Sorare set to launch NFT-based fantasy NBA game this autumn

Blockchain-based fantasy sports game maker Sorare will launch the first officially-licensed fantasy NBA game this autumn, it has announced. 

The game is developed in partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the NBA players’ union, Sorare said on September 7. It will use official NBA league and team logos.

Similar to other Sorare games, players can buy and sell digital cards representing basketball players to build a team to their liking. They can then earn points based on the players’ real-life performances. The game will also offer free-to-play experiences.

Sorare has gained popularity with its NFT-based fantasy football games, with over two million registered users in 185 countries and territories. It has hundreds of licensing deals with professional teams around the world, including Japan’s J-League, and has tennis player Serena Williams as a board advisor. The NBA deal is Sorare’s third partnership with a US sports league.

The upcoming game will add to a slew of NFT projects with NBA elements. Dapper Labs has converted memorable NBA moments into NFTs with its game NBA Top Shot. 

Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry launched an NFT drop in partnership with US sports brand Under Armor last December to mark his record-breaking three pointers in NBA history. As well, former Chicago Bulls legend and businessman Michael Jordan, known as the ‘God of Basketball’, and his son Jeffrey, launched an NFT collection called HEIR.