HALL of GOATS (HoG), a gaming company built to help athletes capitalize on their NIL rights, today premiered the trailer for its free-to-play, arcade-style college football game, set to launch in early 2024. Their revolutionary take will merge digital avatars and gaming while offering Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) opportunities for college athletes around the country.
Co-founded by former USC wide receiver and games/software developer Greig Carlson, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and current USC star quarterback Caleb Williams, HoG will combine the gaming space with customizable digital avatars enabling fans to interact with their favorite players, both in and outside the game.
The easy-to-pick-up and fast-paced game, currently in development, will be overseen by HoG’s SVP of Gaming, Brian Graham, a 20+ year gaming industry veteran from Electronic Arts who worked on previous titles such as Madden NFL and NBA Live.
“The developmental stage of game building is like a ‘blank sheet of paper.’ You get a chance to find the ‘soul’ of your experience and what will make it unique and worthy of players’ attention and time,” says Brian Graham. “Joining HALL of GOATS takes me back to an older era of sports games from my arcade days, where we have creative liberty and can build on something that focuses on just being fun.”
Players and their fans have additional perks to look forward to as the game develops. The Founder’s Pass, the game’s first limited-edition collectible, will be available for an exclusive 72-hour window for $99.99, unlocking benefits for buyers such as:
- -Access to exclusive AMA on Discord with co-founders Matt Leinart and Caleb Williams after the season ends.
- -Complimentary tickets to future NCAA games (pending availability)
- -Early access to all future player avatar drops
- -Discounts on all in-game purchases
- -Access to the first-season pass
- -Access to the Beta, when released
- -Exclusive airdrops of digital merch to customize your players with
- -Voting rights around game design decisions and community event planning.
“We wanted to provide fans instant utility that directly connects them with their favorite players. And, through our Founder’s Pass, we can celebrate fan loyalty through exclusive access to digital and physical merchandise and early access to future drops,” Greig Carlson and Matt Leinart stated.
“Gaming is something I love to do in my downtime. It’s exciting to be a part of something that will elevate players like me with new opportunities in digital collectibles and gaming,” added Caleb Williams.
The digital avatars will be available in multiple tiers, ranging in price from $20-$50, with specific benefits and rarity assigned to each level. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite players through rewards that come with the purchase of the avatars, including but not limited to use in the video game, exclusive memorabilia, the ability to Game with a GOAT, ticket giveaways to NCAA games, and more.
The inaugural class of digital avatars coming soon includes, but isn’t limited to, Braelon Allen (Wisconsin), Caleb Williams (USC), Deuce Vaughn (Kansas State), LenDale White (USC), Matt Leinart (USC), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin), Vince Young (Texas), Xavier Worthy (Texas), and Zach Evans (Ole Miss).
Additional details on Founder’s Pass and digital avatar drops will be released later. Sign up to be the first to know on HALLofGOATS.com.
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