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Blocksport AG launches strategic partnership with AquaBloom International Sports Technology Group (ABSG) to enter HK and mainland China sports market

HONG KONG / ZUG, April 17th, 2024 — Off the back of the recent partnership announcements with the leading football club in the Philippines, United City FC, and the esport team and the Asian champion in the Free Fire Master League (FFML), Team Thorrad, from Indonesia, Blocksport has signed a strategic partnership with the HK’s leading SportsTech Platform AquaBloom International Sports Technology Group (ABSG). This partnership is designed to increase Blocksport’s footprint across Asia and bring its innovation and technology to the Asia market that’s already recognised the Swiss Sports Tech award winning business as some of the Blocksport key investors include the HK and Chinese companies such as Aveslair, FBG Capital and Spark Digital Capital.

Blocksport, a prominent SportsTech solutions provider based in Zug, Switzerland, is poised to enter the new market whose web3 solutions help sporting properties in football, basketball, rugby and hockey, to name a few, and esport teams to deep their fan engagement and improve existing revenues as well as create new ones through the power of its digital infrastructure and fan engagement platform. This partnership aims to bring innovative solutions to the sports industry in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Asia as a whole, leveraging the strengths of both organisations and their respective networks.

ABSG’s partnerships include some of the biggest sporting properties in the world such as LALIGA and NIKE, and at the recent Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF), a spotlight was cast on SportsTech, which has seen remarkable growth in recent years, and ABSG has played a pivotal role in driving that agenda and massively contributed to that success.

ABSG works with many powerful, government backed organisations, such as Cyberport, and jointly they recently brought together prominent figures in sports, tech, academia and policymaking to explore the field’s latest breakthroughs and trends where the experts exchanged views on topics such as the capital markets, industry clusters, sports innovations and business partnerships, also discussing what it takes to foster Hong Kong’s SportsTech ecosystem and cluster and establish Cyberport as the SportsTech innovation hub.
Other worthy initiatives were announced including  the partnership with Wanda Sports , which plan to bring the China Cup International Football Championship to Hong Kong. This international tournament will allow start-ups and tech companies to showcase their SportsTech to a global audience. The partnership also aims to bring global sports-focused family offices and investment funds to Hong Kong to grow its SportsTech ecosystem together with government agencies.

The strategic partnership between ABSG and Blocksport is aimed to introduce Blocksport to the Greater China market and present its platform for the benefit of the sports industry as a whole.

Founded in 2019, Blocksport has swiftly gained recognition for its cutting-edge SportsTech solutions, with a strong focus on blockchain technology and is today the force to be reckoned with partnering up with some of the world’s biggest brand and the biggest sponsors of the sport industry internationally.

Mike Yang, Founder and CEO of AquaBloom International Sports Technology Group (ABSG) said: “”ABSG is delighted to welcome Blocksport from Switzerland, another world-class Sports Web3.0 strategic partner and Eco-member to our global SportsTech platform.

We are also very happy for the rapid growth of Blocksport in the last few years and big congratulations to the signature partnership with Deutsche Telekom AG recently!

In addition, ABSG as a globalised SportsTech platform from Asia, we aim to be an one-stop solution hub for top-notch SportsTech companies to gain success in Asia markets and create great synergies with ABSG’s Ecosystem and Major Innovation Projects (MIPs). Looking forward to ABSG x Blocksport’s future various collaborations and strive together for the development of the global SportsTech industry!”.”

Samir Ceric, Chief Operating Officer of Blocksport said: “Mike and I have known each other for some time now and have discussed on multiple occasions the potential of sports tech space not only in HK and across mainland China and Asia as a whole but globally too. Seeing an incredible track record and success one of the organisations he founded, AquaBloom International Sports Technology Group, has achieved over the years, we could not think of a better partner to join forces with in that part of the world as well as globally too. We are looking forward to the journey ahead and have no doubts that Mike Yang and his team will make a huge difference in Blocksport’s ambition to expand our footprint across Asia. Having recently properly expanded our footprint across South East Asia, with recently announced partnerships in the Philippines (United City FC) and Indonesia (Team Thorrad), this strategic partnership could not have come at a more apt time. The HK scene has been close to my heart over the past 20 years and before Covid19, I was a regular visitor to the City and some of the biggest events it holds including Art Basel HK. The recent developments and advancements the HK government has been doing including the launch of the HK Ambassadors Club that’s been driving a trade agenda between HK, Singapore, Dubai and London is a great indication that HK is open for business. We very much look forward to welcoming Mike and his team to Europe and look forward to visiting his offices in HK in not too distant future.“

