World Poker Tour and Theta Labs announce NFT-signed WPT Season Pass

Haley Hintze
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Posted on: September 16, 2022 9:33 am EDT

The World Poker Tour and its non-fungible token (NFT) partner, Theta Labs, have announced a new NFT-signed WPT Season Pass launch in concert with the WPT’s upcoming Season 19 content. With the new Season Pass, viewers can access the broadcasts of recent WPT events via any number of smart devices to be viewed at their leisure.

The new Season Pass offering represents the latest developmental step in the NFT-themes relationship between the WPT and Theta Labs. The two entities previously joined forces last year to offer multiple series of NFT-signed, digital and video collectibles featuring prominent players, officials and historic moments.

The WPT Season 19 Pass brings to reality a slightly-morphed the initial vision that the WPT and Theta Labs announced when they began their partnership in 2020. At that time, the WPT and Theta Labs announced plans for a blockchain-driven 24/7 online channel featuring WPT content. The NFT and blockchain element remains in the current version, though rather than offering only pre-scheduled streamed content, the WPT Season Pass format instead allows viewers to watch whatever they want at times of their own choosing.

The WPT Season Pass concept also stays close to one of the initial purposes for the use of NFTs. The digitally-signed nature of any NFT-tagged product makes it unique and resistant to counterfeiting or duplication. In turn, that largely blocks one of the banes of modern commercial-content access, password sharing.

Some content available internationally before release to U.S. audience

For the WPT’s Season 19 broadcasts, in addition to the latter part of Season 18, many of the broadcasts will be released over the next several months, with non-U.S. viewers having first access to the newest commercial-free content when it becomes available.

Via its @thetadrop Twitter account, Theta Labs has announced the release schedule for the WPT Season 19 Pass:

Available Now:

  • Season 18 Episodes 1-12 (worldwide)
  • Season 18 Episodes 13-24 (non-U.S. viewers)
  • Season 19 Episodes 1-12 (non-U.S. viewers)

Coming Soon:

  • Season 18 Episodes 13-24 (U.S. viewers) available week-by-week starting October 4, 2022
  • Season 19 Episodes 13-24 (non-U.S. viewers) available week-by-week starting December 5, 2022
  • Season 19 available to U.S. viewers in April 2023

Featured image source: Theta Labs