Following the end of its partnership with EA, FIFA has announced that it is working on a portfolio of Web3 games ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. So far, there are four games in development that will use blockchain technology.
AI League is a 4v4 casual game played between AI controlled characters and players will act as coaches and offer their opinion in tactical moments. Players can also collect and trade characters between teams.
Uplandme uses virtual properties and allows players to travel to a replica of the FIFA World Cup stadium and purchase items to customize their home.
Matchday is a game based on social prediction by using cards. In it, players can collect and own Matchday player cards that have the names, images and likenesses of professional players.
The last, Phygti, is an app that generates digital rewards. It appears to be an initiative that allows gamers to capture and perpetuate their favorite FIFA World Cup images and videos.
“This is a hugely exciting set of partnerships that we have established to welcome a new, digitally native football fan and engage with them in spaces where we know they are already active,” said FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Romy Gai. .
He continues: “As we continue to build our long-term gaming strategy, web 3.0 is sure to play a major role, and this marks the start of our journey.”
It is are the first initiatives of FIFA games since parting ways with EA in May. FIFA plans to launch new football and non-simulation games from the third quarter of 2022.
Although blockchain gaming has been heavily criticized in the industry, some companies are embracing it, such as Square Enix. The company recently announced Symbiogenesis, an art NFT project, which disappointed fans who thought it was a rumored revival of Parasite Eve.