A Metagame to Chess
Immortal Game introduced NFTs called “Immortals” which represent chess pieces (pawns, knights, bishops, etc). Players will assemble a team of one to four Immortals and place them on the board. Each of those Immortals will have challenges to complete which will increase winning bonuses (e.g. an offensive Immortal pawn will gain bonuses when it takes other pieces). Immortals can be acquired on Immortal, ImmutableX, and Rarible marketplaces.
When talking about play-and-earn, it is important to note that none of the NFTs impact the game balance and chances to win (no pay-to-win), but quite the opposite. The challenges which come with Immortals introduce “handicaps” to players who want to complete them while still winning the game in order to reap the associated rewards. We believe this second layer, or metagame, which complicates the rules for the more hardcore players, will attract professionals joining the Immortal community.
There are currently different leagues based on players’ performance. More competitive leagues will yield higher bonuses (tokens and/or NFTs). In addition to those leagues, there will be co-branded leagues where GMs or influencers/celebrities will have their own competitions. In each of those leagues, there will be weekly tournaments.
The gameplay takes place on ImmutableX, powered by Starkware. This means that the transactions are fast and cheap while maintaining compatibility with Ethereum in terms of NFTs as well as utility/governance tokens.
A Masterful Opening
Immortal Game is gaining considerable traction. This is not surprising to us as the Paris-based team adds a colorful lens to traditional chess that speaks to both enamored chess players and crypto enthusiasts. In addition, the team managed to secure support from advisors like Scott Frank, the Queen’s Gambit producer, and a wide set of grandmasters (GMs) who became the game’s ambassadors.
We did the seed round earlier this year because we were already intrigued by the founders Thomas Zaepffel, David Cingala, and Geoffroy Mestrallet, and their backgrounds and vision. Given our history of investment in YGG and Unbound, we felt very confident and as such wrote the first cheque. We are very happy to see them advance to their Series A now. It includes several well-known crypto and entertainment investors, such as TCG (lead), Kevin Durant’s 35V, Cassius, Sparkle Ventures, Blockwall, Kraken Ventures, and Spice Capital.