Last week Turner Sports’ Blocklete Games, part of Warner Media, launched the second season of its blockchain-based play-to-earn game Blocklete Golf on mobile last week. The game initially debuted in the fall of 2020 and has been relaunched in open beta on Android and iOS. Players can manage the careers of non-fungible token (NFT) golfers that can be leveled up and traded with other gamers.
Initially launched as a free online golf simulation game, the relaunch of Blocklete Golf as an NFT-based play-to-earn game aims to draw on the massive growth experienced by the overall NFT market in 2021. Blocklete Games hopes to engage the NFT and sports communities.
Blocklete Golf was originally built on Ethereum but has transitioned to the Flow blockchain. We’re guessing that has something to do with Flow’s low transaction costs and the fact that Flow is home to other high profile sports NFT projects such as NBA Top Shot and NFL All Day. The Flow blockchain enables a play-to-earn model and was designed specifically for the creation of NFTs and blockchain-based games. Coinbase Cloud will provide the payment infrastructure for Blocklete Golf to run on the Flow blockchain.
“Blocklete Golf is the first in what we envision being a franchise of play and earn games that we intend to build to provide users compelling gameplay and beautiful NFT products,” said SVP of Digital League Business Operations, Growth & Innovation at Turner Sports, Yang Adija. “We have been at the forefront of the NFT and blockchain movement in sports and believe that we have a real opportunity to serve sports fans via this new avenue of digital athletes. We’re equally excited for this debut on Flow, the blockchain where sports NFTs live.”
In the coming months, Blocklete Golf plans to introduce additional content to the game. This includes the ability for players to compete in prize tournaments and the introduction of Pro Shops where players can buy and sell gear – clubs and balls – with different attributes. Its roadmap includes the ability for community members to run Pro Shops.
Meanwhile, two other examples of NFT sports games are GreenPark Sports and nWay. GreenPark is a social gaming mobile app and has deals with the NBA and Spain’s La Liga soccer. And nWay launched the Olympic Games Jam for Beijing, a multiplayer play-to-earn game based on winter sports that also uses Flow.