Bengaluru-headquartered blockchain-based epsorts fan engagement startup STAN has announced entering into strategic NFT partnerships with three of India’s leading Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) pro teams –OR Esports, TEAM iNSANE and Blind Esports with the objective of helping these esports teams to create a dynamic ecosystem for their fans to engage with them. Following the collaborations, both OR Esports and Blind Esports have named STAN as their official NFT and digital collectibles partner. iNSANE Esports and Blind Esports will be, going forward, representing the brand STAN through content and other commercial activities. Additionally, iNSANE Esports has also signed an agreement with STAN for NFT partnership alongside providing collectibles services.
As a part of these collaborations, STAN, along with each of these BGMI teams, will be organizing fan-meetups with Blind Esports and iNSANE Esports on a short-term basis. On the other, all of the teams will participate in livestreams, talk shows, and more for the constantly growing community of fans of BGMI game at large. This in turn will allow the fans to meet and interact with their favourite esports athletes and get tips and tricks from them in order to gain an edge for their gameplay. Whereas over longer term, STAN will additionally organize fan fests and other types of grand media and social engagement activities along with the players and creators of TEAM iNSANE and Blind Esports.
Nauman Mulla, Co-Founder & COO, STAN said, “We are happy and proud to partner with some of India’s leading and most-popular BGMI orgs – OR, iNSANE and Blind Esports. Associating with such a talented group of esports athletes is a matter of pride and quite important for us at STAN to empower the nation’s esports fan community at large. And keeping the same in mind, we look forward to a long term, fruitful partnership along with these teams, while we parallely empower fans and bring them closer to their favourite athletes and creators by using NFTs and being a Web3 enabler platform.”
David Dey, Founder & CEO, iNSANE Esports says, “We at iNSANE believe that STAN has a huge growth potential, as it merges the fun and the digital collectibles’ aspects by making sure that the users get something out of it. Our collaboration with STAN will be instrumental in enabling iNSANE fans to engage with their favourite players innovatively and optimally. Therefore, we are looking forward for a great long term partnership with them.”
Arjun Suresh, Founder, Blind Esports said, “We are very excited to work with STAN, who have enabled our fans to engage on another level. And we are looking forward to work with them on more such exciting projects in time to come.”
Notably, STAN has built a uniquely-crafted one-stop platform for the constantly growing pool of esports fans in India and the world to optimally engage, play and grow closer to their idols in the gaming and esports space using digital collectibles and/or mutable NFTs. With STAN, fans will get a chance to collect, play and trade the collectibles/NFTs of their favorite esports players and content creators, via which they will win various perks and rewards. Notably, STAN has already inked NFT-related partnerships with several leading Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) athletes and creators of our country, and plans to partner with many more popular gaming creators and organizations, going ahead.
Below mentioned is a brief description of the teams (and their respective players) that STAN has partnered with:
▪ OR Esports is a Hyderabad-based team that was founded in 2019 by Kasturi Rangan, a gaming enthusiast who aspired to enable Indian gamers to be able to achieve their dreams of becoming world championship title contenders. OR Esports has, over the years, represented India on the world stage multiple times across various titles/tournaments while introducing world-class players onto their team. OR Esports has exclusively signed up STAN for NFTs-based engagements for all the players in their team, i.e. Jelly, Attanki, Aaru and Aditya. In addition, STAN has also signed similar agreements with two popular creators – Neon Gaming and Onto.
▪ Team iNSANE Esports was founded in 2019, when some of India’s best PUBG Mobile (now BGMI) players came together having already been established as well-known players in the international gaming community. Towards the end of 2019, the team began hiring new players and formed more groups of professional players, culminating with the formation of its gaming house in Guwahati, Assam. Being one of the oldest organizations in India, Team iNSANE has participated in several major BGMI tournaments. Among the players of iNSANE that STAN has collaborated with include Aadi, Jazzy, Mac, Param, ARPES and Tsunami.
▪ Blind Esports, established in Kerala in 2019, is one of the most popular BGMI teams hailing from South India. They have a huge fan base and cult-like following. Over the years, the team has expanded into different titles and content creation. STAN has inked NFT-centric partnerships with Blind Esports’ entire team comprising Deadpool, Rage, Shadow and Zaddy.