FC Porto is the first European football club to enter the metaverse with Upland

30 June 2022

Upland , a platform for the metaverse mapped to the real world, and FC Porto , the 2022 Primeira Liga national champions , today announced a strategic agreement to launch European football in the Upland . As the first Portuguese football club to bring the roar of the stadium to the metaverse, FC Porto is a pioneer in interacting with supporters and empowering FC Porto and Upland communities to participate in new types of value creation and experiences. With this agreement, the two partners join forces to build the future of fandom in the metaverse.

FC Porto's entry into Upland includes the opening of the city of Porto with NFT properties mapped to their real-world addresses that fans can buy; the construction of the Estádio do Dragão of the FCP; and also the launch of the first package of NFTs from a European football club. Exclusive to Upland, fans can collect common and rare NFTs through fun and engaging gameplay mechanics and offer their NFTs at player-owned and operated stores located at their virtual properties in the metaverse. The first phase of FC Porto's entry into Upland will take place during the 2022/23 season.

“We are thrilled to welcome FC Porto as the first European football club to join the Upland metaverse,” said Dirk Lueth, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Upland. “European football is a way of life – it's as natural as eating, sleeping and breathing – and for FC Porto fans , being able to bring that passion with them to the metaverse is an unparalleled opportunity to deepen that fandom. With Upland, we are taking fans beyond transaction-centric NFT markets to an activity-driven metaverse experience that engages them with the football team and players they love.”

“Upland was created to give football fans more to do with their NFTs. As FC Porto thinks and executes strong strategies around innovative products, we fully understand the functionality and usefulness of Legits - what our community calls NFTs - and empower users to enjoy unique experiences that support and demonstrate their fandom. in completely new ways," said Idan Zuckerman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Upland. «Upland and FC Porto couldn't make a better pair. Porto is an incredibly innovative team and we are excited to help you interact with your fans in the metaverse.”

«To say that this is just another way of interacting with our fans is an understatement», said Tiago Gouveia, Marketing Director at FC Porto. “Being the first football club in the world to create its city, stadium, players and fans in the metaverse catapults our brand to the forefront in this arena. We are always looking for new opportunities and we will not let the metaverse pass us by. This partnership is proof of that.”

«FC Porto's international growth takes place on several levels - and it's not a mistake to think of the metaverse as the future. It's knocking on our door and we want to be on the right side of history», added Pedro Albuquerque, Head of the International Department at FC Porto. “This new opportunity is exciting, especially as we are the first in the entire world of football and I believe it will bring our fans unique opportunities to interact, literally creating a new world full of FC Porto!”

Upland is available for free download on iOS, Android and the web and can be played anywhere in the world.

ABOUT UPLAND

Upland ( https://upland.me/ ) is an open web3 platform mapped to the real world. The company's mission is to create a community through a strong entrepreneurial economy that allows gamers, developers and brands to manufacture goods and experiences, monetize assets, and provide utility to NFTs through fun earning-based activities. Based in Silicon Valley, with centers in Las Vegas, Ukraine and Brazil, Upland was named among Fast Company's "Next Big Things in Tech" in 2021 and one of "22 San Francisco Startups To Watch in 2022" by Built In SF. Upland is committed to becoming carbon negative and is a proud partner of Carbonfuture. For more information on our sustainability commitment, see https://www.upland.me/sustainability. Upland is available on iOS, Android and the web and can be played anywhere in the world.

ABOUT FC PORTO

Founded on September 28, 1893, FC Porto has not stopped growing since then. In its essence is the practice of football, but today the club is multidisciplinary. With 7 international titles, including two UEFA Champions League, FC Porto is the most successful Portuguese club internationally, with an impressive number of national titles: 30 national championships, 18 Portuguese Cups and 22 Super Cups. The Estádio do Dragão, opened in 2003, is the home of FC Porto and has a capacity for 50 thousand fans. The club is led by the president with the most titles in world football, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, since 1982.

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Lindsay Aamodt, Upland - [email protected]
Jim Reilly, Rogers & Cowan PMK - [email protected]

 

Source:businesswire.com