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AC Milan employs blockchain to succeed in 450 million followers amid COVID lockdowns

01/18/2021

European soccer giants AC Milan are the newest main sporting establishment to make use of blockchain-based fan tokens in a bid to succeed in 450 million followers amid lockdown.

European soccer big AC Milan is the newest sporting group to leap on the blockchain bandwagon after it introduced the approaching launch of the $ACM fan token on the Chiliz (CHZ) blockchain.

With the launch anticipated to begin within the coming weeks, ACM token holders will be capable to use their tokens to redeem numerous unique rewards and participate in interactive actions with the membership and gamers.

The addition of AC Milan takes the variety of sporting organizations on the Chiliz blockchain to twenty. These embody fellow European soccer heavyweights FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, and Atletico Madrid, in addition to numerous e-sports groups, and main MMA group, the UFC.

Previously, soccer followers have used cryptocurrency tokens as a method to have interaction with their favourite groups in plenty of methods. Examples embody followers of Cyprus-based membership, Apollon FC, selecting the group’s first opponent for a pleasant match, and even deciding on the membership’s residence and away strips for the 2020/2021 season.

Barcelona followers used the tokens to vote on the position of a fan-designed paintings within the group dressing room, whereas Juventus followers had a say in selecting the membership’s new celebration tune. Holders of AS Roma’s fan token had been even in a position to ask questions of the group’s head coach throughout a stay press convention.

Chiliz tokens are accessible via the Socios.com app, which has reportedly been downloaded 450,000 occasions, producing token gross sales exceeding 14 million in quantity.

Many Chiliz tokens have since been listed on the Binance cryptocurrency alternate, which initially launched a staking program for numerous tokens, earlier than opening up direct buying and selling towards Bitcoin (BTC) and Tether (USDT).

Casper Stylsvig, chief income officer of AC Milan, mentioned the choice to make use of blockchain know-how was motivated partly by a need to realize additional outreach to the membership’s 450 million world followers — a activity made all of the extra vital throughout COVID-19 lockdown:

“We’re joyful to hitch arms with Socios.com and welcome them to our household as a world accomplice. This partnership permits us to provide our 450 million followers the world over one other thrilling method to work together with AC Milan, which is especially vital underneath the present circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Alexander Dreyfus, founder and CEO of Chiliz and Socios.com, mentioned he hoped to determine fan-tokens as the first fan-engagement instrument and expects it to turn into a brand new income generator within the sports activities area:

“Followers of the I Rossoneri (AC Milan) will be capable to take pleasure in unprecedented engagement with their favorite group, influencing the membership in polls, accessing VIP rewards, unique promotions, chat boards and far more.”

Socios claims to have generated $30 million in income for golf equipment and companions in little over 12-months because it launched. Its FC Barcelona (BAR) fan token sale offered out to the tune of $1.2 million in simply 2 hours in June 2020, whereas commerce volumes of the Juventus (JUV) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) tokens exceeded $300 million inside days of being listed on Binance.