OneFootball names Jean Charles Gaudechon chief executive of OneFootball Labs

OneFootball Labs aims to create new football commercial assets.
OneFootball Labs aims to create new football commercial assets.

Gaudechon will lead OneFootball’s joint venture with web3 games studio Animoca Brands and blockchain investment fund Liberty City Ventures.

Germany.- The Berlin-based football media company OneFootball has named Jean Charles Gaudechon as chief executive of OneFootball Labs. The initiative is a joint venture with Web3 games studio Animoca Brands and blockchain investment fund Liberty City Ventures.

OneFootball Labs intends to pioneer new football commercial assets through blockchain and web3 innovations. Gaudechon will be based in Lisbon and will oversee the development of the first web3 offering and fan-led experiences and assets. He joins the venture from the gaming company EA, where he oversaw Asian market studios and product launches as group general manager.

OneFootball Founder and CEO Lucas von Cranach said: “OneFootball Labs will catapult football into the world of web3, and Jean-Charles is the perfect person to lead the revolution and help our team bring outstanding digital experiences to fans.

“His track record of creating amazing and acclaimed games makes him the perfect partner as we start to deliver beautiful digital products to benefit the ecosystem and which fans can enjoy.”

Gaudechon said: “OneFootball is the most exciting proposition in football media right now. It holds a unique place in the football ecosystem, sitting at the frontier of web3. I am passionate about creating products and experiences that have a genuine impact on people’s lives – either by entertaining them or by providing a useful service.

“At OneFootball Labs I will be able to do both, bringing fans closer to football and giving them a part of the game to own like never before.”

OneFootball Labs said it has begun working on web3 projects with Serie A, the Bundesliga and the Argentine Football Federation (AFF).

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