September 12, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Golden State Warriors basketball team co-owner, and online retailer Zappos’ founder, Nick Swinmurn has announced entry into the non-fungible token game with Play Hellebore, a sports-style platform that lets users predict the outcome of professional sports games for blockchain-based prizes.
Users can begin by purchasing a “Siber” NFT for 0.03 ETH (around $50), which grants them access to the site where they can form leagues and play head-to-head matchups to win “NFT prizes, merch and unique fan engagement experiences,” according to a statement shared by the company.
The game is the latest addition to the larger fantasy sports NFT family. The top-heavy genre is currently dominated by Sorare and Dapper Labs, who both tout partnerships with nearly all of the major sports leagues.
“Play Hellebore isn’t meant to replace traditional fantasy sports,” Swinmurn told CoinDesk. “We expect crypto natives [to be] early adopters that know the value of digital ownership, but we are also passionate about helping to educate and onboard newcomers.”
The mint for Play Hellebore has opened, and the first sports users can predict outcomes of baseball, football and soccer.
The company plans to add games like hockey, golf, tennis and basketball integrations by the end of 2023, according to its website.
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Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.