Blockchain Soccer Startup GOAL Pulls $15m in Seed Funding

Stockholm-based Non-Fungible Token (NFT) based soccer startup GOALS has raised the sum of $15 million as seed funds from venture capital firms and angel investors.


While this is not the very first-time GOALS will be pulling funds from investors, this round is undoubtedly its most groundbreaking as the company plans to boost its outfit with about 30 new game developers. 

According to, a European tech media hub, the funding was led by Northzone with participation from existing investors Cherry Ventures, Moonfire Ventures, Banana Capital, and new investors Not Boring Capital and Cassius participating. Rounding out the lineup, angel investors include Sorare CEO Nicolas Julia, FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique, and Axie Infinity COO Aleksander Larsen.

Laid Down Dynamics for GOALS

GOALS is one of the numerous blockchain gaming protocols that allow users to take ownership of the in-game assets. While not necessarily a new concept, GOALS hopes to hinge on its unique design and the feeling of thrill to complement its players’ capabilities further to monetize their players, skin colours, in-game merchandise, and many more.

The growing blockchain gaming economy, especially with a focus on football, has been projected to be worth well over $190 billion, a substantial chunk GOALS is willing to tap. With the funding and the help of its investors, it finally is able to tap into this growing marketplace.

“We have been in the very fortunate position where investors reached out to us before we were actually fundraising so we were able to pick the ones we felt had the best fit for GOALS,” commented co-founder and CEO Andreas Thorstensson. “After playing most football games on the market and observing the esports scene for a long time, I could see that gamers deserved something new.”

GOALS aims to make its revenue by taking cuts from sales of these in-game assets on the secondary marketplace. Like the newly funded Fractal marketplace for game developers, it aims to carve out a niche for itself in the fast-growing Web3.0 ecosystem.

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NFT Gaming Platform Fractal Raises $35m, Co-Led by Paradigm Capital

Fractal, a marketplace for gamers to discover, buy and sell digital collectables and gaming Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), has announced the successful raise of a seed round of $35 million from prominent investors.


As announced by the platform through a Blog Post, the seed round was co-led by Paradigm and Multicoin Capital, with the participation of multiple investors, including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Solana Labs, Animoca Brands, Coinbase Ventures, Play Ventures, Position Ventures, Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Crossover, Shrug Capital and TerraForm Labs CEO Do Kwon. Goat Capital previously led Fractal’s seed round in January.

Fractal’s emergence in the digital currency ecosystem was one that was inspired by the growing utilities of NFTs which are projected to extend into the gaming ecosystem. 

According to Justin Kan, one of the brains behind the project, also credited as one of the main developers behind Twitch, an American video live streaming service that focuses on video games and esports streaming. The launch of Fractal is solely hinged on helping game developers get the best out of their ambitions to bring innovative solutions to the blockchain gaming world.

Fractal Milestones Thus Far

Since its inception, Fractal has floated its Launchpad to help games release their NFT collections to the public. Fractal is administering this launchpad with the sole mission of partnering only with blockchain game developers who have been vetted to complete their roadmaps and fulfil their promises to their users and investors.

As a result, Fractal has only accepted 5% of all the applications it has received to date, and its new partners include House of Sparta, Tiny Colony, Yaku Corp, Cinder, Nekoverse, Metawana, MetaOps, and Psyker.

With more projects set to make their debut on the Fractal Launchpad, Justin affirmed that the accrued seed round will be used to build out its engineering team and in making the best product possible for gaming companies who want to build around blockchain and turn their games into truly open economies.

The funding generally trails other notable funding that NFTs, gaming, and metaverse protocols have received in recent times, with one of the latest being the $23 million pulled by CoWDAO as reported earlier by Blockchain.News.

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Bitcoin Bulls And Bears Alike Beware Of Potential Pump And Dump Fractal

Bitcoin price has been stuck trading within a small symmetrical triangle. These continuation patterns tend to suggest another equal sized move down is coming. However, a sweep of lows would “perfect” a buy setup that could initiate a pump and dump fractal from years ago.

