The US National Basketball Association (NBA) and its associated union, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are collaborating with CryptoKitties designer Dapper Labs on a new crypto collectible game set to be released by 2020.
The announcement was made on the NBPA’s official website.
The crypto game will reportedly be named NBA Top Shot. It is described as a roster-building competition that will depend on crypto collectibles.
The NBPA’s announcement also stated that fans can collect live NBA footage that can be utilized to assemble a competing team for the game. The player also has the option to keep the footage or trade it as a collectible.
Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou also shared his thoughts on what the upcoming game will offer. He acknowledged the immense popularity and influence held by the NBA and its players and said NBA Top Shot would allow the sport’s fans to interact with their favorite teams, players, and fellow game enthusiasts.
Guaranteed to be authentic
Gharegozlou added that Dapper Labs will use the latest blockchain technology to develop assets and create experiences that are guaranteed to be authentic. He also said the assets will be limited editions, permanent, and portable in ways that hasn’t been done digitally before.
The NBA’s involvement with blockchain has been growing steadily. The Sacramento Kings are working with a crypto mining hardware company to install Ether (ETH) machines in the city’s Golden 1 Center. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers has added crypto company UnitedCoin as one of its official partners. UnitedCoin will enjoy some ad space with the basketball team in return for providing them with a fintech inroad.