FC Barcelona, the world’s second-most valuable soccer club, is joining the rush to issue non-fungible tokens with a plan to offer NFTs based on photos and videos from the club’s 122-year history.
The NFTs will be offered for auction through Ownix, a marketplace on the Ethereum blockchain.
The official launch takes place Nov. 24, according to a countdown timer on the Ownix website.
“Creating these NFTs is a unique opportunity to continue growing and consolidating the Barça brand by bringing unique moments that have made Barça fans dream and FC Barcelona a well-known club on every level,” Joan Laporta, the club’s president, said in a statement.
Sports teams worldwide have been exploring NFTs as a way of generating income and raising fan engagement. In September, Spain’s La Liga became the first of Europe’s top soccer leagues to offer NFTs of all its players through French digital soccer collectibles platform Sorare. European rivals including Atletico Madrid, Porto, AS Roma and England’s Liverpool have already announced NFT deals.
Sheldon Reback is a CoinDesk news editor based in London. He owns a small amount of ether.
Subscribe to The Node, our daily report on top news and ideas in crypto.