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What about NFT:s in football games?

What is a NFT?
NFT stands for Non Fungible Token. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2021) defines it as: “a unique digital identifier that cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided, that is recorded in a blockchain, and that is used to certify authenticity and ownership (as of a specific digital asset and specific rights relating to it)”. 

So what impact can such digital identifier of ownership have in a football game?
From what I’ve seen so far in the football gaming genre there hasn’t been any real eye popping dives into NFT:s from game developers, but from what I understand and my suggestion that follows it could potentially be a gold mine. 

In Football Manager (FM) you can take over any club in the world and face the realism of that club’s position – all clubs have different setups and the amount of detail and time you can put into it could rapidly turn you into a digital football addict (I’ve been there).

Also in FM your team produces new talents that come through the youth system – you can also have a look at trial games to see if there are any jewels that catches your eye.  All players in FM can be given a training scheme to follow and hopefully the youngsters will start to improve and develop their skills. Just like in real life youngsters are early or late bloomers , but most result in average players that go on to play in lower divisions. Every once in a while that superstar would come along and that could mean a real cash flow for you and your club. If that player spent enough time with you – you as a club (or as manager/coach) could be seen as the original owner of that player’s digital print. 

What if the time you put in was reflected in new game mode?
The big football games today (PES and FIFA) make their money on different kinds of in-game coin-based ecosystems which also offers the users the ability to invest real money to buy the best players. These players can be used in the popular FUT or MyClub modes in those games. To many users the advantage of buying yourself the best players is unfair (pay to win) because we all come from different economical backgrounds and to get where the users buying the best players are would probably take 1000 of hours of game time. 

Here’s my suggestion: If invested time in your players development was the currency, and to try and mine and grind out the best blockchain created youth players was a new objective, then maybe that could create a new game mode and an equally interesting world for players? The new mode would consist of both real players and created ones but without a “pay to win” market for the real players. It would however have a transfer market for the players that you and other players created, and that would be the NFT transfer market where your digitally owned player license for those players could be sold to someone else. 

The FUT and MyClub modes won’t be going away anytime soon, but introducing this new alternative mode together with FUT/MyClub could be seen as more fair for those who cannot or don’t want to pay. In the games that are coming this mode could stand on its own from the start.

What do you think about this idea? Let me know in the comments below!