Notes to Editors:

About ABSG

ABSG is a globalized SportsTech & innovation platform to promote the multi-level integration and development and synergies of capital, talent, technology, market and projects in the international sports technology industry. ABSG is the unique one-stop-solution platform in the vertical field of sports technology in Asia, which has been honored and recognized by many international organizations, and is the only sports technology platform representative and ecosystem from Greater China in the Global Sports Technology Industry Report for three consecutive years. The founder, Mr. Mike Yang, has also been selected as one of the Top 30 global innovation leaders in the field of SportsTech and is the only Asian representative.

At present, ABSG has established in-depth strategic partnerships with more than 60 SportsTech & innovation platforms from 25 countries, more than 40 SportsTech investment partners. more than 100 various partners from China, and signed more around 100 top-notch SportsTech companies/IPs as Ecosystem members.

About Blocksport

Blocksport is a leading sports technology company dedicated to transforming the way fans engage with their favourite sports. Through innovative solutions such as fan apps, Web3 components, and blockchain-based features, Blocksport creates immersive and interactive experiences for sports enthusiasts worldwide. Blocksport makes fan engagement platforms future proof and power existing platforms or develops completely new ones. Its slogan is Web3 made easy. Blocksport provides its clients access to its own Blocksport platform, tech infrastructure as well as Web3 business models and expertise. It boosts existing fan engagement platforms and once a client is on it, it can level up. Its expertise, infrastructure, platform and unique front-end features ensure that client’s fan engagement is truly futureproof.

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Ihor Honcharov, Head of Marketing – ihor@blocksport.io

Blocksport and Nicaraguan Football Federation Launch Partnership, A First for Latin America and CONCACAF Setting a New Benchmark

Introduction to the Partnership

Blocksport and the Nicaraguan Football Federation (NFF) are proud to announce a new partnership that represents a significant step forward in fan engagement through digital innovation. This collaboration marks the introduction of a bespoke fan app and the issuance of official fan tokens, offering a new way for NFF to connect with its audience.

Blocksport: Enhancing Fan Engagement with Web3

At the forefront of sports and technology integration, Blocksport is dedicated to enriching the fan experience. By harnessing the power of Web3, the company is transforming how fans interact with sports teams and federations, making every game and event more engaging and interactive.

The Nicaraguan Football Federation’s Digital Evolution

The NFF is embracing digital technology by partnering with Blocksport, reflecting its commitment to innovation and enhancing the fan experience. This initiative is poised to bring NFF’s engagement with fans to new heights, leveraging technology to foster a stronger community around Nicaraguan football.

Revolutionizing the Fan Experience with a New App

The newly developed fan app is at the heart of this partnership. It will include gamification features that reward fan interaction, making every touchpoint more exciting and engaging. This approach not only enhances the fan experience but also deepens the connection between the NFF and its supporters.

Launching Official Fan Tokens: Empowering Fans

The introduction of fan tokens represents a novel way for fans to support the NFF. These tokens offer fans a more direct way to engage with the team, participate in exclusive events, and access special content, reinforcing their bond with the federation.

A New Benchmark for Latin America and CONCACAF

This collaboration is a notable first in the Latin American and CONCACAF regions, setting a new benchmark for how sports federations can engage with their fans through technology.

Leadership Insights

Vladimir Liulka, CEO of Blocksport, shared his vision, “We are excited to partner with the Nicaraguan Football Federation, bringing our innovative fan engagement solutions to Latin America and CONCACAF for the first time. Our collaboration is aimed at offering NFF fans unique experiences and new ways to connect with their favorite national team.”

