Animoca Brands and Lympo Join Forces with Play Magnus Group to Bring Chess to Web3

The three companies are teaming up to create a chess-inspired blockchain game named “Anichess”.
Image source: Animoca Brands

Quick take:

  • Anichess is a blockchain-based chess game with a play-and-earn ecosystem.
  • Play Magnus Group was founded by World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen.
  • The partnership with Play Magnus Group enables Lympo to access over 30 chess grandmasters to advise and test the game.

Animoca Brands and its subsidiary Lympo, a global sports NFT ecosystem, announced today that it is joining forces with Play Magnus Group to develop a chess-inspired blockchain game named Anichess.

Founded in 2013 by World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen, Play Magnus Group offers entertainment and e-learning services via its chess market brands such as chess24, Chessable, iChess, New In Chess, Everyman Chess, Silver Knights, Aimchess, the Play Magnus App Suite, and the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

With more than 60,000 monthly paying users, Play Magnus Group serves users worldwide and covers key areas of chess, including learning, playing, competing, coaching, and watching.

Lympo will lead the development and launch of Anichess to bring chess players to Web3. The partnership with Play Magnus Group enables Lympo to access over 30 chess grandmasters, including Magnus Carlsen, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Liem Le, and others, to advise, monitor, and test Anichess as an immersive gaming experience for experienced and casual chess players, fans, and strategy game enthusiasts.

Additionally, Play Magnus Group will invite top chess players to support and advise on the implementation of chess engines in Anichess to help novice players improve their skills and provide casual and experienced players with fun gameplay.

“Chess has emerged as one of the fastest-growing esports. By partnering with Play Magnus Group to create Anichess we will create unparalleled experiences for chess players, casual gamers, and fans,” said Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands.

Anichess will utilise Lympo’s $SPORT token as its primary utility token, which will act as a gateway to the broader Lympo ecosystem to enhance the playing experience and proposition value of the game.

“The concept of Anichess will amplify the traditional chess experience with a new phenomenal strategic layer that will produce situations never seen before. Well-established game designers, super chess grandmasters, esports stars, and casual gamers are working together to deliver an action-packed blockchain chess experience,” stated Tadas Maurukas, CEO and co-founder of Lympo.

Lympo is building a GameFi product ecosystem based on officially licensed athletes’ non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Its products include NFT Minting and NFT Staking Platforms as well as upcoming sports-themed play-and-earn games based on basketball management and chess, and holds the IP rights to more than 50 world-leading athletes. In January, the platform lost $18.7 million worth of LMT, its utility token, in a hot wallet hack.

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