BIRMINGHAM, AUGUST 11TH: Aston Villa F.C, in partnership with Chiliz, the leading global blockchain providers for the sports and entertainment industry, have announced that they will launch a $AVL Fan Token on the Socios.com app.
Fan Tokens are collectible digital assets, minted on the Chiliz $CHZ blockchain, that will create new experiences for Villa supporters across the world, allowing them to become part of a vibrant digital community on Socios.com.
There will be countless engagement opportunities on Socios.com for $AVL Fan Token holders, including the chance to participate in a series of interactive votes with the club every season.
Fans will also be able to access club-related content and experience Socios.com’s geo-location, augmented reality feature ‘Token Hunt’. In addition, fans can put their skills to the test against other fans from around the world in club-related games, competitions and quizzes, competing in global leaderboards and earning real-life and digital club-related accolades, benefits and experiences along the way.
The $AVL Fan Token will launch soon, with all existing Aston Villa members and season ticket holders having the option to receive a free $AVL Fan Token for a limited time.
Socios.com is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide the world’s leading sporting organisations with the tools to engage with their global fanbases.
More than 45 major sporting organizations have partnered with Socios.com to launch Fan Tokens, including FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Inter Milan, Arsenal and the Argentina and Portugal national football teams, as well as a number of leading teams from F1, esports and cricket.
Created by Chiliz, the leading blockchain provider for the global sports and entertainment industry, Socios.com has major expansion plans and is targeting many more Fan Token launches throughout the world. Socios.com has multiple office locations around the world and has already opened new regional headquarters in Madrid, Istanbul, São Paulo and Buenos Aires. The company will open a new office in North America in the near future.
Nicola Ibbetson, Chief Commercial Officer at Aston Villa said: “We are excited to announce this partnership with Socios.com that will allow our global fanbase more opportunities to interact with the club and bring them even closer to the club they love.
“Socios are leading the way in blockchain in the sports industry, the launch of the $AVL Fan Tokens will give our fans worldwide more opportunities to engage with the club and be a part of our global family.
“This is a new and innovative way for all our supporters to get involved with the club, whether they are local or international. We’re looking forward to working with Socios.com to create and develop interactive opportunities to take the club closer to our fans around the world.”
Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios.com, said: “Aston Villa, a club with great tradition and a proud heritage, understands the huge potential of global fan engagement and is now ready to unlock it by launching $AVL Fan Tokens on Socios.com.
“Through $AVL Fan Tokens, Villa supporters the world over will be able to join a global community of fans brought together by their passion for the club, where they can enjoy influence, exclusive content, games, competitions and access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences and rewards.
“A very significant proportion of Premier League clubs have now become part of the mission to shift passive fans into active participants on Socios.com. We are on the verge of an exciting new era of greatly enhanced fan engagement for top flight clubs in England and I can’t wait to get started.”