HomeNewsBusinessAmerican FootballUSA

Fan Controlled Football League signs blockchain partner for debut season

The Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL), a new indoor American football league that is set to launch in the US next year, has struck up a partnership with blockchain consulting group New Alchemy.

The two parties will now work together to launch the league’s tokens, with New Alchemy to assist in developing the FCFL blockchain ecosystem.

The FCFL will be the first competition of its kind to be powered by blockchain, combining fantasy football and video games with a real-life American football match. The inaugural contest will feature eight teams, with fans able to call plays in real-time during games by voting on a few choices.

Sohrob Farudi, co-founder and chief executive of the FCFL, said: “New Alchemy’s experience and knowledge of the blockchain industry makes them a valuable partner for managing FAN Tokens and the online FCFL network. We look forward to working together to give the power back to the fans and are excited to have Peter come on board as not only an advisor and strategic partner, but also as a keystone investor.”

Peter Vessenes, managing director of New Alchemy, who has invested in the new ‘FAN Token’ official token ecosystem as part of the agreement, added: “As a strategic partner and investor, we are excited to help trailblaze the future of sports by enabling fans from all over the world to experience managing a real team and see a direct impact from their decisions.”

Earlier this month, the FCFL agreed a two-year rights deal with Twitch. The social video platform will broadcast live coverage of games on its own platform, while fans can also access matches via the FCFL mobile application.

Fans watching the games on their desktops or phones through Twitch will be presented with an interactive video overlay that will allow them to make quick decisions to influence a live game.

The IMG agency’s Original Content division will produce all content for Twitch. The seven-a-side league will grant fans a role in choosing their teams’ players, coaches and general managers, along with their names and logos.