New York City, June 6, 2022 — Led by a robust team of Web3 developers and former OnlyFans executives, Zoop is launching its digital collectible-trading platform powered by Polygon, the decentralized Ethereum scaling ecosystem. Zoop’s platform lets users buy, sell, collect and trade 3D digital playing cards of their favorite celebrities.
On Zoop, fans can acquire officially licensed, limited-edition digital cards and can sell and trade them in secondary markets.
“Zoop is the trusted home for authentic celebrity card drops, enabling all fans, regardless of their technical expertise, to participate in the Web3 space. We hold users’ hands as they compete in acquiring digital collectables in the auction process, show off their holdings to friends and ‘collect to connect’ with their favorite celebrities of today and tomorrow. Zoop provides access to communities based on the cards users own and rewards points to users for their interactions with each other and within these communities. We are excited to be launching [in] summer 2022,” said RJ Phillips, founder and co-CEO of Zoop. “It’s a win for the celebrities, creates excitement for the fans and [is] a new way for brands to connect with their customers.”
Zoop is capitalizing on the booming blockchain gamification market, which grew to a $40-billion industry in 2021 and is predicted to grow to $147 billion by 2026. By launching the platform and combining it with today’s influencer-driven creator economy, Zoop’s app lets fans collect 3D digital trading cards of their favorite influencers and celebrities, fostering a closer connection between fans and influencers.
Fans can buy, sell and trade cards, and compete in competitions and challenges to gain points, unlocking special rewards such as access to like-minded communities. Zoop’s inclusive ecosystem is creating value for digital trading cards by enabling a fully transparent leaderboard.
The Zoop team will be led by co-CEOs Phillips and Tim Stokely, tech entrepreneur and founder of OnlyFans. Stokely, who will be joining the team in time for the launch this summer, brings extensive knowledge of the creator economy and a proven track record in building a true tech unicorn, while Phillips’ expertise in growth and scaling makes for the perfect leadership team. Together, Stokely and Phillips plan to use their past career successes and knowledge of the creator economy to scale Zoop into a global digital trading card ecosystem driving value for creators and fans alike.
As a precursor to the launch, Zoop is offering a limited number of pre-launch Priority Passes (PP), which reward the earlier adopters with a host of perks, both in-app and real-life, in addition to exclusive airdrops only for PP holders. The first batch of PPs is available now at mint.ZoopCards.com.
Zoop is building its digital marketplace on the globally recognized Polygon blockchain network. Like Zoop, Polygon believes in Web3 for all, making them an ideal partner and blockchain of choice for the Zoop platform. Its low transaction costs and high-security standards make card trading on Zoop safe and accessible for all. Polygon’s sustainability commitment to make its nonfungible tokens (NFTs) carbon-negative by the end of 2022 is another important factor for Zoop.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Zoop team as they build out their platform on Polygon. Zoop aligns with our mission to bring Web3 technologies to a much broader demographic, and allowing fans to connect to their favorite celebrities via Polygon is another step towards this goal,” said Michael Blank, chief operating officer of Polygon Studios, who has provided Zoop with services such as technical support, Web3 game design and distribution, asset expansion and more.
Zoop’s announcement comes just weeks after Instagram began minting its own NFTs on Polygon’s carbon-neutral network.
Zoop is building an entire ecosystem based on officially licensed celebrity-digital trading cards. Fans can easily buy, sell, trade and collect the celebrities and influencers they idolize and admire through cutting-edge blockchain technology.
On Zoop, fans can build their card collections and earn fan rewards with exclusive celebrity experiences while forging communities of like-minded collectors. Zoop cards garner authenticity through official partnerships, with an unrivaled roster of celebrities and brands onboard. To learn more, visit ZoopCards.com.
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