The pump and dump would be designed to further confuse sentiment and take advantage of the sudden shift to low liquidity and thin order books. Here’s what the fractal looks like and what it says about the coming price action.

Market Timing: Why You Should Wait For The “Perfect” Buy Setup

Bitcoin price action is confusing at the moment. The cryptocurrency is consolidating, but unable to break any lower, nor have bulls been able to stage a rebound.

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The weekly downtrend has now reached a critical point, however. The weekly TD Sequential indicator is now at a 9 count. The market timing tool hints at a possible reversal, but a TD 9 is much more effective when “perfected.”

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bitcoin pump and dump TD 9

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The TD 9 count remains to be perfected. Is a sweep of lows next? | Source: BTCUSD on

The parameters of a “perfect” buy setup involves the final 8 or 9 candle sweeping the lows of the previous candles. This means for the weekly buy setup to be just right, below $30,000 and support must be taken out.

The scenario bizarrely almost matches exactly the crash from above $10,000 to $7,800. Lows then were swept to $7,200, perfecting the buy setup and leading to one of the largest intraday pumps in the history of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Pump And Dump Fractal Examined: What To Expect

Examining the two structures more closely shows just how accurate this fractal could end up being. The key differences between the price action then and now, was that there was even more upside pressure creating several more tops instead of the blow-off of June 2019.

Still, the market structure is similar, as is support, resistance, and price action. With the timing also on the side of coincidences, along with a set of false breakout to the upside, another fakeout to the downside would lure and trap shorts expecting the target of the symmetrical triangle to be reached – and instead find themselves squeeze back to $50,000.

bitcoin pump and dump fractal

bitcoin pump and dump fractal

The fractal suggests a massive pump and dump is coming | Source: BTCUSD on

At that point, the fractal suggests that target is ultimately reached, albeit much later on around Black Thursday. The target of the symmetrical triangle based on the measure rule is somewhere around $23,000 per BTC. The ease in which whales can move the price of Bitcoin back and forth is due to the sudden default in liquidity and thinner order books than they were just weeks ago.

Related Reading | What The Last Leg Up In The Crypto Bull Market Could Look Like

However, as similar as the fractal may look and sentiment just right, there’s no telling what might happen and the past isn’t often a good indicator of future performance. Is this time different?

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Before And After: The Ethereum Fractal You Have Got To See

Ethereum price over the last couple of years has outperformed even Bitcoin’s, making it the most bullish cryptocurrency among the top three assets. But a fractal brewing in the altcoin could make for an incredibly bearish outcome if history repeats.

Here’s a closer look at the bearish cryptocurrency chart fractal potentially warning of a reversal, and the before and after you’ve got to see to believe.

Ethereum Fractal Says The Bull Market Is Finished For The Top Altcoin

Ethereum price has long been soaring right alongside Bitcoin, but since tapping above $2,000 per Ether token, the top ranked altcoins has been struggling with resistance since.

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Related Reading | Ethereum Bullish Retest Offers “Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity”

Crypto analyst are torn whether the price action is bullish or bearish. One theory claims that the recent retest of the altcoin’s former all-time high presents a “once-in-a-life-time opportunity” for those who missed out on the initial rally.

Other analysts aren’t so sure. One crypto trader in particular has discovered a fractal in Ethereum price action, that closely resembles a more extended version of the 2017 bull market breakout.

Ethereum fractal

Ethereum fractal

The 2019 and 2020 price action is an extended fractal of the last bull run breakout | Source: ETHUSD on

The price action preceding the 2021 breakout closely resembles that of the price action during 2019 and 2020 that caused the cryptocurrency to soar to current prices. It’s what comes next, however, that must be seen to be believed.

Are Fractals Something To Fear, Or Do They Fail More Than They Follow Through?

