Vancouver’s Dapper Labs and the NBA are teaming up to launch a digital platform for blockchain-based collectables called NBA Top Shot.

Dapper Labs is the creator of uber-successful CryptoKitties. CryptoKitties is a blockchain game on Ethereum developed by venture studio Axiom Zen that allows players to purchase, collect, breed and sell virtual cats.

NBA Top Shot will feature a social experience built around digital collectibles as well as a complementary head-to-head game designed to foster fan engagement on blockchain.

Like other sports games or fantasy brackets, fans who play the game are tasked with creating their ideal squad, but in this game, their rosters are built by acquiring live in-game moments from the NBA season.

These moments, such as a James Harden 3-pointer, or Zion Williamson dunk, which are acquired as digital collectibles or tokens, can then be either owned forever or used to compete against other players in online tournaments and leagues on-chain.

By introducing innovative features and mechanics to the team-building experience, and simplifying the head-to-head gameplay, NBA Top Shot should offer a fun and compelling experience that is accessible to basketball fans of all ages.

“The NBA and its players are among the greatest heavyweights in global culture,” said¬†Roham Gharegozlou, CEO of Dapper Labs.

“Dapper Labs is proud to work with the NBA and NBPA to create an unparalleled digital experience for sports fans. Through NBA Top Shot basketball fans can engage with their favorite players, teams, and each other in entirely new ways. We use the latest in blockchain technology to create assets and experiences that are guaranteed limited edition and authentic, not to mention portable and permanent in a way nothing digital has ever been before.”

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