For the primary time in chess historical past, grandmaster Magnus Carlsen has been awarded a nonfungible token (NFT) trophy for successful a world chess match, Meltwater Champions Chess Tour (MCCT). The match minted quite a lot of NFT trophies and collectibles to indefinitely preserve the game’s most defining moments.
Talking to 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 those who have already invested a lot time in rising the sport. With Chess Champs, that is simply getting began and I sit up for seeing it evolve,” Carlsen mentioned.
Chess Champs minted two similar editions of the Champion’s Trophy NFT on the Ethereum blockchain, which have been digitally signed by Carlsen after successful the match. The second NFT trophy was auctioned off at 6.88 Ether (ETH), roughly $24,700 on the time of buy. In accordance with a supply, the bidding for the NFT trophy went as much as 11 Ether ($27,093) after the deadline. Carlsen mentioned:
“It feels nice to share the trophy with a passionate fan. It will likely be attention-grabbing to play a match with him and assembly him throughout the subsequent season’s Champions Chess Tour Closing.”
Collectibles additionally embrace NFTs devoted to varied chess items (reminiscent of a pawn and a bishop) on the blockchain.
Because the NFT increase 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 ladies’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.