All crypto bull rallies eventually come to an end, and bears regain control. The problem is, the fractal one crypto trader found, could indicate that is exactly what is about to happen with Ethereum price action.

After slamming into powerful resistance – then at around $1,400 per ETH – the altcoin corrected and fell into an extended, painful bear market. With the preceding price action matching the current patterns so well, albeit a much more extended version, could another bear phase soon follow?

Ethereum fractal 2

Ethereum fractal 2

What came next, however, was a multi-year bear market in cryptocurrencies | Source: ETHUSD on

Fractals, while frightening to see taking shape, often fail and have earned themselves more of a fable reputation among the crypto community than fact.

Things are very different this time around, most significantly, the amount of upside that happened in Ethereum before the peak was in.

Related Reading | Alt Season 2.0: Analyst Claims It’s “Showtime” For Ethereum

Back then, Bitcoin has also topped out, and few in the crypto space would worry that the currently ongoing bull market in the top cryptocurrency is anywhere near over.

Still, the similarities are there enough to take caution if you are holding the altcoin.

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Career Trader Subtly Hints Of Bitcoin Parabola Breakdown With Fractal Diagram

Bitcoin has fallen below $35,000, and while given the asset’s recent highs sounds like a sizable correction, the price per BTC is still nearly 1000% higher than where it was less than one year ago. After such extreme moves to the upside, often come crashes that eliminate much of the progress made, until the parabola starts all over again.

Career trader Peter Brandt has shared a chart that subtly hints that the recent Bitcoin price parabola could begin to break down. The last time he did so, he accurately called an 80% decline in price. Here’s a look at what might come next if that’s the case.

Paying Attention To Peter Brandt Costs Nothing, Pays Out In Profits

Peter Brandt is a living legend, spending an entire career professionally trading commodities, stocks, and more recently, cryptocurrency. Brandt has long been interested in Bitcoin, has shared his commentary about the market and related price action via his Twitter, and has contributed to the Bitcoin.Live platform.

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Because of Brandt’s reputation and experience level, when he speaks, it tends to be worth paying attention to. Those who wisely took profit during the last major Bitcoin rally after the trader claimed the parabola was violated, would have even been given almost the exact target to which the cryptocurrency fell to nearly a year later.

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The trader famously called for an 80% or more retrace following the 2017 peak of $20,000. In 2018, Bitcoin traded at $3,200. Brandt nailed it, and now he’s back at it again.

bitcoin peter brandt career trader crypto parabolaPeter Brandt calls attention to the current rally resembling this previous parabola breakdown | Source: BTCUSD on

Brandt Brings Up Painful Reminder Of Past Bitcoin Parabola Broken

Brandt points out the last time he shared a price chart exhibiting a Bitcoin parabolic curve, just before the bear market took hold.

In the image, originally shared on January 8, 2018, a “bump, hump, lump, and dump” repeating pattern shows each parabolic base, just before the breakdown and resulting downtrend that follows. The chart above compares the rally Brandt references alongside the current parabolic rally.

Related Reading | The Striking Similarities Between The 2017 Bitcoin Peak And Now

Price patterns and even ranges appear to line up eerily accurately, with the primary discrepancy being the Black Thursday pandemic-driven panic selloff. Aside from that, the similarities are striking.

Repeating price patterns like this are called fractals. If what follows this near flawless fractal is also similar, the chart below would demonstrate what comes next.

bitcoin peter brandt career trader crypto parabola

bitcoin peter brandt career trader crypto parabola

Here's what happened after the parabola breakdown | Source: BTCUSD on

Remember, Brandt called for an 80% correction of the parabolic move, and was correct. And while he hasn’t brought up that dangerous data point since back then, even the short-lived parabolic phase in 2019 ultimately corrected over 70%.

However, any downside is contingent upon the current parabola breaking down, and the new “hump, slump, pump, and dump” pattern failing to repeat.

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