For the primary time in chess historical past, grandmaster Magnus Carlsen has been awarded a nonfungible token (NFT) trophy for profitable a global chess match, Meltwater Champions Chess Tour (MCCT). The match minted numerous NFT trophies and collectibles to indefinitely preserve the game’s most defining moments.
Chatting with Cointelegraph, Carlsen shared his appreciation of the cryptocurrency ecosystem for supporting digital chess tournaments. The chess champion cited MCCT’s latest partnership with FTX crypto alternate that allowed skilled chess gamers to compete for a prize fund of two.1825 Bitcoin (BTC) ($81,079).
“NFTs assist the chess neighborhood have a good time nice moments and presumably additionally reward people who have already invested a lot time in rising the sport. With Chess Champs, that is simply getting began and I look ahead to seeing it evolve,” Carlsen stated.
Chess Champs minted two similar editions of the Champion’s Trophy NFT on the Ethereum blockchain, which have been digitally signed by Carlsen after profitable the match. The second NFT trophy was auctioned off at 6.88 ETH, roughly $24,700 on the time of buy. In line with a supply, the bidding for the NFT trophy went as much as 11 Ether (ETH) ($27,093) after the deadline. Carlsen stated:
“It feels nice to share the trophy with a passionate fan. It is going to be fascinating to play a match with him and assembly him through the subsequent season’s Champions Chess Tour Closing.”
Collectibles additionally embody NFTs devoted to varied chess items (akin to pawn and bishop) on the blockchain.
Because the NFT growth continues to bridge the hole between sports activities and digital leisure, NFT marketplaces supply new floor for innovation.
Sorare, a market for NFT buying and selling playing cards, attained a $4.3 billion valuation after elevating $680 million in Collection B funding led by Japanese fintech big SoftBank. As Cointelegraph reported, the corporate plans to make use of this funding to “considerably speed up the event of girls’s sports activities.”
Furthermore, Sorare has additionally secured partnerships with La Liga soccer league and plans to onboard top-tier soccer groups because it diversifies its NFT-based portfolio choices to different fantasy sports activities.