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Karate Combat Enlists Symphony to Develop the Industry’s First DAO Application for Fans and Athletes

Published By
David Cramer
June 14, 2023

The partnership highlights Symphony’s commitment to creating high-quality digital products for clients and their users.

San Francisco, CA – June 6, 2023Symphony, the leading global software design and development organization, has partnered with Karate Combat, a live-action, full-contact martial arts sports league, to develop the league’s first decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) application. 

Deeply integrated within the technology and startup ecosystem, Symphony builds enduring partnerships by bringing strategic product and engineering expertise to the forefront, ultimately reducing development time, lowering investment risk and facilitating access to funding. Karate Combat is the first martial arts sports league structured with a DAO. In partnership, Symphony was contracted to serve as the Developer Support Vendor to help develop the first DAO app that empowers Karate Combat’s community of more than 4.5 million fans by facilitating the ability to control decisions in a real-world pro-sports league. From the app, fans and fighters can now govern the Karate Combat league, vote on upcoming fighter matchups, and earn more $KARATE with Up Only Gaming. 

“The DAO construct puts fans at the center of the sports action as real participants, which is a completely new concept in sports entertainment, and therefore it was essential to design and build an app that is strategically sound,” said Robert Bryan, Founder of Karate Combat. “Continuing our momentum from raising our $18 million SAFT funding round, we are thrilled to work with the Symphony team on this project. From the beginning, the Symphony team had a clear understanding of our vision, and worked efficiently to deliver a superior experience for our fans.” 

Symphony has designed and built over 200 different products on behalf of partners and is an industry leader in developing market-leading digital experiences for consumers. With its emphasis on collaboration, the company is uniquely positioned to integrate and accelerate a client’s existing delivery team, and swiftly define and develop solutions based on the client’s vision. With this approach, Symphony helped KC define the vision, build and launch the MVP, develop the roadmap, and launch the website and mobile applications.

“As Karate Combat’s technology and engineering partner in this endeavor, we are thrilled with the enthusiasm from both teams to create a first-of-its-kind DAO offering for users to engage deeply within the community,” said Muamer Cisija, co-founder and President of Symphony. “At Symphony, our goal is to leverage our dedicated and distributed team to enable tech companies to unlock creative software solutions that drive bottom line business growth. Karate Combat is championing new approaches to sports entertainment and we look forward to our continued partnership.” 

The Karate Combat app is available for download via iOS devices and will be available via Android in the future. Players can also access via the web. 

About Symphony 

Symphony aims to unlock the full potential of humans and technology by creating innovative digital experiences with meaningful value for clients and communities. Symphony works with eight out of Fortune’s most admired brands of 2022, companies that have raised over $12.5 billion in funding and backed by a16z, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, as well as being a preferred vendor of Google Ventures and StartX. Symphony is headquartered in San Francisco and has a global workforce of over 700 technologists and strategists. For additional information, visit https://www.symphony.is/

About Karate Combat

Karate Combat is the world's premier full contact striking league, blending the excitement of live-action, full-contact Karate with immersive CGI environments powered by the Epic Games Unreal gaming and virtual production engine. Olympic medalists and national champions from around the world are just some of the elite black belts invited to compete in eight different weight divisions in pursuit of a Karate Combat World Championship. The league is streamed and broadcast to over 100 countries worldwide. Karate Combat is owned by the Sensei Foundation, a Cayman Islands Foundation Company, and a subsidiary of Sensei Foundation BVI, a trust established in the British Virgin Islands.

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