ZK International (Nasdaq: ZKIN) is pleased to announce that, xSigma, a subsidiary of the Company, has entered into a general partnership with ACES, Inc., a leading US baseball agency, to launch NFTs for their athletes on the MaximNFT platform. MaximNFT is an NFT Marketplace and Platform that is being launched by xSigma in an exclusive partnership with Maxim magazine. The platform’s website is now available at maximnft.com.
Based in Brooklyn, across the street from the Brooklyn Dodgers’ offices where Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson in 1947, ACES is a sports agency that represents professional baseball players. For the past 7 years, Forbes has ranked ACES among the top 3 most powerful agencies in baseball. For more than 30 years, it has represented players in all phases of their careers and has negotiated over $4 billion in deals. Its founders and owners Sam and Seth Levinson were named by Forbes to Forbes list of “The World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents”.
Under the partnership agreement, ACES will work closely with MaximNFT and xSigma’s team to launch NFTs for their athletes. MaximNFT will provide creative marketing and technical resources to assist ACES’s clients in the rapidly growing NFT space.
Peter Pedalino, a principal at ACES, stated,
“The NFT Industry is clearly going to be a major component in the future of the Sports Collectible Space. We want to lead in this evolution, and we are happy to have support from the MaximNFT’s team on this path.”
Jon Orlando, the CEO at MaximNFT, stated,
“This is a serious step and a great partnership for MaximNFT to take on. ACES is one of the most powerful baseball agencies and we look forward to revolutionizing the industry of sports collectibles together with them.”
The MaximNFT Marketplace will go live this fall with a series of NFTs for celebrities, athletes, and brands, which will be announced soon. Previously, xSigma has entered into an agreement with Maxim.com to rebrand xSigma’s Marketplace to MaximNFT. Maxim.com is a monthly men’s lifestyle magazine with over 25-years of history and a multi-million reader base that spans 75 countries. Under the terms of the agreement, xSigma’s NFT platform will operate under the Maxim brand and will be promoted by Maxim.com.
MaximNFT is an innovative new NFT marketplace for buying, selling and creating NFTs. It offers unique digital collectibles of high profile brands and figures, and is supported by never-before-seen NFT trading features. One of these features is known as “NFT tokenization” which lets users break down an otherwise unique digital collectible into fractional parts, and share it among the NFT community.
NFTs bought and sold with MaximNFT can be exchanged on multiple top blockchains, including (but not limited to) Polkadot, Ethereum, and Binance Smart Chain. By combining xSigma’s masterful engineering with Maxim Magazine’s promotional power, MaximNFT is poised to make an important name for itself in the growing NFT markets, which have amassed billions of dollars in transaction volume in 2021.
The marketplace will feature a special focus on celebrity, sports, and gaming themed digital collectibles. Predicting a rise of NFT adoption within the gaming industry, xSigma already plans on developing AR and VR compatible NFTs.
xSigma was established as ZK International (Nasdaq: ZKIN)’s blockchain research and development arm in 2018, finding solutions to real-world infrastructure issues and assisting with supply-chain management. Today, however, xSigma has shifted towards independent DeFi, stablecoin, NFT, and DEX product developments. With an elite development team featuring former members of Google, Facebook, and RippleLabs, their goal today is to create financial tools that help the DeFi industry flourish.
Maxim is a world renowned men’s lifestyle magazine of 25 years. They provide content covering cars, travel, and women, and their covers of featured A list female celebrities including Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Beyonce, and many more. The magazine is read by over 10 million men across 75 countries every month across Maxim’s print, social, and digital media outlets.
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