Manuel Quintanilla, President of the Nicaraguan Football Federation, expressed the following:

“We are excited about this collaboration; taking this step means staying at the forefront, something that has led us to grow significantly in the region. This achievement is important for continuing to enhance our relationship with the fans. It’s a way to get closer and interact with them, and it will continue to position us as the most innovative federation in the region.”

Future of Fan Engagement

This partnership between Blocksport and the NFF is set to redefine the fan experience, leveraging digital innovation to create more meaningful interactions between fans and the federation.

Getting Involved: How Fans Can Participate

Fans can look forward to the launch of the NFF fan app and the availability of fan tokens soon. These platforms will provide fans with new ways to engage, participate, and show their support for Nicaraguan football.

Conclusion: Elevating Nicaraguan Football and Fan Engagement

The partnership between Blocksport and the Nicaraguan Football Federation marks a significant step towards enhancing fan engagement through digital innovation. By setting a new benchmark in the Latin American and CONCACAF regions, this collaboration not only brings fans closer to the game but also paves the way for future technological integration in sports.

Your All-In-One Solution: The Baskets App Creates a New Digital Fan Experience!

BONN, ZUG, Monday 25th March 2024

Become part of the Baskets community and be closer to your team than ever before: Together with Deutsche Telekom AG and Blocksport, Telekom Baskets Bonn is releasing the new Baskets fan app, which is available to download from today for iPhone and Android smartphones in the App Store and Google Play Store. Interactive challenges, betting games, digital collectables, all news and statistics on the Champions League winner: Baskets fans now have everything in one place! The integration of the ticket and fan store as well as all live statistics of the Baskets team make the app the perfect companion before, during and after Game Day at the Telekom Dome.

Very important: the app is constantly being developed! “The Baskets app already offers numerous great features, but we want to expand it further together with our fans! We look forward to the feedback from our community and will design and expand the app together. You are part of the process and therefore always involved,” says Baskets press spokesman Marius Volkmann.

The APP is also part of the joint strategy with main sponsor Deutsche Telekom AG to further advance the digitalization of Bonn’s successful club in the coming years and thus strengthen Bonn as a basketball location.

“The APP is the right tool for all fans and opens up a new form of interaction for the club, fans, partners and sponsors. For the Baskets, this step means more visibility and reach and thus also completely new marketing opportunities – incidentally also a very good measure for the implementation of the new joint multi-sponsor concept,” says Dr. Henning Stiegenroth, Head of Sports & Group Sponsoring at Deutsche Telekom AG

Work is already underway on wallet integration. In future, it will also be possible to order drinks and food at Baskets home games directly via the Baskets app and pick them up at a Fastlane counter in the Telekom Dome without having to wait long.

HEARTBERG HOTEL goes video

Another highlight: from now on, the successful Baskets podcast HEARTBERG HOTEL will also be produced as a videocast and broadcast exclusively in the app. Hosts Benny and Kumbi open the doors of “Suite Caroline” every week and welcome Baskets players, officials and other exciting guests from Bonn to their new studio.

“Working together to launch the Telekom Baskets Bonn Fan App marks the beginning of our journey together and underscores our commitment to revolutionize fan engagement through Web3 and blockchain technology. This platform offers fans unparalleled experiences, from interactive missions to exclusive rewards, including VIP access and meetings with players. Our initiative is the first step towards the joint transformation of digitalization in sports.” – Vladimir Liulka, CEO of Blocksport

First use at the home game against Oldenburg

The Baskets app will be in focus for the first time at the upcoming easyCredit BBL home game against Oldenburg on March 26, 2024 at 8 pm. Planned activation measures include voting in the app on which player will be invited to the fan talk in the foyer after the game, competitions on the social wall and the chance to secure the first exclusive digital fan badges.

Notes to editors:

Telekom Baskets Bonn

Telekom Baskets Bonn, also known as Baskets Bonn, is a German professional basketball club that is based in Bonn, Germany. Telekom Baskets Bonn is the current Champions League Winner (2023) and plays in the Basketball Bundesliga, which is the highest-level pro basketball league in Germany. The club’s home arena is the Telekom Dome.

