Cricket-based digital collectibles platform Rario this week announced its integration with Polygon and its brand new wing Polygon Studios, as it seeks to cultivate fan engagement and capture the interest of some 2.5 billion cricket fans around the world. Rario’s integration of Polygon coincides with Polygon’s launch of Polygon Studios, a new NFT-centric gaming and metaverse hub designed to facilitate web 3.0 gaming, backed by a $100 million fund to accelerate mainstream adoption of NFT projects.
Polygon Studios already works with Decentraland, Opensea, Sandbox, Somnium Space, Decentral Games and claims to have five times the gaming and NFT dApps of any other chain outside of Ethereum main chain at around 300 gaming and NFT dApps.
Rario enables cricket fans to collect and trade officially licensed cricket moments that have been captured as NFTs. It has partnerships with the Caribbean Premier League, and the Lanka Premier League, and works with cricket stars such as Zaheer Khan, Faf Du Plesis, Shakib Al Hasan, Smriti Mandhana, and Shafali Verma.
With an audience of 2.5 billion globally, cricket is a sport well-primed to capture fan engagement via NFT collectibles. And by leveraging Polygon, Rario has ensured fans can access the platform without prohibitive transaction speeds or costs.
“We are delighted to have Polygon Studios on board with us in our collective journey to revolutionize the digital collectibles space,” Rario founder and CEO Ankit Wadhwa said. “The domain expertise, credibility, and substantial added bandwidth that Polygon Studios brings will enable our team at Rario to create a highly furnished product for the market. We are excited to work together with the team at Polygon Studios. Our vision of taking fan interaction via Rario Club syncs well with the digital culture ecosystem Polygon Studios is building.”
“Our aim behind setting up Polygon Studios was always to facilitate a hotbed of digital culture, which is a vision that we are pleased to share with Rario,” Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal added. “With its commitment to making the best use of modern technology to shape fandom for generations to come and change the way the fans interact with the game of cricket, we believe Rario is laying down the foundations for making digital collectibles the most prized asset for sports fans in India and across the world. Polygon Studios is thrilled to be on this pioneering journey with the Rario team.”
Rario will continue to collaborate with cricket’s administrative bodies including the Board of Control for Cricket in India, England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia, among others to help preserve and digitize cricket history.