SportsIcon boosts sports in the metaverse

SportsIcon the NFT platform for Sports NFTs today announced today that it is planning to launch The Sports Metaverse, the world’s first virtual world specifically focused on sports.

Dr. Dave Ranyard announced the launch of a new SportsIcon project today at the 36th annual Game Developers’ Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The Sports Metaverse is a virtual environment solely dedicated to sports.

Built by SportsIcon, Sports Metaverse allows you to trade NFTs

For the first time in history, the world’s most famous athletes, brands, and clubs have gathered in one location. Sports Metaverse is a metaverse that allows you to exchange NFTs, acquire and develop property, interact with renowned athletes in 3D, and visit stadiums. It was created by SportsIcon and industry veterans from Sony, Doom, Playstation Home, and Nvidia.

The NFTs include a masterclass with well-known athletes. Stars like Romelu Lukaku, a Belgian footballer who has represented his country and currently plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League, provide unique insights into their experiences and the secrets of their training success.

These contain interviews with the stars discussing their lives and how they become who they are now, as well as videos of them on the practice field. As part of the initiative, Lukaku was volumetrically recorded and will appear in 3D in the sports metaverse:

“I’m going to teach you on how I accept a penalty in the Sports Metaverse — one of the most difficult moments in my profession.” It’s not only about putting up a good show physically. It’s all about mental focus and performance. There’s a lot of pressure here, and you only have one shot. “I want you to know what it’s like to practice with me one-on-one — what it’s like to be a professional football player,” Lukaku said.

“The Sports Metaverse is the next step in the growth of the fan-sport interaction. Consumer behavior has shifted dramatically as a result of Covid and web3. “We aim to bring the fan closer to the action, allowing them to interact with their favorite athletes and businesses, buy land next to them, and connect with them in totally new ways,” Worsey explained.

SportsIcon is backed by rapper turned investor Nas

Nas, Dapper Labs, Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou, Youtube Founder Chad Hurley, Hedera and Reserve Founder Andrew Masanto, and ex-NBA star Andrew Bogut are all investors in SportsIcon.

Aside from Lukaku, The Sports Metaverse is lining up a slew of sports stars and businesses, with deals in the works with top players in soccer, tennis, MMA, basketball, and baseball. In June, the Sports Metaverse will have a public land sale.


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