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Play Magnus Group, Founded by Magnus Carlsen, Animoca Brands and Lympo Form Unique Partnership to Bring Chess to Web3

August 15, 2022 – Animoca Brands and its subsidiary Lympoa leading global sports NFT ecosystem, today announced that it is developing Aneches in partnership with Play Magnus Band (PMG), a global chess industry leader that provides entertainment and e-learning services through its chess marketplace brands. Aneches is a blockchain-based chess game with a play and win ecosystem, and when it launches in 2023, it will merge the worlds of Chess and GameFi to create superior gaming experiences.

Play Magnus Group, founded by Magnus Carlsen in 2013, the same year he became World Chess Champion, is focused on providing the best online services and experiences to increase the number of chess players worldwide. With over 60,000 paying users per month, Play Magnus Group serves users worldwide and covers key areas of chess including learning, playing, competing, training and observing.

Lympo, a seasoned GameFi and Sports NFT expert, will lead the development and launch of Aneches, a blockchain-based game inspired by chess. Partnership with Play Magnus Group gives Lympo access to over 30 chess grandmasters, including Magnus Carlsen, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Liem Le and others, to advise, monitor and test Aneches as an immersive gaming experience for experienced and casual chess players, fans and strategy game enthusiasts.

This unique partnership will bring chess players to blockchain gaming and vice versa. Play Magnus Group will invite top chess players to support and advise on the implementation of chess engines in Aneches to help novice players and provide casual and experienced players with fun gameplay. Aneches will use Lympo $SPORT token as a primary utility token, which will act as a gateway to the wider Lympo ecosystem, enhancing the gaming experience and value proposition of the game.

“Chess has become one of the fastest growing esports. By partnering with Play Magnus Group to create Anichess, we will create unparalleled experiences for chess players, casual gamers and fans,” said said Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands.

“The Anichess concept will amplify the traditional chess experience with a phenomenal new strategic layer that will produce situations never seen before. Well-established game designers, chess grandmasters, esports stars and casual gamers work together to deliver an action-packed blockchain chess experience,” said Tadas Maurukas, CEO and Co-Founder of Lympo.

About Play Magnus Group

Play Magnus Group is a global chess industry leader focused on delivering premier digital experiences to millions of chess players and students. The company offers e-learning and entertainment services through its market-leading brands: chess24, Chessable, iChess, New In Chess, Everyman Chess, Silver Knights, Aimchess, Play Magnus App Suite and the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The group’s mission is to develop chess to make the world smarter by encouraging more people to play, watch, study and earn a living through chess. Play Magnus Group is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo under the symbol PMG.

About Lympo

Lympo, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is building an ecosystem of GameFi products based on officially licensed non-fungible athlete tokens (NFTs). Lympo’s products include NFT Minting and NFT Staking platforms as well as upcoming sports-themed gambling and earning games based on basketball management and chess. In addition to NFTs, Lympo operates $SPORT, the main token of the Lympo-ecosystem. Lympo owns the intellectual property rights of more than 50 world-renowned athletes, including five-time reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Learn more about or get updates on Twitter, Telegram Where Discord.

About Animoca brands

Animoca brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of Asia Pacific High Growth Companies 2021, is a digital entertainment, blockchain and gamification leader working to advance digital property rights and help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a wide portfolio of products, including the REVV Token and SAND token; original games such as The Sandbox, Crazy Kings and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products using popular intellectual properties, including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™ and Formula E. It has several subsidiaries, including The sandbox, Puffer Fish StudiosQuidd, GAME, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Greasy Monkey Games, Eden Games, To dare, our gameand Tiny Tap. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of over 340 investments, including Colossal, Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas and others. For more information, visit or follow Twitter Where Facebook​.


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