Since this is my first blog post on our brand new official website (which is yet to be made public), I decided to take a step back from daily duties and try to explain what stands behind the very idea of the PlayMaker project.
Like many of you reading through this, my introduction to the blockchain technology was intermediated by cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin (BTC) was the source of my early admiration as the factor which brought the possibility of decentralization to the financial world. However, it wasn’t long after that I have discovered that the thing under the hood of the number one cryptocurrency was the true gem waiting to be utilized for the major benefit.
“The blockchain is the very core of the decentralization,” I realized quite quickly, and along the way, all these beautiful projects started popping up in the market, which directed my thoughts away from basic mining and investing, which I was doing on a small-scale for quite some time before the idea of PlayMaker started cooking.
IoT + Blockchain = Transparency
The idea of integrating IoT (Internet of Things) and the blockchain technology, which I have to confess wasn’t exactly original, became the focal point of my decentralized thinking.
Since I have been a moderately successful athlete in my younger days, sports remained an important part of my time off work, the PlayMaker project somehow imposed on me as I realized that the blockchain technology has much to offer to the world of sports, mainly, in our case, sports science, which makes PlayMaker as original as can be.
My point of view is that IoT and blockchain is a match made in heaven, and it can be utilized to achieve the utmost transparency and objectivity in any industry. It just needs a viable product that will not need 1,000 marketing specialists to be realized as something potentially disrupting.
It was obvious from the very beginning that connecting the modern measuring devices so much used in professional athletes’ training these days with the irreversible data storage, which cannot be tampered with was the key to revolutionize how certain things are done. Then it also became obvious that the would-be system has many use cases:
- Clubs could request trustworthy information about players’ physical shape when conducting a trade; and what more trustworthy scientific data there is then the one stored on the blockchain connected to body sensors? In the end, it is quite possible for clubs which are selling players to get better prices with such transparency provided by PlayMaker.
- When the team’s manager (coach) is being replaced, the new set of staff can have a firm and trustworthy foundation to start working with, provided by the blockchain technology.
- Heck, since UEFA already tested the tech in ticketing system for their cups’ finals, they would understand the potential it holds, and possibly, be interested to make our would-be system a standard.
- PlayMaker would be able to cut a variety of expenses substantially through the pure automatism of the blockchain and smart contracts.
Moreover, as we already mentioned the ticketing system, let’s also do that because that could:
- Remove the tickets black market.
- Completely neutralize counterfeiting
- Help to restore order on stadiums (those living in Europe and South America will understand).
Someone needs to develop this!
Ideas are all nice and shiny, but when you live in Croatia, which is completely detached from the technological advancement, finding people to work with can be a show-stopping task. As you possibly guessed it by now, I am not a blockchain developer. Also, in my country, there is such a small number of developers who know how to handle blockchain that those who I was able to find were drowned in work over their heads, leaving no time for them to engage in something new.
I took my search to the web because I decided to dig through the deepest parts of the earth in order to be able to start working on PlayMaker. Hours of interviews left me with a little material to work with. In other words, all developers I talked to were either to engaged in other projects or failed to prove their legitimacy.
It was pure luck I’ve met Sonia and Sven, and both during two weeks period.
They liked the project and agreed to work on it to be paid in the future since they obviously believe that the idea was good enough to provide results (needless to say, apart from me considering them to as co-founders, they have my eternal gratitude).
Pushing it through the door
PlayMaker is very much a ground-floor project. It still needs a lot of care and attention to be set on the right track. Care and attention we are giving it at the moment.
However, the time is quickly approaching when the three of us will not be enough to push this one through the door. I am well aware that, since PlayMaker is such an extensive project, our team is going to need more developers to see the light of day, and that’s why we absolutely need to conduct the crowdfunding campaign.
Our focus in the campaign is not only going to be to fund our efforts but also to provide value for our early backers by giving value to the PMK token through its utility and use cases (e.g. running nodes to utilize the power of the network, ticketing liquidity pool, buying tickets to earn reputation in the club’s fan hierarchy, trading on exchanges, etc.).
In the current stage of development, PlayMaker has many potential partners, which will remain unpublished for now as I think that just over 1,000 words are more than enough for any of you trying to digest this, and partners deserve an article of their own.
In any case, further down the line, this blog of ours is going to be more focused on product development, business development, partnerships, and crowdfunding news, as we’ll continue doing what we love the most – producing the unique system that has the ability to revolutionize sports (quite a bit).
Until the next time,
CEO @ PlayMaker