The NFT prizes will be handed out in addition to the traditional winners’ medals and trophies. NFT technology authenticates the digital trophies, providing a certificate of uniqueness and ownership to the athlete, recorded in the blockchain forever.
“This partnership with LEVERADE brings further innovation and potential new revenue streams for the WBSC. It can bring us closer to younger generations whilst attracting new audiences to our sport,” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said. “Digital trophies are the first natural step in the NFT domain and herald another exciting new project for our organisation.”
"The partnership between LEVERADE and the WBSC is a significant step towards an exciting new future for international baseball and softball. We are proud to be the NFT Awards Partner of the first International Federation in the world to deliver digital trophies in NFT format to its athletes. LEVERADE CEO Antonio Romero said. “Rewarding athletes for their achievements has been done for centuries; now it is done digitally".
The two-year partnership with LEVERADE as the WBSC’s NFT Awards Partner was overseen by the WBSC's in-house marketing agency, BASE. The agreement with LEVERADE, which provides design, technology development and promotional strategy, is based on the Spanish-based company’s unique implementation of blockchain technology in sport.