British esports team SMPR, owned by parent company Semper Fortis Esports, has established a new division for play-to-earn cryptocurrency games. They have already signed their first new player, Aleksei “Iner” Bakumenko, who will compete in both Axie Infinity as well as Blizzard’s digital collectible card game.
“Our latest signing will pioneer our strategy to build out the SMPR play-to-earn division, opening doors for a new pool of players entering the esports space and diversifying the company’s revenue model,” said Semper Fortis Esports CEO, Kevin Soltani.
Bakumenko’s top placement in Hearthstone esports came in 2016 when he achieved a second-place finish in the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s European spring championship. In 2021 so far, he’s finished 157th, 35th, and 20th in the Orgrimmar, Dalaran, and Silvermoon stops of the Masters Tour, respectively.
Semper Fortis Esports is being careful around its foray into the world of play-to-earn, however, having only signed Iner on a three-month contract. There is an option to renew the agreement for an additional six months in the future.
(All information was provided by Dexerto)