First Indonesian football club to join Socios.com in Fan Token deal

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More than 1.5 million users from 167 different countries have downloaded the Socios.com app

Indonesian football fans wave a giant flag                                 
Persib Bandung play in the top tier of Indonesian football – Photo: Getty Images
                                

Persib Bandung have become the first Indonesian football club to partner with Chiliz, the global blockchain provider for the sports industry, and will unveil a new Fan Token on the engagement and reward app Socios.com.

Persib Bandung play in Liga 1, the top tier of Indonesian football, and according to Chiliz are one of the biggest football clubs in Indonesia, having been established in 1933.

Fan Tokens give fans the chance to vote in polls to influence their team, earn rewards, enjoy VIP experiences, and access games, competitions and exclusive offers on the app.

Those who invest in Fan Tokens will “also receive unique digital rewards, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs), as well as merchandise and match-worn jerseys, while being eligible to access exclusive discounts linked to club sponsors and other special offers and incentives linked to major brands.”

Chiliz states that more than 1.5 million users from 167 different countries have downloaded the Socios.com app.

Other well-known clubs that have launched Fan Tokens

In the UK, six Premier League clubs have launched Fan Tokens with Socios.com: they are Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Other major European clubs that are working with Socios.com and have Fan Tokens include Juventus FC, Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and AC Milan.

In February, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which organises Europe’s Champions League, also signed a Global Licensing and Regional Sponsorship agreement with Socios.com. This made the fan engagement and reward app the Global Licensing Partner and Official Fan Token Partner of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League and UEFA Super Cup.

In addition, the UEFA partnership made Socios.com a regional sponsor of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup for the 2021-2024 cycle in the US.

‘A truly global community’

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios.com, said: “Socios.com is a truly global community, created for sports fans everywhere. We’re delighted to enter another new market, where there is a huge passion for domestic football and love for the global game.

“A very warm welcome to PERSIB. We look forward to creating amazing experiences and new opportunities for your fans together.”

Teddy Tjahjono, director of Persib Bandung, said: “We are very happy and proud to welcome Socios.com as our partner. PERSIB is a club that is very open and supportive to various innovations and new technologies.

“Together with Socios.com, we believe that we can offer new opportunities for the entire PERSIB fan base, both in Indonesia and around the world to engage more deeply and to be at the forefront with the club. The PERSIB Fan Token will be a great tool for us, bringing our global digital fanbase of more than 20 million closer to the club.”

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