Hellebore launches Blockchain-based sports prediction game

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Hellebore, a startup led by Golden State Warriors co-owner Nick Swinmurn, has announced the launch of its blockchain-based sports prediction game Play Hellebore.

Launched on Tuesday, the title is the world’s first sports prediction game (non-fungible token) powered by NFT, according to the company.

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By purchasing NFT players called Sibers for .03ETH (about $ 50), players can predict live match results in NFL, NCAA Football, MLB, and International Football.

Players have the opportunity to increase the value of their NFTs, unlock physical and digital rewards, and compete against friends, family and complete strangers in traditional “Pick’Em” fantasy sports leagues, the company said.

“Everyone knows what fantasy sports are and it is likely that most people will at some point
he also participated in a sort of “Pick’Em” championship with friends, in their neighborhood or at
their office, “Hellebore CEO Nick Swinmurn, co-founder of Zappos, said in a statement.” With the Web3 and NFT spaces continuing to proliferate at a rapid pace, it is only natural that these worlds collide to offer enthusiasts of hardcore and casual sports a new and fun way to be part of the game and compete for rewards and bragging rights.

In an email to GamesBeat, Swinmurn said Play Hellebore is not sports betting or gambling. Hellebore is a free prediction game for Hellebore NFT owners. Hellebore has no entry fee or bet amount. Through gameplay, players can increase the rating of their Siber NFTs, progress through game levels, and compete in matchups. Commissioners and league participants have the ability to independently set external prizes for winners in their private leagues, just like in any other fantasy sports league.

Play Hellebore offers casual sports enthusiasts and fantasy sports enthusiasts an easy activation ramp
in Web3 by providing a user-friendly interface and intuitive one-click gameplay, all accessible
on any device, the company said.

Play the characters of Helleboro.

By simply choosing the winning outcome in sports matches 365 days a year, players can increase the value of their NFTs and increase their chances of winning future contests.

As their Siber rank increases, players can unlock the league level, which launches in September
8, coinciding with the start of the NFL 2022 season and in progress in the matches of the actual season
for NCAA football, MLB and international football.

Similar to traditional player- and stat-based fantasy sports leagues, players can become league managers. Players can create custom leagues with up to 64 teams and play with friends and family in head-to-head matches.

Unlike many other NFTs, Hellebore’s NFTs immediately provide players with real-world and in-game utility, the company said. With their Siber, players can unlock digital and physical rewards, including additional NFT rewards, merchandise, and unique fan engagement experiences. Additionally, Siber’s individual ratings increase with each correct choice, giving them the power to tip the scales in a player’s favor by altering the game’s point distribution.

“The sports industry is unrivaled in its ability to bring together millions of people around the world
world in search of a common interest, “said Roshni Cox, chief executive of Hellebore.” By leveraging the capabilities of Web3 and NFT, we are offering people a new way to engage in the sports they love. “

To get started, players can visit PlayHellebore.com to purchase their sport-specific Siber and start choosing games. In addition to NFL, NCAA, MLB and international football competitions, NBA, NHL and NCAA basketball games will be available on Play Hellebore once the seasons begin this fall.

Swinmurn said Play Hellebore combines the competition and camaraderie of fantasy sports, the prediction mechanisms of traditional “Pick’em” leagues and proof of NFT ownership and usefulness.

Blockchain and in-game NFT allow players to increase the value of a transferable digital asset through their in-game performance. NFTs can be used in-game by any player around the world, which creates a real opportunity for players to maximize the value of their NFTs.

Play Hellebore combines the competition and camaraderie of fantasy sports.

By creating a Siber NFT for 0.03 ETH, players can start playing and earn additional NFTs by making correct predictions to increase their NFT score; they can use their positive-rated NFTs to bet the odds in their favor in head-to-head matches with other players, or list their NFTs for resale on OpenSea and other NFT markets; and they can immediately request physical or digital items attached to their NFT on the rewards platform, including new NFTs and a variety of physical products.

Swinmurn said the company was born after discovering NFTs while collecting sports cards and immediately saw the opportunity from a collectible perspective.

“Having played fantasy sports with friends for years, I saw the opportunity to create a new game that could take advantage of the simplicity of predictions, the camaraderie and competition of traditional fantasy and proof.of ownership and the ability to create value for NFT holders, “Swinmurn says. “The challenge was to find a way to create a truly unique experience that would only be possible by combining each of these elements. Once this vision became clear, we decided to take the leap and build.

Beyond that, the inspiration had three parts.

“The first was the clarity of ownership of the NFT collection,” Swinmurn said. “I enjoyed researching the rarity in traits and discovering new designs and the simplicity of transactions in the resale markets. At the same time, I heard a lot about the potential for utility, but didn’t see many concrete examples of real utility. I found the gameplay interesting that rewarded good performance by increasing the value of a tangible asset such as an NFT.

Swinmurn added: “The second was my frustration with my performance in the fantasy championships I attended. I was too busy to spend a lot of time researching individual player stats and frustrated with a lack of control over a player’s performance. I thought that simplifying “who wins” predictions would facilitate the depth of knowledge needed to enjoy the game and transform the ability to make correct predictions into the value of an NFT player in the game instead of the actual player’s performance on the field would allow for greater control over your performance.

And he said, “The third part that took me over the edge was my passion to start with an image and create from there. The possibilities not only for NFT characters in the game, but also for creating and collaborating. with brands, artists and other creators in our market that really thrilled me. We see endless opportunities to create and increase value around unique intellectual property, both alone and with partners. For more context, see my Founder’s Letter here.

The company has two full-time employees and an outsourced development team.

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