A new partnership with the Lightning will allow Perth Heat fans to scan QR codes after stolen bases and home runs, rewarding them with Bitcoin instantly.
The Perth Heat, the most successful baseball team in the Australian Baseball League, has announced a new partnership that rewards fans in Bitcoin every time a Perth Heat player steals a base or hits a home run.
The partnership with Bitrefill, Wallet of Satoshi and IBEX will allow fans to “steal Sats” by scanning a QR code displayed on the game stream or on the team’s social media channels when a player makes an impressive play. Fans will receive their prize instantly after scanning the code with a Lightning-enabled wallet, introducing a new fan interaction system that brings extra excitement to exciting moments at games.
“We are excited to launch Stealing Sats in partnership with Bitrefill, Wallet of Satoshi and IBEX,” said Steven Nelkowski, CEO of Perth Heat, in a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine. “This is an innovative way to engage with our fans and offer them something new and exciting. We believe this program will further enhance the fan experience and motivate our players to strive to be their best on the field.”
The baseball team make headlines in 2021 when they adopted the Bitcoin standard and integrated the Lightning, becoming the first professional sports team to do so. The Heat then proved their willingness to further widely integrate Bitcoin presentation of Lightning services of their stadium and the fan experience. The team then announced “sats4stats”, which is a way to boost fan favorite players through the Lightning Network.
The latest introduction of Stealing Sats is just another innovation for the team using Bitcoin and Lightning.
Ry Sterling, Business Development at IBEX, described how they are looking to play a part in revolutionizing fan engagement, saying: “At IBEX, our focus is spreading innovation through the Lightning Network and with Perth Heat leadership, #stealingsats and #satsforstats our eyes were opened to a whole new market of global fandom that we hadn’t considered before.”
Chris Pavlesich, Bitrefill’s Australia Manager, said, “With Stealing Sats, fans can now engage with the game in a whole new way and we’re excited to see how this continues to develop over time.”
Daniel Alexiuk, CEO of Wallet of Satoshi, added: “The whole Wallet of Satoshi team is really excited about Stealing Sats with the Perth Heat … It’s such an innovative way to demonstrate that Bitcoin is easy and for everyone.”
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