MotoGP launches digital collectable rider trading game

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MotoGP series owners Dorna have unveiled an officially-licenced collectable memorabilia game, allowing you to trade riders with other players to build your own complete virtual Grand Prix paddock. Think Panini Stickers for the web and you won’t be far wrong.

Using blockchain technology to insure that any ‘crypto Icon’ (or rider to you and me) generated can be verified as authentic and unique and not copied or faked, Cryptobilia is the world’s first officially-licenced product of this kind.

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In a market worth $370 billion worldwide, the new game will allow audiences to purchase boxes of four randomly selected rider icons using their everyday bank card. Each pack could contain riders from the MotoGP, Moto2 or Moto3 grids – with a selection of rare Legends and circuit cards set to follow.

What’s more, the design of each rider is fluid and will reflect their performance after each race. These results will then reflect their status as a collectable, with their performance eventually frozen at the end of each season.

MCN attended the launch of the product during the Saturday of a washed-out British MotoGP this past weekend, where CEO of the e-game, Egidio Messito, said: "The name is simply a blend of crypto and memorabilia and describes our product perfectly. The most important feature is this is all available to everyone in the street."

'It offers our fans a totally new concept' - Pau Serracanta

Pau Serracanta, Managing Director at Dorna Sports added: "We are very excited to be the first sport in the world to embrace this new technology - it offers our fans a totally new concept to engage with their heroes."

To help collectors get rid of unwanted doubles Cryptobilia will provide a virtual market place where they can swap or trade Icons, purchase specific riders or even sell doubles.

To sign-up, visit the website at: www.cryptobilia.com

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade