Cricket is designed to be truly decentralized and its ownership is distributed across its participants, supporters and fans alike. In line with the whitepaper, the foundation will give away over 10% of the total circulating supply for community building and ecosystem development. This will be over a period of time and will be given in the form of bounties, contest rewards and other giveaways that will help build a vibrant and supporting community.
CricketCrazy.io was launched o n September 15th, 2021 at a Virtual Press Conference by its Founding Members, including Parthiv Patel, former Indian Cricketer and the current Talent Scout for Mumbai Indians.
The marketplace is the world’s first NFT marketplace exclusive for Cricket and had over 50 unique moments worth over USD 200,000 at the time of launch. Further, there are over 50M CRIC Token in reward pools to be won by playing various challenges. It will keep adding NFTs of iconic moments daily going forward from 20,000+ of cricket media assets in the library along with new additions which are being constantly contributed by its various partners.
CricketCrazy.io also gamifies the entire experience and is announcing over 50 million CRIC in reward pools for various challenges that are played on the platform. The first two challenges have already gone live.
The marketplace has been developed by Cricket Foundation, the Singapore headquartered blockchain based platform, built by the cricketing community.
The platform already has a star-studded list of founding partners like V.V.S. Laxman, Parthiv Patel, Wasim Akram, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla, Deep Dasgupta, Veda Krishnamurthy, Pragyan Ojha, Lance Klusener, Shaun Tait, Rikki Clarke, Boria Majumdar, among many others. The latest entrants who were welcomed at the launch were Bitbns, Coingape, Digvijay Sinh Kathiawada, Michael Vaughan, Dermott Reeve, Wildfire Sports, Pradeep Mandhani and 2-3 partners are currently being added everyday.
The platform is also happy to announce 3 new cricket ‘Play and Win Games’ which are being co-developed with partners and being launched on the network soon.
Speaking at the launch, Pruthvi Rao, Co-Founder – Cricket Foundation said,
“The Cricket Foundation is a Layer 1 technology, meaning it can host multiple applications that are built on top of it. NFTs are one such application which allows, for the first time in history, for fans and collectors to collect digital media. There are many other applications ranging from gaming, esports, ticketing, merchandising, etc, which are already being built on this, which will change the way traditional businesses are operated. Zebi along with Smart Cricket, which worked on this opportunity as early as 2018, is proud to be one of the key contributors to this project”.
Atul Srivastava, Co-Founder – Cricket Foundation added
“Cricket is a sport that is evolving at a remarkable pace, with its growing global appeal the democratization of cricket is inevitable. With the continuous addition of players, partners and members, now fans across the world will have access to the widest collection of cricket NFTs offering them a chance to own and represent the priceless moments. The marketplace will soon launch gamification experiences to fans and users as well creating a unique platform for fan engagement”.
Celebrity cricketer and Co-Founder of Cricket Foundation, Parthiv Patel, speaking on the occasion, added
“It is a novel way for us to engage with our fans, CricketCrazy presents a unique digital offering to cricketers and franchises to enhance their reach as well as the relationship with fans by giving them a sense of belonging, involving them in community decisions, and keeping them engaged with the game. For the fans, NFTs are the only way to provably own digital sports assets and collectibles. “
Matthew Thacker, Director of Wildfire Sports, United Kingdom, an eminent media and communications specialist one of the Co-Founders of Cricket Foundation, said
“From the early days of asking Don Bradman for his autograph, through to bidding on shirts, caps, bats or balls from the legendary players representing their greatest moments, collecting has always been extremely popular in cricket and introducing the digital world to this is a natural step. We’re really looking forward to the journey”.
Crypto expert and cricket Foundation co-founder Sunil Sharma when asked about the future of NFTs, said,
"NFT sales surpassed $2.5 billion in just the first half of 2021. As Blockchain technology becomes better in terms of gas fees and transaction capacity, we will see exponential growth in NFT Markets."