About The Sandbox Developers
The Sandbox game was created by the developers of Pixowl Inc., founded in 2011 as a startup. Since 2013, the manufacturer has been working with The Sandbox 1 and the 2D Sandbox Evolution game for mobile devices. The company can boast of many eminent partners, including:
- Wax, and others
Thanks to this support, the team plans to reach 100 million users over the next ten years. The founders of Sandbox are Arthur Madrid (CEO) and Sebastian Borge (COO). The staff includes specialists from France, England, the USA, Argentina, Japan, India, etc. The company is proud of such a multinationality and believes that diverse cultures will positively impact game development.
What Is The Sandbox?
The Sandbox is a decentralised world-building game that utilises blockchain technology. It is a platform that enables users to play, create and monetise voxel assets and gaming experiences. Voxel assets are 3D pixels that can be used to create 3D digital items.
Players can create digital assets through the free VoxEdit software. These assets can be turned into non-fungible tokens (NFTs), then uploaded to The Sandbox marketplace. There they can be sold to other Sandbox players. Assets purchased in the marketplace can be added to your inventory, used on your LAND or avatar, put into a game, or resold on the marketplace.
Players can utilise the free Game Maker software provided by The Sandbox to develop and monetise their own games using assets from the marketplace. The Game Maker software is as intuitive as the VoxEdit software is for creating assets. Neither requires prior experience in coding. This makes it an easy on-ramp for anyone who has ever been tempted to try creating their own game. Games can be uploaded to land and creators can receive rewards and payments from players who engage with their content.
The Sandbox utilises the power of blockchain technology and flips the traditional gaming experience on its head. Players and content creators are rewarded in a virtuous cycle that results in a dynamic gaming experience.
Comparison With Minecraft
The Sandbox’s ideas are very similar to Minecraft. There are similar cubic graphics and ample opportunities to realize your potential. But, unlike Minecraft, Sandbox has one undeniable advantage — a well-implemented blockchain and a marketplace where players buy and sell their creations.
This opportunity, in turn, encourages players to create unique locations. Gorgeous landscapes with real buildings, maps of states, game characters, numerous interactive objects — the scale for the activity is impressive. It is noteworthy that each world belongs to one specific user. This is possible thanks to the introduction of NFT tokens into the system.
The creators argue that blockchain doesn’t make The Sandbox any better. However, it helps to unify the players’ experience. As a result, developers with players can be rewarded for their efforts. The company plans to achieve full decentralization in the game by issuing SAND tokens. Thus, players will have 100% ownership of the platform, which will continue to develop. SAND holders will be able to make decisions on key management and development issues.
What Are NFTs In The Sandbox?
To understand the true potential of The Sandbox, it is important to understand the importance of NFTs. NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are key to the game’s economy and mechanics. Fungibility simply refers to something that is easily exchangeable. $1 is fungible because it can be exchanged for almost anything. Things that are non-fungible are things that are not easily exchanged, things that have unique qualities, and a unique valuation. NFTs are basically items that have a unique stamp of authenticity making them collectible. NFTs in The Sandbox are recorded on the Ethereum blockchain. This means they have an immutable record of who owns them.
NFTs are vital to the ecosystem of The Sandbox because anyone can become an asset or game creator. The more unique and appealing the asset is, the more players will be willing to spend on it. This helps promote a virtuous loop within the game by incentivising asset creators to create the most exciting assets for the game. It enables an infinite number of possibilities for creators and increases the overall player experience as a result.
The Sandbox Guide: How To Play The Sandbox?
The Sandbox was originally launched in 2012 as a mobile game. However, the release of it as a blockchain-based NFT metaverse has been delayed. The roadmap indicates that the progressive opening of the Metaverse to land owners won’t occur until Q1 2022. This opening will also be restricted to land owners who have built high-quality experiences. The launch of the DAO with staking and voting mechanisms won’t launch until Q2 2022 and we can expect the launch of the first virtual concerts to occur in Q3 2022 with Deadmau5.
The Sandbox Guide: What Is In-Game LAND?
