The “Digital” World Cup in Qatar: Payfoot and the New World for Football Fans
Mr Thibault Verbiest & Mr Helie d’Hautefort – Co-Founders and Leading Payfoot
The FIFA World Cup in 2022 revolutionizes the way fans participate in the football game. Qatar, indeed, announced that it would be the most connected competition in history. Digital innovation and new technologies made it possible, transforming the tournament into a new improved experience for fans.
In the last years, competitions are becoming more and more accessible. Indeed, thanks to online zones, soccer enthusiasts from all over the world can join the match, interacting and sharing the experience with their fellow fans, just like in person. This increase in accessibility made it possible to engage more people in the football game, no matter their status or origins.
Talking about football, global accessibility, and engagement leads naturally to mention Payfoot. It is probably not a coincidence Payfoot is getting more and more attention as a new era of relationships between fans and the game of football is arising. Payfoot is a fully fleshed blockchain-based infrastructure for football and sports communities. An entire digital ecosystem for fans engagement – decentralizing football for evolution and financial inclusion. The components of the Payfoot ecosystem are a digital currency for sports fans, the native token of the Payfoot blockchain, and the metaverse of football. Thanks to the solid pillars on which the ecosystem is based, the result is the creation of a (de)centrally governed economy, where every individual has the same rights and possibilities to join the game. Every fan will be able to pay with the same currency: the currency of their passion! Imagine all of this plus better safety and an increased speed of payments: it’s real, it’s Payfoot.
“Why do we believe the Payfoot ecosystem is a game-changer? Because it is a win-win formula for both the clubs and the fans. The clubs are really part of the value chain created by Web 3.0 and the fans have at last an actual voice in a decentralized soccer-related world. Inclusion and abundance for everybody. This is our vision.” highlights Thibault Verbiest” – CoFounder of Payfoot,
The FIFA World Cup 2022 clearly showed the interconnectivity between football and cryptocurrencies. The Token for Qatar 2022, for instance, has the aim of bringing more football fans into the crypto world: it has been designed to buy tickets to the World Cup, place bets, book hotels, use various related services, and participate in prognostic games for all its fans.
Fans are finally understanding the benefits of using decentralized platforms. They can exchange value without losing purchasing power, in real-time, and at lower costs – and this is what Payfoot is all about: financial inclusion through soccer.
Moreover, also the NFT and the Metaverse arena are becoming more popular in the football world and the rising charm of the sector is a no-brainer. This brought an incredible increase to the number of digital football fans. Payfoot stands out in this regard too, with his own NFT marketplace and its metaverse that replicates the soccer ecosystem and its economy. Abundance is the keyword.
Where some projects have capitalized on the players / fan token relationship Payfoot, who is rumored to be in final integration stages of very top major clubs UCL level, offers a complete immersion in football: virtual stadiums / social network / gaming / match results forecasts / avatars / events / virtual experiences and even foresees development enriching the real-life experiences in relation with Football. Payfoot also advocates an ambition to leverage football for peace / inclusion / equal opportunity … by providing stable resources to underprivileged football areas (countries / clubs / players …) and contributing to making the world a better place thanks to sport.
“We leverage sports for financial inclusion, creating a bridge between the physical and the digital world to live a new, extraordinary experience. Payfoot means safety and speed of payments, using the currency of your passion: the PFT.” Added Laurent Fabre, the Head of Partnership.
This brave ambition seems to be one of the arguments that is convincing top clubs with an international audience to join Payfoot as they are literally besieged by hundreds of projects.