The Complete Guide To The Sandbox (Updated 2023)

With the availability of blockchain technology, The Sandbox is taking user-generated content (UGC) platforms to the next level. The Sandbox is easily one of the most established yet promising metaverses today. This Sandbox review will tell you all you need to know about the immersive virtual ecosystem.

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Who Is Behind The Sandbox Team?

The Sandbox was created by Pixowl, a San Francisco-based game developer. The company was then acquired by Animoca Brands in 2018, onboarding advisors such as Mikhael Naayem, Yat Siu, Ed Fries, and several others. Here are the core members that have brought The Sandbox to its current heights:

CEO and co-founder: Arthur Madrid

COO and co-founder: Sébastien Borget 

CFO: Marcelo Santurio

CTO: Lucas Shrewsbury

Lead developer: Pablo Iglesias

What Is The Sandbox?

In a nutshell, The Sandbox is a virtual gaming world where players can build, own, and monetize their gaming experiences. Prior to building blockchain games, the company was best known for their mobile games back in 2011 and 2016. The company then pivoted to blockchain gaming in 2018 to provide creators with true ownership of their creations through NFTs, aiming to disrupt industry veterans such as Roblox and Minecraft.

There are several key components in this ecosystem. The Game Maker and VoxEdit helps creators create assets that are sold in The Sandbox Marketplace, LAND NFTs where owners can populate with games and assets, and the SAND token to complete all in-game transactions.

What Is The SAND Token? ($SAND)

$SAND is the main utility token within The Sandbox, used for all transactions and interactions within the ecosystem. This cryptocurrency is typically used to complete P2P transactions, purchase in-game assets, stake to unlock more rewards, crowdfund, and vote in the DAO.

Given that the game is centred around user-generated content, artists and players can create assets and upload them into the game. The system will then charge creators a small amount of $SAND to deter low quality content as these creators might not earn back what they spent. If the creation is successful, it can be another revenue stream for the creators.

That said, this token has a limited supply of 3 billion units, giving it a certain level of scarcity. It can be acquired using credit or debit cards, or through most major cryptocurrency exchanges. Players can also earn $SAND by participating in different games within The Sandbox ecosystem.

The current price for $SAND is:

0.83096 USD


Where To Buy SAND Tokens?

You can buy SAND tokens on cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance.

Buy SAND Tokens on Binance.

What Are Tools To Create In The Sandbox?

The Game Maker is a visual scripting tool that allows creators to terraform their LAND and create games on top of it. This tool allows even beginners with no coding experience to create 3D games on the platform.

Whereas VoxEdit is a software used to create, rig, and animate any voxel-based NFTs in The Sandbox. This can include humans, animals, vehicles, foliage, tools and items. These tools effectively break down the entry barriers to content creation, allowing more people to contribute their creative ideas into the ecosystem.

The Sandbox Gamemaker - Credits: Sandbox

The Sandbox Marketplace

The Sandbox Marketplace is an in-house platform for users to upload, publish, and sell their in-game creations. There are tons of collections, avatars, equipment, and assets for everyone to create their own unique experiences in the Sandbox metaverse.

LANDs are some of the most valuable NFTs in The Sandbox ecosystem. There are a total of 166,464 LANDs in the game, split into LANDs and ESTATEs. A LAND is a basic 96×96 metres sandbox unit, just enough to create various game experiences. Whereas an ESTATE is a combination of multiple LANDs.

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The Sandbox Marketplace currently has over 3400 assets available

What Can You Do With The Sandbox?

Well if you’re a LAND owner in The Sandbox, you are only limited by your own creativity. Besides obvious bragging rights, you can build anything from art galleries, games, concerts, nightclubs, interactive tours, and the list goes on. They can also be a source of revenue if you decide to charge an entry fee. Buying land on Sandbox is also a popular NFT utility idea to attract investors.

In addition, you can also host contests and giveaways through different collaborations for your visitors, potentially increasing the traffic on your LAND. Otherwise, you can consider renting out the space for other businesses or simply rent advertising space for a quick buck.

As for other players, you are free to explore and participate in the myriads of experiences within The Sandbox metaverse.

The Sandbox Game Alpha Season 3

The Alpha season 3 is a 10-week season that launched on August 24, 2022, open to everyone. This season features over 650 quests and more than 90 different playable experiences. For instance, users can dive into the Bored Ape experience, party with The Sandbox resident DJ Steve Aoki, and even stand a chance to win $SAND and ALPHA passes.

Alpha pass holders, land owners, and NFT holders will unlock varying $SAND rewards as they complete levels throughout the season. There will also be 1.5m $SAND to reward the top ranking players of the season. The top player will receive 30,000 $SAND at the end of the season, so you might want to get started!

Notable Partners And Investors

Since the beginning, The Sandbox has been securing strategic partnerships with various entities to develop more content for its users. As of 2022, they have established almost 200 partnerships across multiple industries. This includes big names like Atari, Square Enix, OpenSea, Matic, and many more. They have also onboarded many brand partners such as Snoop Dogg, Warner Music Group, BAYC, World of Women, The Walking Dead, etc. to appeal to a more diverse group of users. 

Snoop Dogg on Sandbox - Credits: Sandbox

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