Written by Greg Thomson
Football-Stars is a fantasy football management game where players pick a squad of their favourite footballers and are awarded points based on the real-life performances of the players on the pitch.
The game has been around since 2016, and has since become affiliated with German football magazine, Kicker – one of the biggest sporting magazines and websites in Germany. At the same time, the game is officially licensed to use real players from the top German league – the Bundesliga.
And now the team behind the game are launching the STRYKZ token – an ERC20 token which aims to expand the possibilities of Football-Stars and push it into the blockchain era.
With the implementation of the STRYKZ token, players of Football-Stars will be able to compete against each other directly, with the tokens being used as wagers and rewards in daily user-set challenges.
Fantasy football apps have become extremely popular in recent years, and many have launched in the last month alone purely in anticipation of the World Cup. However, up until now none have thought to tokenize the process.
A Manager’s Salary
The average fan might be tempted to the Football-Stars platform by the promise of actually getting paid for what they do on other football management games for free. But the STRYKZ token’s utility stretches beyond being a monetary reward for successful managers.
The STRYKZ team aim to make Football-Stars into a self-propelled, user-generated platform – where players set their own challenges, and ultimately build a self-sustaining football management economy.
Players will be able to earn their own tokens in a multitude of ways, such as: winning challenges against other users; setting up challenges for others; contributing media content to the fan pages; reporting on real-life football news, such as whether or not a player is injured, as well as for updating the community with news from smaller leagues which may not be covered by the main data providers.
Ultimately, Football-Stars is aiming to become a football hub with the implementation of the STRYKZ token – the ICO of which is already under way, having launched on June 29th.
On and Off the Pitch
STRYKZ is represented ‘on the pitch’ by former World Player of the Year, Luis Figo. The much loved Portuguese legend set new precedents during his playing career, being one of the few players to transfer from Barcelona to their most hated rivals, Real Madrid. His $49 million transfer was a world record back in 2000, and he is the player who most inspired fellow Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
Figo acts as a brand ambassador for STRYKZ, lending his global profile to the fantasy football platform. Figo said:
“When I heard about Football-Stars for the first time I immediately liked the idea. Football is becoming more and more data driven with detailed statistics about all aspects of the game — this is what Stryking’s platform utilizes to create a compelling fan experience.”
Meanwhile, ‘off the pitch’, STRYKZ is backed up by Gaurang Torvekar – the CEO of recently launched Indorse – the blockchain-based professional networking platform which has already drawn comparisons with LinkedIn.
Rising Up the Leagues
The acquisition of official Bundesliga assets is a major plus for Stryking Entertainment GmbH – the company behind the project. Even mainstream football management games, like the popular Football Manager series, have struggled to gain certain rights in Germany in recent years.
STRYKZ represents a unique crossover between the football, gaming, and crypto industries; and will be hoping to make space for itself somewhere in between all three.