CHICAGO (May 4, 2022) – Chicago Fire FC today announced a multi-year partnership agreement with next generation fan engagement and rewards company, Socios.com, making the company an official partner of the Fire.
With a shared vision in leveraging next-generation technology mixed with progressive experiences, the Socios.com and Chicago Fire FC partnership forges a deeper connection with fans, and fuels growth on and off the field.
With 26 Club deals, including Chicago, Socios.com seeks to create a unique community for MLS fans to celebrate their passion for the game and win life-time experiences all from one app. Starting with the 2022 season, the partnership intends to give fans access to exclusive rewards, polls, and opportunities for their favorite clubs. The Fire envisions that fans will be able to have the chance to win prizes for making correct game-related predictions and for correctly answering questions.
“At the Fire, we are aiming to be a Club that is built around fan engagement and cutting-edge technology and this partnership with Socios.com allows us to have another touchpoint with fans,” said Chicago Fire FC Chief Strategy Officer Jeroen van den Bergh. “This is an emerging space and being at the forefront of technology is a major focus for the Fire as we look for new ways to grow the Club worldwide.”
With the highest percentage of millennial audience of any major U.S. sport, the deal with Socios.com seeks to enable the Fire to combine its commitment to innovation and technology to leverage blockchain technology to provide Chicago tools to engage with fans in more immersive ways. Socios.com will be integrated across League and partner clubs’ social channels and receive digital signage at partner club home games.
“Joining forces with the Fire to explore what the best iteration of our blockchain-based fan engagement product will become is truly exciting,” said Max Rabinovitch, Socios.com’s Chief Strategy Officer. “This partnership is going to have far-reaching positive impacts on our evolution and shed light on what the Socios fan engagement universe on the blockchain can be.”
The agreement also enables Socios.com, the Fire, and the League to work together on new fan engagement products in the years ahead.
Socios.com has indicated that it has major global expansion plans and will increase its existing presence in Europe, while targeting many more launches in the USA, Asia, and South America with the world’s leading sports properties. Socios.com recently announced international soccer legend Lionel Messi as the company’s first Global Brand Ambassador.