Co-founders Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta, alongside Iván de la Peña, announced the international launch of Olyseum, a blockchain powered social network for sports lovers. CEO Carlos Grenoir and Chief Security Officer Kevin Mitnick were also at the launch.
Expecting to officially launch the blockchain-powered app later in 2018, Olyseum will test the network among fans throughout the FIFA World Cup that kicks off today.
Olyseum was born out of a shared desire among Puyol, Iniesta and Peña to form a closer, more meaningful relationship with their fans. In 2016, on its initial launch in Spanish, Olyseum was the most downloaded sports app from the App Store in six countries.
Puyol and Iniesta were both parts of the Spanish squad that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as the UEFA Euro 2008.
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol explains:
“Throughout my career with FC Barcelona, I’ve had the unwavering support of millions of fans worldwide. With the desire to expand the limits of real and genuine participation of fans, Andrés, Iván and I joined together to create a collaborative space for lovers of this beautiful sport and interact with users moved by the same feeling.”
Olyseum’s CEO Carlos Grenoir holds a masters degree in Information Security and Neuroscience and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Telecommunications. He also created Quantum Fields Technologies, which specialized in security projects, research and development in AI, and intelligent social networks.
“For too long, there has been a disconnect between idols and their fans, limiting the quality of fan-idol engagement. Olyseum is here to bridge that gap, creating a social network that empowers the individual, and most importantly, rewards their participation. When Carles, Andrés, and Iván came to me with the shared problem of limited fan engagement, I felt compelled to deploy my knowledge and skills to help create a solution.”
Olyseum plans to introduce an incentive program powered by smart contracts for fans contributing to the community. These contributions will be rewarded in the form of exclusive merchandise, VIP tickets, and unique experiences with idols.
Grenoir wraps up,
“The World Cup brings impassioned fans together from around the world, all speaking the same international language of football and we look forward to testing our network among the international football community in the coming weeks. The values of inclusion and collaboration are intrinsically linked to our platform, which will be underpinned by blockchain technology. We firmly believe that fans deserve to share the success of their idols, and now there is a platform that supports this vision. We are honored to be the enablers of dreams, bringing fans and idols closer together.”
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