is to guide them and give each player the right training to unlock that maximum potential so that they perform at their best during the match. Assistants can be hired to create more specific training for specific positions and/or tactics.
- Opportunity : Just like in real life, there are odds that work in your favor to win, but there are also other variables that can give you a critical failure, such as a low-level player.
- Morality, rhythm and fatigue : As a manager/DT, you should not only improve the player’s skills, but also take care of him and be aware of any issues that may affect their performance. This will require daily attention. You can also hire assistants to help you with this task.
- Discover the future stars : You can buy and sell players, and also search for young players who can become stars in the future.
What’s interesting is that all these features can be monetized by buying and selling NFT players, similar to the real pass market, based on a digital economy that revolves around its own cryptocurrencies called $MSU and $MSC. .
“The case of MetaSoccer is very interesting, because the users build the team to manage and the fans, thanks to NFT technology, have direct ownership of the players they buy and manage,” said César Vidal Scasso, president of the Electronic and Electromechanical Sports Association of Argentina (ADEEMA). He concludes, “Just as esports came to redefine the concept of sports, metaverses can redefine the football market.”
Note that this is a very ambitious blockchain project and its evolution will be seen in the coming months. NFT games are a very recent phenomenon and it is too early to know if these projects can be sustained.
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