Blocksport AG

Blocksport is a leading sports technology company dedicated to transforming the way fans engage with their favourite sports. Through innovative solutions such as fan apps, Web3 components, and blockchain-based features, Blocksport creates immersive and interactive experiences for sports enthusiasts worldwide. Blocksport makes fan engagement platforms future proof and power existing platforms or develops completely new ones. Its slogan is Web3 made easy. Blocksport provides its clients access to its own Blocksport platform, tech infrastructure as well as Web3 business models and expertise. It boosts existing fan engagement platforms and once a client is on it, it can level up. Its expertise, infrastructure, platform and unique front-end features ensure that client’s fan engagement is truly futureproof.

FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT 

Ihor Honcharov, Head of Marketing – ihor@blocksport.io  

Marius Volkmann, Head of Media / PR – volkmann@telekom-baskets-bonn.de

Partnership for Innovation: Blocksport Joins Forces with FBIN Business Network

Blocksport is proud to announce our membership with the esteemed FBIN Business Network! This partnership marks a pivotal moment in our journey, aligning us with a global platform dedicated to revolutionizing the football industry beyond the field.

FBIN stands at the forefront of supporting development in the football sector, catering to rights holders, companies, and individuals passionate about the sport’s business side. Their commitment to facilitating growth through networks, educational offerings, events, and research publications sets a new standard in the industry.

Vladimir Liulka, CEO of Blocksport: “Blocksport is thrilled to announce its partnership with the FBIN network. Joining forces with FBIN represents an exciting opportunity for us to expand our reach and provide innovative sports solutions to an even broader audience. Together, we look forward to revolutionizing the sports industry and delivering unparalleled experiences to fans worldwide.“

FBIN’s dedication to non-sports-related aspects of football, from providing services to organizations to organizing valuable events and creating insightful content, mirrors our mission to innovate and enhance the sports landscape.

“We are delighted to welcome Blocksport to the FBIN Business Network, an internationally active, innovative company whose aim is to create new opportunities for the football business industry,” says Thomas Maurer, Managing Director of FBIN.

As we embark on this journey with FBIN, we remain committed to leveraging our expertise in web3 digital infrastructure to open new revenue streams and transform the sports industry. Join us in celebrating this significant milestone!

United City FC and Blocksport join forces to revolutionize club experience through Web3 technology

Manila, Zug 04 March 2024 – On the back of the successful launch of its dedicated Fan App, United City Football Club is thrilled to get its strategic partnership with Blocksport, a pioneering Swiss-based company founded in 2019, started. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for United City FC, as it embraces the power of Web3 and blockchain technologies to enhance fan engagement and unlock new revenue streams.

About UCFC:

United City Football Club (UCFC) is a SEC-registered Filipino professional football club company that aims to promote and build values such as equality, diversity, and leadership through sports. 

UCFC is a member of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the Philippines’ professional level of men’s club football in the country, and the official representative of the Central Luzon Football Association. UCFC, formerly known as Ceres-Negros before it changed its name in 2020, is currently the 4x defending national champion in the PFL and 2x winner of the Copa Paulino Alcantara. UCFC is also the 2x Philippines representative on the AFC Champions League group stage level (2021,2022), the biggest Asian football tournament.   

As a mission, the Club stands to help re-invigorate young athletes, families, and the local community through discipline, hard work, and passion. The ambition is to further set the gold standard for best practices in SE Asia – be it on the football field, or within the community – and to provide a pathway and equal opportunities for the next generation of young talent in their pursuit of sporting & educational excellence.

UCFC is the most followed professional football club in the Philippines and the only club active on all major social media platforms. Its winning tradition and the ability to bring the best Filipino players to play for UCFC has gained the Club the reputation of being the foremost football club from the Philippines with a strong reach into South East Asia and beyond

“At Blocksport, we are committed to empowering sports clubs with innovative solutions that transcend traditional boundaries. Our collaboration with United City FC signifies a bold step towards the future of fan engagement. Furthermore my trip to Manila a few months ago to participate at the Business of Football conference confirmed to us that the Philippines and the South East Asian region including Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, are the markets with a huge potential hence this partnerships marks the start of the Blocksport footprint in this part of the world. By combining the power of Web3 and blockchain, we aim to create a digital ecosystem that meets and exceeds the expectations of the modern fan. Together with United City FC, we are paving the way for a new era in sports technology not just in the Philippines but beyond.” – Samir Ceric, COO of Blocksport

The partnership between United City FC and Blocksport opens the door to various fan engagement activities, including but not limited to:

– NFT Games, Fan Points Booster, Digital Memberships, Premium Content, online ticketing, Exclusive Club content, Digital Collectibles, E-commerce, community chats, news updates, predictor games, live streaming, and much more.

