It’s an unmissable time for underdog athletes and overlooked talent in the world of sport and nonfungible tokens (NFTs), as Urbanball will become the world’s first play-to-earn street football mobile game, built on the BNB Chain. Urbanball NFTs consist of character and skill cards, which are required to play the game.

  • Character cards are based on real-life street football players who earned their place by winning and impressing at one-versus-one (1v1) football tournaments in their home countries. These tournaments are hosted by two-time World Freestyle Football Champion Sean Garnier, whose character will also be included in the drop as the top draw.
  • Skill cards consist of different football techniques that can be used to enhance the performance of characters in the game.

There will be a variety of game modes where users will have their characters compete in player-versus-player and player-versus-environment battles, with winners earning special rewards. 

Garnier has 19 million social media followers and 2 billion video views and has teamed up with Ex Sports, a fan-engagement platform, to give real-life athletes increased exposure and new potential revenue through innovative NFTs that can be used in future games. 

There are multiple NFT drops planned throughout the year in the runup to a full IGO set for December 2022. Each drop will contain new characters based on high performers and winners of real-life 1v1 football tournaments, such as Adonias Fonseca, Mehdi Amri and Radheya Marca, who cumulatively have more than 5 million social media followers. The tournaments give everyone the opportunity to participate, no matter where they hail from in the world. 

The first NFT mystery box will consist of either a character or skill card from the United Kingdom pack and will drop exclusively on the Binance NFT marketplace Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 11 am UTC.

Ex Sports and Garnier pre-launched the world’s first freestyle football NFTs at Gulf Information Technology Exhibition 2021 in the Dubai World Trade Centre, which was the year’s largest and most exciting technology exhibition worldwide. The same venue also hosted Binance Blockchain Week from March 28-30, 2022.

Alongside the NFT pre-launch, Ex Sports recently hosted a unique three-day tournament in partnership with Dubai Tourism and Redbull, which saw five of the world’s top street football talents compete and showcase their incredible skills. Each of the talents were scouted and flown into Dubai from a different country, and many will be part of the initial NFT drop on Binance NFT, allowing them to earn royalty fees through NFTs.

The collaboration between Binance NFT and Ex Sports developed because both recognize the potential to nurture up-coming talent while also supporting the growth of niche sports. Ex Sports aggregates sports IPs and aims to create an ecosystem with real beneficial utility for underdog athletes.

About Binance NFT

Binance NFT, the official NFT marketplace of Binance, offers an open market for artists, creators, crypto enthusiasts, NFT collectors and creative fans worldwide, with the best liquidity and minimal fees. It consists of three product lines: premium events, mystery boxes and a marketplace. Now, Binance NFT aims to build the first and largest GameFi NFT-trading platform for gaming projects via IGOs, featuring core in-game assets from top gaming projects. 

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About Ex Sports

Ex Sports is a full-circle fan-engagement platform centered on an NFT marketplace, live streaming, gaming and e-commerce. A core mission is to promote athletes in niche sports such as Muay Thai, jujitsu, powerlifting and street football that have huge fan bases but can often be overlooked in comparison to the likes of premiership players, NFL pros and NBA athletes that are currently lining their pockets in the new and lucrative world of NFTs and digital collectibles. 

EX Sports is fighting for these underdogs. 

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