Vancouver, British Columbia, June 30, 2022 – NFT Technologies Inc. (NEO: NFT | Frankfurt: 8LO) (the “Company” or "NFT Tech"), a leading technology company working to mainstream decentralized ownership, NFTs and the metaverse for public markets, announced today its proposed acquisition (the “Transaction”) of Sherwa Online Services (“Sherwa”), a private company responsible for the development of the Sherwa gaming platform (“Sherwa Platform”).
The Sherwa Platform is a gaming platform that creates a space where gamers can join and interact with a gaming community, participate in community events and make connections between players to enhance any form of online play. Following the release of its gaming platform, Sherwa turned its focus towards building unique Web3 applications and products to help bring Web2 gamers into Web3 P2E gaming. In the past, Sherwa has partnered with major developers like Riot Games and Epic Games Store to facilitate better gaming experiences for their players.
“In P2E gaming, players are the most valuable asset and with this acquisition, NFT Tech is gaining access to more than a million of dedicated users,” said Wayne Lloyd, Executive Chairman of NFT Tech. “The negotiation power this gives NFT Tech in partnership and business discussions with play to earn games can’t be quantified in words. We’re extremely excited to bring these users into P2E. Exciting times to explore the opportunities in the space with such a large pool of gamers when we look at leaders in the ecosystem, like Axie infinity that have 300k monthly active users but have a fully diluted market cap of $4.2B US.”
NFT Tech’s ability to deliver Web3 projects for blue-chip brands, together with Sherwa's access to more than 1 million gamers worldwide, will aid the company in meeting its long-term ambition to help transform the gaming industry. Through the combined offering of NFT Tech’s new gaming platform and the new addition of Sherwa’s gamer base, NFT Tech will be better able to provide some of the largest gaming studios with an opportunity to gain players fast by offering them competitive rewards.
“We’re very happy to join NFT Tech,” said Luiz Persechini, CEO and Co-Founder at Sherwa. “The move from Web2 to Web3 gaming is extremely interesting and exciting to us. The team at NFT Tech are visionaries, and exactly what our team needs to grow our business. We’ve already worked with large gaming publishers like Riot and Epic games and are excited to bring our relationships and expertise into this growing trend within gaming.”
Last week, Epic games announced that they will support P2E gaming on their platform of over 160m users, as well as the listing of the first NFT game on the Sherwa Platform, “Grit.” This move represents the strength of the P2E gaming space within both gaming in general and crypto and highlights the direction the “microtransaction” economy is going in: instead of simple transactions between players and game developers, transactions between players themselves are increasing–and developers take a cut. Games like CS:GO are a prime example, where players can earn skins for completing a match, then sell the skins for real money. The CS:GO skin industry is valued at $50B, with billions of dollars worth of skins changing hands between players yearly. The fee per transaction on CS:GO is 10%. Additionally, Discord, primarily a gaming chatting platform that allows players to talk over voice with other players, is valued at $15B US.
NFT Tech and current shareholders of Sherwa entered into a binding letter of intent with respect to the Transaction on June 16, 2022, which is subject to several conditions to completion, including entering into a definitive agreement. On closing of the Transaction, NFT Tech is expected to issue an aggregate of 2,500,000 common shares, issued pro rata to the shareholders of Sherwa in exchange for acquiring all of the issued and outstanding shares of Sherwa. Under the terms of the Agreement, NFT Tech will assume Sherwa’s outstanding related-party loans and expects to settle such loans on closing.
Founded in 2018 by Luiz Persechini, André Gross and Pedro Vasconcellos, Sherwa is a startup created to develop smart solutions for the modern gamer, in a safe environment and with the necessary support to ensure gamers’ fun. Headquartered in Canada, the company is gamer-owned and gamer-focused. In April 2022, Sherwa reached the milestone of 1,000,000 downloads.
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NFT Tech works to develop infrastructure, assets, real estate and IP in the metaverse, build and generate revenue from P2E and M2E games, and bring insights and benefits to the public markets. By bridging the gap between traditional capital markets and the Web3 space, NFT Tech is mainstreaming decentralized ownership, NFTs, and the metaverse. Current projects include founding the GOAT Guild and Fuku.
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