Dapper Labs, the blockchain game developer, known for their blockchain-based, CryptoKitties, has collaborated with the NBA and the NBA Players Association in order to offer tokenized highlights featuring the premier basketball league’s most popular players.
As per a report by Fortune, the game will be called NBA Top Shot and leverages non-fungible tokens, the same technology that powers CryptoKitties. This will allow only a limited amount of each highlight to be issued, and each will have a unique marker. The report also says that there are plans to expand the gameplay and introduce game modes that will enable users to compete with their players against other users.
Caty Tedman, a Dapper Labs executive told Fortune that the most iconic highlights such as game-winning shots will possibly be sold via auctions, while other highlights will be available to players at a fixed price.
Roham Gharegozlou, the CEO of Dapper Labs, told the publication that the game is most likely to be launched on the Ethereum ETH, 1.76% network, although other blockchain platforms are also being explored. Let’s recall that the sudden surge of popularity of CryptoKitties in late 2017 caused the Ethereum network to decrease in performance considerably.
A similar project, MLB Champions, has already been launched by Major League Baseball, the top baseball league in the world. In the Ethereum-based game, users collect unique digital figurines representing baseball players and win rewards based on their performance in real-life games. However, MLB Champions has not exactly caught on – after peaking at around 250 daily users in September 2018, the player base shrank, and the DApp only had 39 users and 233 transactions in the last 24 hours, according to data provided by DappRadar.