- Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging, also known as STVV, play in the Belgian Pro League and finished 12th last season.
- Fans will be able to use $STV Fan Tokens, digital assets that provide engagement opportunities including voting rights and the chance to earn exclusive rewards, on blockchain-based fan voting and rewards app Socios.com.
- STVV are owned by Japanese company DMM.com and have several Japanese players. The club’s significant Japanese fanbase will be able to use $STV Fan Tokens to get closer to the team.
- STVV will become the 13th club to launch Fan Tokens on Socios.com, joining a host of major sporting organizations, including FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
Sint-Truiden, October 16th 2020: Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging (STVV), in partnership with Chiliz (Binance: $CHZ), have announced plans to launch a $STV Fan Token on blockchain-based fan voting and rewards app Socios.com.
$STV holders will be able to influence club decisions, voting in many polls each season on Socios.com and earning rewards linked to the club, including innovative digital experiences and real-life activations, such as meeting players and watching games as a VIP when the current situation has improved and fans return to the stadiums.
A Leaderboard feature, where fans will receive rewards points based on how they interact with the club through the app will be launched in the near future, allowing fans to compete to become the number 1 fan in their region/country. A Chat feature and Games will also be launched on Socios.com in the coming months.
The maximum supply of $STV Fan Tokens will be 1 million, with a limited number to be made available at a fixed price of €2 in an initial flash sale to take place in the coming months. The date of the sale will be revealed soon. $STV Fan Tokens will be available after the flash sale, but price will then be determined by demand.
Sint-Truiden came 12th in last season’s Belgian Pro League. The club’s most successful domestic campaign was in 1965-66, when they finished second. In 2017, Japanese online company DMM.com became owners of the club and since then STVV’s profile in Japan has grown significantly. The presence of several Japanese footballers in the STVV ranks has further boosted the team’s popularity in the country. Current Japanese players at STVV include international goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt, defender Ko Matsubara, wingers Tatsuya Ito and Keito Nakamura and striker Yumu Suzuki.
Socios.com Fan Token partners include FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AS Roma, Galatasaray, Trabzonspor, CA Independiente, Apollon Limassol and esports organisations Team Heretics and OG. Young Boys of Bern will launch a Fan Token in the near future. Many more clubs are set to launch Fan Tokens before the end of the year, with many leading IPs from sports and entertainment also primed to join the Socios.com roster in the near future.
Shinnosuke Murata, COO of STVV, said: “We are delighted to announce that STVV is now a part of Socios community as well as the other biggest clubs in the world. Diversity of the fanbase is one of our precious assets since we have players from 14 countries.
“We expect that our partnership with Socios enables us to reach our fans and create a strong tie all over the world through the community.”
Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO and Founder of Chiliz and Socios.com, said: “One of the key goals of Socios.com is to give fans who are not able to watch matches live because of geographical reasons the chance to get closer to their clubs.
“Now, thanks to $STV Fan Tokens, the club’s passionate local fanbase as well as STVV fans in Japan have the chance to influence their team like never before.”
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Chiliz / Socios.com
Andrew Clarke – Global PR Manager
Chiliz ($CHZ) is a fintech blockchain company that provides sports & entertainment entities with tools to help them engage & monetize their global audiences. The company’s consumer facing app Socios.com launched in late 2019. To date, 11 major sporting organisations, including FC Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have launched Fan Tokens on Socios.com. Fan Tokens are digital assets that provide owners with engagement opportunities, such as voting rights, the ability to compete in leaderboards and forthcoming features including Chat and Games. Fan Tokens also enable holders to earn club-related rewards, as well as discounts and other benefits linked to their clubs and club sponsors – a USP boosted by the launch of the Socios.com ‘I Am More Than A Fan’ VISA Debit Card. Dozens more organisations from football and other sports are primed to launch Fan Tokens before the end of 2020, with many more IP holders set to join the Socios.com roster of partners which already includes MMA giants UFC. We expect Fan Tokens to become the next generation of transactional based engagement for sports fans.
In early 2020 Chiliz launched Chiliz.net (Chiliz Exchange) the world’s first tokenised sports exchange, with the goal to create a new ecosystem, drawing participation from sports fans and cryptocurrency enthusiasts who can trade and exchange Fan Tokens on the platform. All of these projects are fueled by the Chiliz token ($CHZ), a chain-agnostic digital currency which is currently available on leading crypto exchanges around the world, including Binance.