Meet Immortal Game, a startup that desires to show chess right into a web3 recreation with NFTs, play-to-earn rewards, quests, a market and extra. On-line chess has by no means been so fashionable and Immortal Sport desires to make the most of that pattern to modernize the sport.
The corporate has raised $15.5 million throughout two rounds, together with a $12 million spherical in July. With this Sequence A spherical, TCG Crypto is main the spherical, with Cassius, Greenfield One, Sparkle Ventures, Kevin Durant and Wealthy Kleiman’s 35V, Blockwall, Kraken Ventures and Spice Capital additionally taking part.
Chess gamers can already entry Immortal Video games’s platform on beta.immortal.game. After creating your account, you possibly can select 4 chess items out of your stock and begin enjoying with another person.
These chess items have been designed by Immortal Sport and signify conventional chess items, akin to pawns, bishops, knights, and many others. For those who win and handle to finish some aspect quests (akin to “Win with at the very least 1 of my knights remaining”), you get rewards.
However there’s additionally a metagame. Particular items are additionally NFTs with totally different rarity ranges. You’ll be able to commerce them on Immortal Sport’s market for ETH. The corporate additionally has utility tokens (CMT) that you could get relying on you leaderboard rating, and governance tokens (IGE).
From that basis, Immortal Sport has bold plans with league tournaments and new recreation modes. Behind the scenes, the corporate makes use of Immutable X as its layer-2 resolution on high of the Ethereum blockchain.
“An inflection level within the adoption of blockchain expertise for shopper gaming has been reached,” Immortal Sport co-founder and CEO Thomas Zaepffel stated in a press release. “Chess is a centuries outdated recreation that advantages from this expertise, preserving its heritage whereas attracting a brand new group of gamers. We’re excited for the assist of fifty Grand Masters as we proceed to broaden the attain of this unimaginable recreation.”
There are at present 20 individuals engaged on Immortal Sport. The corporate releases 30 new items per day. Since June 2022, the corporate has generated 200 ETH in transaction quantity on its market. There are 50,000 registered gamers with 5,000 energetic gamers per week.
That’s not lots of people, which suggests that there’s a lot of room for progress. Thousands and thousands of individuals play chess on cellular apps and on-line websites. If Immortal Sport manages to persuade a fraction of these gamers to check out its web3 chess platform, it could possibly be a profitable enterprise.