Scienjoy Holding Corporation (“Scienjoy”, the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SJ), a leading live entertainment mobile streaming platform in China, today announced it has officially launched Non-Fungible Tokens (“NFTs”) on its live streaming platforms, making it one of the first live streaming platforms in mainland China to adopt the technology.
This announcement follows the Company’s strategic partnership with Snipp Interactive Inc., a global provider of digital marketing promotions, rebates, and loyalty solutions, to create a new loyalty and rewards system and explore enabling live streaming broadcasters to mint NFTs. NFTs are one-of-a-kind tokenized digital assets that are tracked by using blockchain, which provides a digital certificate of ownership, tracks purchase and trading of the asset, certifies a digital asset to be unique, and protects against duplication. This ownership tracking technology has allowed assets in the digital world to be bought and sold like any piece of physical property.
This new initiative lets broadcasters mint their own NFTs on Scienjoy’s platform, and lets users bid to purchase NFT mementos from their favorite broadcasters by using points earned from the new loyalty and rewards system. These custom souvenirs will include various popular accessories, skins, and other virtual objects that users and broadcasters will be able to wear and display in the Scienjoy virtual livestreaming worlds. NFTs will be minted as unique prizes for live streaming game competitions as a way to reward users, increase excitement and drive user engagement.
While NFTs can be used and displayed on Scienjoy’s platforms, tracking ownership and trading of the tokens will occur on OpenSea, a peer-to-peer NFT marketplace. Scienjoy will initially launch a series of 16 NFTs on OpenSea and launch further NFT series on other marketplaces. Users have long shown enthusiasm for unique accessories, prizes and skins for their Scienjoy profiles. The new NFT system will strengthen users’ ability to own and trade these souvenirs in an organized manner and increase the excitement around games on Scienjoy’s platforms. In addition to strengthening the relationships between broadcasters and their fans, this initiative will provide broadcasters with more monetization opportunities, augment broadcaster loyalty, and attract more new creative talent to Scienjoy’s platforms.
Users will be able to use and display their NFTs in Scienjoy’s game-embedded live streaming and fully immersive virtual reality worlds. Scienjoy will track users’ in-game status and achievements, save the items they’ve obtained such as skins, characters, and other tokens, and seamlessly transfer records of ownership and verify authenticity of in-game items in the ownership database OpenSea. In Scienjoy’s immersive virtual reality worlds, NFTs will also enable users to create, own, monetize and enjoy virtual properties and items, and to have complete control over such virtual assets.
Scienjoy has long been a pioneer in new forms of entertainment and new applications of technology in live streaming. Through big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, Scienjoy has built fully immersive and gamified live streaming virtual reality worlds for users to explore. This VR-based immersive gaming experience has transformed the live streaming experience and connected users and broadcasters to not only share topics of interest, but also play games and interact within the virtual worlds. The Company launched three small-scale virtual reality worlds in 2020 and will roll out six complete virtual reality worlds in 2021. Adding NFTs is a further step in allowing users to customize their virtual environment and allowing broadcasters to create custom products for fans to stand out from other broadcasters.
“We are focused on continuous innovation and integrating cutting-edge technologies to our platform. We believe that using emerging technologies will not only bring gains to Scienjoy and our users but spur the whole industry to develop,” said Victor He, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Scienjoy. “NFT technology, when combined with our other core platform technologies of big data, AR and AI, will create new opportunities for monetization, explore future areas for growth and development, and ultimately help us bring greater value to our shareholders.”