Even America’s favorite pastime will soon enter into the world of blockchain, after an exciting new announcement from Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball has revealed Crypto Baseball – an Ethereum-based Dapp game, similar to the ever popular Dapp standard, CryptoKitties. The game is being developed as part of a partnership with Los Angeles-based computer software company Lucid Sight, Inc.
Lucid Sight has experience building monetized games for big brands built on emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, and of course, blockchain.
Crypto Baseball is a blockchain-based game focusing on collectibles; in this case, a digital mashup of a baseball card and a bobble-heads based on actual MLB players and likenesses, all adorned in the jersey and gear of the MLB teams they represent.
Like CryptoKitties – which MLB Executive Vice President of Gaming and New Business Ventures Kenny Gersh said served as inspiration and validation of their vision with Crypto Baseball – users are able to obtain cartoonish collectible avatars that they are later able to sell or trade. In addition, users are able to earn rewards such as stickers.
"We were already talking to Lucid Sight around the time that CryptoKitties first came out," Gersh said. "And then CryptoKitties sort of validated it…”
According to Gersh, MLB has been considering cryptocurrency and blockchain for some time, but eventually landed on developing an engaging game for fans. Gersh explained:
“We talked a long time ago about bitcoin and whether we should accept it as payment for MLB.tv and some of our other products, and we opted not to.”
“At the end of the day we decided that isn’t our business, we’re not in the speculation business. We’re in the business of delivering baseball to fans. So this game is a more interesting intersection of blockchain technology and what we do.”
Lucid Sight Co-Founder Octavio Herrera told Yahoo Finance that the game isn’t just for “tech savvy people,” and will eventually expose the mainstream audience to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Herrara concluded:
“…I do think people will open up Coinbase accounts, buy some ether, and transfer it to MetaMask, in order to collect these things they’ll enjoy so much.”
An official website for the game is now live at MLBCryptoBaseball.com, and the site says that iOS and Android versions are coming soon.