Why Web3?

Gen Z Engagement: The next generation of fans, Gen Z, demands high digital and Web3 engagement levels from their favorite clubs. Embracing these technologies is crucial in attracting and retaining this tech-savvy audience.

Absolute Ownership: In Web3, fans have the exclusive ability to own, trade, and monetize their digital assets, fostering a sense of absolute ownership and connection with the club.

Transparency: Web3 technology ensures transparency in all transactions and relationships between clubs and fans. This transparency is essential for building trust and accountability within the fan community.

Security: Recognizing the value of fan data, Blocksport employs blockchain technology to uphold the highest security standards. This approach safeguards the privacy and integrity of fan data, treating it as the club’s most valuable asset.

“We are excited about the endless possibilities our partnership with Blocksport brings. As we step into Web3 and blockchain, we are not just transforming the fan experience; we are revolutionizing how clubs interact with their supporters. This is a game-changer not only for United City FC but also for Philippine Football, and we are proud to lead the way in embracing the future of sports technology.” – Eric Gottschalk, President of United City Football Club

United City FC and Blocksport are excited about the transformative potential of this partnership, as we work together to create a cutting-edge fan experience and position the club at the forefront of the evolving sports and technology landscape.

Team Thorrad and Blocksport Join Forces

JAKARTA/ZUG, Feb 29th, 2024 — Team Thorrad, the Asia esport champion, joins forces with Blocksport, a prominent SportsTech solutions provider based in Zug, Switzerland, whose web3 solutions help esport teams and other sporting properties in football, basketball and hockey, to name a few, to deep their fan engagement and improve existing revenues as well as create new ones through the power of its digital infrastructure and fan engagement platform. This collaboration aims to bring innovative solutions to the e-sports industry, leveraging the strengths of both organisations. This groundbreaking partnership aims to revolutionize the e-sports entertainment landscape by seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technology into the world of esports and fandom.

As part of this partnership, Blocksport will release the official Team Thorrad Fan App, a one-stop destination for fans to engage with their favorite esport team like never before. This fan engagement platform will combine a sleek design with innovative features, providing users with real-time updates, exclusive content, and a personalized experience tailored to their preferences. Simultaneously, Blocksport will introduce fan tokens, Play-to-Earn games, and NFT collections in a unified Web3 ecosystem. Fan tokens will unlock exclusive perks, Play-to-Earn games turn spectators into active participants, and NFT collections will offer fans a chance to own a piece of e-sporting history. This interconnected environment will create an immersive space for fans, fostering a sense of community and participation.

Founded in 2019, Blocksport has swiftly gained recognition for its cutting-edge SportsTech solutions, with a strong focus on blockchain technology and is today the force to be reckoned with partnering up with some of the world’s biggest brand and the biggest sponsors of the sport industry internationally.

Thorrad (previously known as First Raiders Eclipse) is an Indonesian Free Fire team. Thorrad has made a proud achievement as champion in the Free Fire Master League (FFML) Season 8 tournament. The Thorrad team managed to achieve victory in FFML Season 8 after leading the standings with a total of 117 points in the Grand Finals match which took place on October 8th 2023. With this victory, Thorrad is entitled to the main prize worth IDR 300 million from the total Grand Finals prize pool of IDR 700 million. Apart from that, Thorrad also made history as a team from Indonesia who confirmed themselves to appear in the Free Fire World Series (FFWS) 2023 Bangkok, together with POCO Star and RRQ Kazu.

