Animoca Brands and Grease Monkey Games partner with Formula DRIFT for upcoming blockchain motorsport game “Torque Drift 2”
14 April 2022: Animoca Brands, the company advancing digital property rights for gaming and the metaverse, and its subsidiary Grease Monkey Games are thrilled to announce an industry partnership and collaboration with Formula DRIFT in North America and Japan. This partnership will be leveraged in Grease Monkey Games’ new blockchain motorsport game Torque Drift 2. Sign up for early exclusive access to drops and information at torquemotorsport.io.
Torque Drift 2 is the upcoming title in the next generation of motorsports games leveraging blockchain technology, where fully functional and playable NFTs are a core feature used to deliver true digital ownership of game assets to players, including opportunities such as play-to-earn and the trading of items on secondary marketplaces.
The deal announced today takes the long-standing partnership between Grease Monkey Games and Formula DRIFT for the popular motorsport game Torque Drift and extends it into the metaverse. Torque Drift 2 will offer collectible and utility NFTs and engaging virtual experiences that will be integrated into Animoca Brands’ REVV Motorsport ecosystem.
REVV Motorsport is an ecosystem of racing blockchain games by Animoca Brands powered by REVV, the token that serves as the primary currency of utility, purchase, and action for the ecosystem. REVV is designed to enable true digital ownership of game assets, giving players freedom and control over their NFT in-game items across a growing metaverse of racing games, including REVV Racing, MotoGP™ Ignition, Formula E: High Voltage, and now Torque Drift 2.
Official Formula DRIFT NFTs will be available in Torque Drift 2 for players to own, trade, and earn.
Ryan Sage, president of Formula DRIFT, said: “Formula DRIFT has always been an innovator and we constantly strive to integrate new technology. From the creation of our free-to-view livestream, to drone footage of every qualifying and competition run, to our multimedia social media platforms, and more, Formula DRIFT has set the standard for international motorsports series. That’s why we’re really excited to partner with Animoca Brands on Torque Drift 2 for both the gaming side and the new NFT aspect, which opens up some really interesting opportunities for the sport and fans alike.”
Arran Potter, the founder and managing director of Grease Monkey Games, commented: “We’re excited to bring Formula DRIFT into the open metaverse and continue to deliver the ultimate Formula DRIFT game experience to our users. With Torque Drift 2 being the official and only blockchain game of Formula DRIFT, players can expect a comprehensive and immersive Formula DRIFT experience that has never been seen before.
Catch the worldwide premier of the Torque Drift 2 reveal trailer during the live broadcast of Formula DRIFT, round 2, on 7 May 2022.
About Formula DRIFT
Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver's skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit www.formulad.com.
About Grease Monkey Games
Grease Monkey Games, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is a motorsport video game developer and publisher founded in 2013 as a contract-based company serving global car manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota, GM, and Dodge. In 2014 the company shifted gears to developing its own original IP games, including Torque Burnout and Torque Drift, which have been downloaded more than 45 million times across mobile and PC. Grease Monkey Games has an extensive portfolio of licensed partnerships with vehicle manufacturers including Nissan, Toyota, Ford, and BMW, and aftermarket parts manufacturers including Link ECU, Wilwood, and Mishimoto. With a growing roster of professional motorsports athletes such as Adam LZ, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Mad Mike, and flagship motorsport events such as Formula DRIFT, RedBull Drift Shifters, and GridLife, Grease Monkey Games connects video game enthusiasts and motorsport fans worldwide. To stay up to date visit www.greasemonkeygames.com or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification that is working to advance digital property rights. It develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. The company has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Bondly, Lympo, Grease Monkey Games, and Eden Games. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of more than 170 investments in NFT-related companies and decentralized projects that are contributing to building the open metaverse, including Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas, and others. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on Twitter or Facebook.
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