LAND is an ERC-1155 token that can be bought and sold on Opensea.io. LAND is essentially a small piece of digital real estate within The Sandbox. Players can customise their LAND into a unique space where they can host games, build multiplayer experiences, create housing, or offer social experiences to the community. Players can be as creative as they want with their LAND or rent out their property to other players. Through customising their space, players are able to monetise their LAND ownership through charging players entrance fees to play games or attend events that they host like a concert, show or viewing party.
The Sandbox Guide: How Can You Make Money?
It all depends on the users themselves. The platform does not provide any financial advice, but you can always ask community members for advice. By investing SAND in LAND, you can generate passive income. At the moment, the contribution is the only way to get in-game items that you can use or sell.
In the game, you can make contributions to the liquidity pool and get your share of the profit, the amount of which depends on the rate. The reward will increase depending on the number of land plots you own. When making a profit from SAND tokens, you may have to pay income tax. Check your country’s tax regulations for more details.
The Sandbox Guide: How Does Play To Earn Work?
Players can interact with The Sandbox through their unique avatar. They can roam the Sandbox world, view other players’ content, play games that other players have created, or attend events on other players’ land. Alternatively, they can interact with The Sandbox through creating assets for the marketplace or a game by the game maker software within the game.
What Is SAND Token?
SAND is the native utility token within The Sandbox game. It is an ERC-20 token that is built on the Ethereum blockchain. It is used for everything within the game and is the basis for all transactions and interactions. SAND’s uses include:
- Gaining access to other players’ land and games they have created.
- It is used by content creators to upload their content to the marketplace and buying GEMs used for defining the rarity of their created assets.
- SAND is a medium of exchange within the marketplace for purchasing assets
- SAND is the governance token for voting within the game. SAND owners can vote themselves or delegate their voting rights to another player.
- SAND is used for staking to earn additional rewards.
What is significant about the tokenomics of The Sandbox is that every transaction in the marketplace introduces a 5% fee capture. This fee is then redistributed through staking SAND rewards, rewarding creators through funding, and rewarding players for simply interacting within The Sandbox universe. Players are constantly rewarded for interacting within the world, giving them SAND tokens that they can reinvest into the world and support the asset or game creators they are interacting with.
The Sandbox Guide: Purchasing LANDs from The Sandbox
LANDs are purchased from The Sandbox during public LAND sales, which are announced in our official communities in advance. To purchase LAND from The Sandbox, you need to have registered an account first.
You will also need SAND inside the wallet that you have connected to your account at The Sandbox, as well as ETH for the blockchain’s transaction fees.
During public LAND sales, those interested in purchasing LANDs will need to head over to the map on The Sandbox’s website. And then to purchase LANDs:
- Click on the available LAND that you wish to purchase.
Available regular LANDs will be grey and available premium LANDs will be yellow.
- A panel will open on the right of the screen. Click the blue buy button.
The LAND will become booked until the transaction is complete, the transaction is cancelled, the transaction fails (ie due to insufficient gas), or the transaction times out (after two hours). The LAND will turn purple to indicate it is booked.
- Your wallet should now pop up, asking you to confirm the transaction and set how much gas (charged in ETH) to use.
- Once confirmed via your wallet, the transaction will be in progress. The time it takes to complete is affected by your chosen amount of gas and also any congestion on the blockchain.
Once successful, the LAND will turn red to indicate that you now own it.
Purchasing LANDs from OpenSea
OpenSea is a secondary, third-party marketplace where you can purchase many NFTs, including The Sandbox LANDs. You would need to register for an account at OpenSea to purchase the LANDS from there. And you would also need to register an account at The Sandbox to use the LANDs on the platform. LAND can be purchased in SAND or ETH on OpenSea, which is dependent on the choice of the seller.
We advise using the same wallet on both platforms, to avoid having to pay fees to move the LAND from the wallet you’re using on OpenSea to the wallet that you’re using on The Sandbox.
Identifying Genuine LANDs On OpenSea
Just like most other places in the online world, there are a fair share of shady and malicious individuals trying to mislead good, genuine people via secondary NFT markets. Below, we will share some advice to make sure the LAND you are viewing on OpenSea is genuine.