Esti Puji Lestari, Owner of Team Thorrad and President Director EMC Asia , expressed her excitement  about the partnership, stating, The partnership between Blocksports and us is exciting for us. I’ve always been looking for a way for fans to engage and to innovate when it comes to esports activation. We hope this will be a pioneering and advanced technological development. It is my vision as Thorrad’s owner to create a sense of community, and to create valuable networks and information that is not only engaging, but also educating and beneficial to the longevity of the games, as well as being beneficial to the development of the games.

Samir Ceric, Chief Operating Officer of Blocksport says: “I am thrilled about this new partnership expanding our footprint across South East Asia with such a talented and prize winning esport property. Its owner Esti Lestari is a true visionary and from the first moment we met in Manila at the Business of Football conference less than 3 months ago, I felt I was talking to somebody whose vision and ambition supersedes the time we are living and working in. And as I found out about her long standing involvement in the world of sport, football being one of the main parts of her life, as an owner of multiple football clubs in the past and today, including China, Indonesia and the Philippines, I knew that we would find an easy way to join forces and innovate and accelerate the global dominance of the sporting properties her team and her are involved with. Esport space is very special to all of us at Blocksport as that was the environment we successfully deployed our first POCs and prototypes all these years ago and the space where there is so much potential and scope, especially on the fan engagement front. Esti and I, together with her husband and Team Thorrad CEO, Tudor Mihail, also met in London on numerous occasions during their trip to London in December and January hence I feel over the past 2-3 months, we managed to build a very genuine relationship I hope and feel will span for a long time. For all these reasons I am super excited about this announcement and am very much looking forward to be working with Esti and Tudor and their Team Thorrad team on this major project and so is the rest of my team at Blocksport. “

The partnership between Team Thorrad and Blocksport aims to assist Team Thorrad to become the driving force on fan engagement in the esport space not just in Indonesia, but across the whole of the South East Asia region, and globalize its brand offering its existing and future sponsors and partners another level of engagement and activation. 

Blocksport Announces Groundbreaking Partnership with the World Kickboxing and Karate Association (WKA) – Pioneering the Fusion of Sports and Web3

Blocksport, a leading sports technology company, proudly announces its strategic partnership with the World Kickboxing and Karate Association (WKA). This groundbreaking collaboration aims to revolutionize the sports entertainment landscape by seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technology into the world of kickboxing and karate.

As part of this partnership, Blocksport will release the official WKA Fan App, a one-stop destination for fans to engage with their favorite sport like never before. The app combines a sleek design with innovative features, providing users with real-time updates, exclusive content, and a personalized experience tailored to their preferences. Simultaneously, Blocksport introduces fan tokens, Play-to-Earn games, and NFT collections in a unified Web3 ecosystem. Fan tokens unlock exclusive perks, Play-to-Earn games turn spectators into active participants, and NFT collections offer fans a chance to own a piece of sporting history. This interconnected environment creates an immersive space for fans, fostering a sense of community and participation.

Statement from Blocksport CEO Vladimir Liulka

Vladimir Liulka, CEO of Blocksport, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, “At Blocksport, we are dedicated to redefining the fan experience by leveraging the latest technology. Our collaboration with the World Kickboxing and Karate Association marks a significant step towards creating a dynamic and engaging ecosystem for fans worldwide. Together, we are set to pioneer the convergence of sports and technology, shaping the future of sports entertainment.”

Statement from WKA President Dave Sawyer

“We are entering a thrilling era for Kickboxing, Karate, and the broader Martial Arts community as we integrate cutting-edge technology to enhance the connection between our fans and athletes. This innovative approach will provide a distinctive fan experience that, along with our recent advancements, positions the WKA at the forefront of Combat Sports.
Blocksport shares our vision for the future, and we are excited about the dynamic prospects ahead.”

About Blocksport

Blocksport is a leading sports technology company dedicated to transforming the way fans engage with their favorite sports. Through innovative solutions such as fan apps, Web3 components, and blockchain-based features, Blocksport creates immersive and interactive experiences for sports enthusiasts worldwide.

About WKA

The World Kickboxing and Karate Association (WKA) is a globally recognized organization committed to promoting and developing the sports of kickboxing and karate. As one of the original Kickboxing organizations with a rich history and a commitment to excellence, WKA is at the forefront of advancing these disciplines on the global stage.