Maincard has just announced its main net launch just in time for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The sports prediction app enables users to guess the outcome of games to win prizes in crypto and NFTs.
Maincard is an innovative take on sports betting, which typically involves equal parts risk and potential reward. With Maincard’s NFT voting approach, players do not need to worry about losing money but still enjoy the thrill of having something riding on a game.
Maincard takes to the main net ahead of Qatar 2022
Polygon-based Web3 sports prediction game has just announced its main net launch via a recent press release. The application went live on Nov. 19, one day before Qatar took on Ecuador to open the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Maincard’s main net launch follows months of playtesting. The project operated various test nets, which attracted more than 14,000 sports fans to try out the app.
Maincard’s gameplay focuses on its NFTs, known as Maincards. Players use Maincards to vote on match outcomes for popular sports like soccer and basketball. Although limited for this initial launch, additional sports will be added in the future.
Early project backers have already received rewards in Maincards for their support and can start playing the game immediately. Meanwhile, cards are available on Maincard’s in-built NFT marketplace.
Despite only being live for a couple of days, activity on Maincard is already booming. The current number one spot on the leaderboard has a 90% prediction success rate from 52 votes. In addition to revenue generated through MainCoins — Maincard’s in-game currency — there will be weekly prizes of between 3,000 and 1,000 MATIC for gold, silver and bronze leaderboard finishes.
Little risk, big rewards
Maincard combines the thrill and engagement of traditional sports betting while minimizing the risk. When betting on sports with a bookmaker, the bettor must put up some money for a chance to win their stake and additional money. Therefore, they can always lose money and that’s where financial issues and even addiction potential arise.
With Maincard, players can moderate their risk via their choice of game mode. In the “Battle” game mode, guessing an outcome correctly earns MainCoins. Meanwhile, guessing incorrectly costs lives.
Losing too many lives results in fewer MainCoins distributed as rewards for voting on correct outcomes but does not result in any immediate financial loss. For now, MainCoins only have utility within the app itself. However, exchange listings planned for Q1 2023 will further monetize the action.
The second game mode, “Calls,” provides a slightly riskier alternative. Rather than compete for MainCoins, players bet the cards themselves against each other. Guessing an outcome incorrectly surrenders the card used to your opponent. While this naturally carries some financial risk — Maincard NFTs are not free — the staggered process of betting individual cards per game should help prevent users from getting carried away and wagering too much, which is how most problem gambling begins.
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