Interview with Co-founder Fred Saurat
Can you tell us about the story of KS Football and why you created it?
There are several key principles that drove us to develop KS Football:
- First, we are sport and football fans and we wanted to build a game that we are excited to play.
- Second, the game aims to provide really fun entertainment by reinventing the collectible sports cards experience using blockchain to make the game cards interactive and unique tokenized digital artwork and a source of earnings.
- Third, the team behind the game wanted to provide a frictionless experience to players by removing the usual pain of on-boarding blockchain games. KS Football offers simple game access (directly on mobile or desktop) removing the need to install complex crypto bridges.
The game is built for mass adoption and thanks to the NEM blockchain and its flexibility, it enabled us to develop our innovative game platform.
How does KS Football work?
Football (soccer) is our sports pilot. The game offers simple and exciting gameplay and is great entertainment for football and crypto fans. The game is based on auctions, trades and battles. Players are invited to build a portfolio of cards which are unique artworks, attached to a blockchain contract and tokens.
Each card is an original illustration of a team or a player. Gamers earn rewards based on the performance of the card counterparts in real leagues during the football season. Gamers can develop their portfolio by buying cards in the weekly auctions, trading card tokens in the game marketplace (becoming a card shareholder) or earning cards during giveaway sessions.
They can also acquire special cards from a “Top Players” list or from the “Office of Legends”. These special cards provide power for the Battles. Players can challenge other cards holders in battle by engaging card tokens. The battles are based on the card counterparts’ live games and enable players to steal opponent card tokens and earn game points to rank well on the leaderboard while earning fun and collectable rewards.
KS Football relies on a unique balancing act of maintaining a solid experience for the crypto fans who can play and earn with their favourite coins (XEM, BTC, ETH, BNB, TRX for now) while also being easy to play for the hundreds of millions Football fans who don’t have crypto and can play and share the same experience using game credits.
Why did you decide to use the NEM platform?
First (like everyone in the industry) we studied the possibility of developing the game on the Ethereum/ERC platform. We have solid experience in building scalable platforms and we quickly saw that, for now, Ethereum was not the right platform for us to develop a scalable business as there are many problems that are yet to be solved.
We discovered NEM via the NEM team in Manila and I immediately felt that it was the platform for us. The flexibility of the NEM blockchain with its API system enabled us to build the gameplay off-chain and to manage on-chain the transactions and the tokenized assets. Also with the Mosaic system we saw an opportunity to build “divisible NFT” with multi shareholders of a unique asset who own mosaic tokens.
What kind of features of the NEM Blockchain/Catapult are you guys using?
The Game is based on collectible cards; The Active cards, the Collector cards (from the last season) and the Power cards (useful for battle). Each card is linked to a unique mosaic and associated to a certain number of tokens. We have created 300+ mosaic/cards as unique game assets.
We have also built an auction platform and a marketplace to trade card tokens, both are managed on the NEM blockchain with XEM transaction fees (much more affordable than Ether Gas). Some new features coming with NEM 2.0 “Catapult” will be interesting for us to provide more fun in the game like blockchain interoperability and swap.
What are you currently working on?
We are working on the new season (open to public) that will start mid August with the new season of the major football leagues. We have just launched the pre-season game with the first auctions that enables players to build their portfolio of cards for the season and be ready for the trades and battles.
We have tested the platform in private beta last season and we were surprised by the very positive feedback we received. The game cards increased their initial value in the auctions from more than 1000% with 700+bids.
We are also preparing the platform for the next step with the localization of the game which includes a collaboration with local partners in strategic countries to develop the local language and the integration of local football leagues. (Japan, China, Korea, South Am, Turkish are in the pipe).
Later this year we will start to introduce new sports on the KS Game platform.
How do people sign up/ play?
You can visit the website here (on desktop or mobile) to read about the gameplay and enter the game to sign up and play. Registration is free and you can earn free cards with our referral program.
ABOUT KSports Lab
Founded in 2018, KSports lab “KSL” is the creator of the KS Game platform and KS Football, the game pilot. KSL technology brings blockchain benefits to PC and mobile games while providing a new exciting experience to collectible cards fans. The company has built and continue to develop blockchain solutions for tokenized assets auction and trading, multi currencies (crypto and fiat) payments, tokenization of game credits, management of digital collectible assets via a stable coin and other tools which will structure the future of online games.
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