Paris Saint-Germain Becomes Trailblazing Validator On Chiliz Blockchain, Fueling 9% Rally In CHZ

In a notable development that signifies the growing adoption of blockchain technology in the sports industry, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has announced its deepening partnership with Chiliz (CHZ), the Malta-based FinTech provider. PSG, one of the world’s most renowned football clubs, is set to become the first sports club to act as an official blockchain validator on the Chiliz Chain, a significant milestone for both organizations. Chiliz $1 Billion SportFi Ecosystem Attracts PSG According to Thursday’s announcement , the latest collaboration will see PSG play an important role in ensuring the security, accuracy, and reliability of the Chiliz chain. In particular, validators are essential to maintaining the integrity and operation of a blockchain network. Since its partnership with Chiliz in 2018, which led to the launch of the PSG Fan Token – the club’s official digital asset – PSG has become increasingly involved in adopting Web3 in sports. The club’s approach to Web3 innovation is further highlighted by the appointment of Pär Helgosson as the Head of Web3, a position dedicated to driving the club’s digital transformation. Per the announcement, the choice of Chiliz as the platform for this initiative is attributed to its robust $1 billion SportFi ecosystem, which attracts a large community of crypto-native sports fans. Chiliz’s infrastructure and support for decentralized applications (dApps ) have made it a preferred platform for over 50 web3 projects, showcasing its capacity to attract large Web3 products and services. Web3 Adoption In Sports To support the Chiliz Chain’s continued growth, PSG has pledged to use 100% of its accrued revenue as a validator to conduct regular buybacks of the PSG Fan Token from the public marketplace. According to the announcement, these automated buybacks, executed through smart contracts or decentralized exchanges (DEXs) on the Chiliz chain, are expected to strengthen the club’s digital economy and regularly replenish its Fan Token reserves. In addition to its role as a validator, PSG and Chiliz will co-host their first-ever blockchain hackathon at the Parc Des Princes stadium in Paris, France, in the summer of 2024. Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and, expressed his excitement about PSG’s involvement as an official validator, stating: This evolution marks a significant milestone in the adoption of web3 by fans, clubs, and leagues. PSG’s active role as an official validator will undoubtedly propel our SportFi ecosystem to new areas, furthering our long-standing partnership with the club. Pär Helgosson, Head of Web3 at Paris Saint-Germain, emphasized the club’s commitment to designing and shaping the future of web3 sports, stating: Our commitment is to build a more empowered and sustainable web3 ecosystem, leveraging the solid foundation of our existing relationship with Socios and Chiliz. PSG is committed to fostering innovation, and the club will continue to develop opportunities with other partners in this space. CHZ Skyrockets To $1.13 Billion Market Cap Following the announcement on Thursday, the Chiliz native token CHZ, originally launched as an Ethereum-based ERC-20 token, has experienced a significant surge in its trading price, reaching $0.1283 and achieving a market capitalization of $1.13 billion. Since the beginning of Thursday, the token has continued its upward trend, witnessing a 9% price increase. This growth adds to the token’s sustained positive performance over longer periods, aligning with the overall market trend. Over the past seven and fourteen days, CHZ has demonstrated notable price increases of 19.5% and 25%, respectively. Moreover, within the last thirty days, it has experienced a remarkable surge of 32%, allowing the token to bridge the year-to-date gap. Despite a decline of approximately 6% over this timeframe, the recent surge has significantly mitigated the overall loss. Featured image from Shutterstock, chart from