Own the Zone — Hedera launches World Cup 2022 metaverse game

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Hedera has announced the release of Own the Zone, a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 metaverse game, to celebrate the tournament.

Developed by Reality+ and OTZ Sports, HBAR Foundation VP Alex Russman praised Own the Zone for having the best technology and gameplay in the genre. The game offers fans a chance to win limited NFTs and real-world prizes.

Wallet construction and coin-minting processes begin as soon as fans sign up for the game, offering a seamless transition into Web3. Powered by the Hedera Token Service (HTS), the game uses HBAR as its cryptocurrency.

“We’re proud that OTZ Sports and FIFA has chosen Reality+ as its partner in the exciting world of Web3, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be launching Own The Zone™ for the World Cup Qatar 2022™ – and onwards to the Women’s World Cup Australia 2023™.”

Morten Rongaard, Reality+ co-founder

To play the game, players choose two of eight on-pitch zones for every match, with each zone representing an area on a football field. When a real-world game plays, every action within the allocated zones gives players points. The more matches a player plays, the bigger their chance to win tickets to The Best FIFA Football Awards™ and £5,000 every game.

FIFA’s Web3 project for 2022 World Cup

As esports gaming becomes some of the fastest-growing opportunities in the entertainment industry, FIFA continues to expand its reach into new digital spaces and platforms.

In November, Chief business officer Romy Gai announced that FIFA had established partnerships with various game developers to develop Web3 games to celebrate the 2022 World Cup.

“This is a hugely exciting group of partnerships that we’ve entered into as we embrace a new, digitally-native football fan and engage with them in the spaces that we know they are already active within,” Gai said.

“As we continue to build our gaming strategy long into future, it’s certain that web 3.0 will have an important role to play, and this marks the start of our journey.”

AI League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition is a project co-developed with Altered State Machine. AI League is a 4-vs-4 casual football game between AI-controlled characters where players assume the roles of owners and coaches of AI teams. The players’ main task is to improve their teams through power-ups and training.

Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition is a social prediction game based on football cards. It challenges players to get the prediction right and be the best among their friends.

Uplandme – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, is a collaboration between FIFA and Upland in the Upland Metaverse. Players can collect official FIFA World Cup NFTs, such as video highlights of a tournament. Players can also visit a replica of Lusail Stadium and Village, buy customization items for their homes in Upland, trade assets with friends, and win prizes.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Phygtl is a mobile app that allows sports fans to join forces and co-create a global digital reward: The Golden Globe Football. Players can acquire a piece of the digital reward in the gameplay, customize it, then invite and interact with other players. Fans can save their chosen FIFA World Cup pictures and video moments in this game.

These experiences are compatible with the newly launched FIFA+ Playzone and FIFA+ Collect, with more planned in the future.