The NFL and NFLPA have announced a partnership with venture-backed next-generation game technology company Mythical Games to develop NFL Rivals, a blockchain-based fantasy game that will launch for web and mobile in early 2023. Fans will be able to own and trade NFT collectibles of players and use them to build lineups to compete in fantasy games against other users.
OneTeam Partners facilitated the deal on behalf of the NFLPA, which marks the NFL’s first blockchain-enabled video game. A “Rarity League” collection of 3D NFTs for all 32 NFL franchises will be released ahead of the game’s launch. Owners of those NFTs include access to special events and in-game rewards.
Mythical Games Chief Creative Officer Jamie Jackson said, “NFTs with utility can add value to players in-game, and we can’t wait to bring these concepts to NFL Rivals to evolve the team management genre by adding the advantages of play-and-own games, offering the community new ways to engage with their favorite teams and players both in and outside this virtual world.”
Mythical Games will host the mobile and web-based NFL Rivals on its Mythical Platform, which gaming publishers use to integrate blockchain-based play-to-earn features into their games. NFL Rivals will compliment another NFT-based fantasy football game that the NFLPA will launch with DraftKings ahead of the 2022 season. Skillz will additionally debut a separate mobile NFL game later this year, while the league’s first licensed virtual reality game built by StatusPro will launch on PlayStation VR and Meta Quest in the fall.