The Sandbox Partners with Zombie Zoo Keeper and Minto to Build Zombie Zoo Land in Its Metaverse
Zombie Zoo, the Viral Hit NFT Zombie Art Project Created by a Japanese Boy, Will Come to Life on Its Own LAND in The Sandbox
HONG KONG – May 12, 2022 – The Sandbox, a leading decentralized gaming virtual world and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, announced today that it is partnering with Zombie Zoo Keeper, the nine year-old Japanese NFT prodigy, and with Minto, a company that delivers content from manga and anime creators to the world, to create a Zombie Zoo Land experience in The Sandbox metaverse. The Zombie Zoo experience will be created on its own dedicated LAND and will be the first NFT-native IP from Japan to have its own LAND sale in The Sandbox.
Zombie Zoo is an NFT pixel art project originally created by Zombie Zoo Keeper. Each piece in the series was hand-drawn on an iPad as a zombified image of people, animals, the alphabet and more. The project currently consists of over 250 artworks and is traded on the OpenSea NFT marketplace, where it was discovered by music creators. All the Zombie Zoo works have sold out while gaining traction on social media, and Zombie Zoo Keeper was the youngest person selected for the “2021 Forbes Japan 100” list.
Part virtual real estate, part amusement park, The Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space where worlds and heroes collide to make magic.
The Zombie Zoo project joins over 200 global brands – including Adidas, Snoop Dogg, Warner Music Group, Ubisoft and Rabbids, Shibuya 109, Gucci, HSBC, The Walking Dead, The Smurfs, and CryptoKitties – that have already formed IP partnerships to create voxelized versions of their worlds and characters in the metaverse.
“Inspiration should have no boundaries of age or accessibility. Just like Zombie Zoo Keeper became an inspiration from Japan to the rest of the world, we’re making The Sandbox the platform to unleash young people’s creativity and innovation to empower their imagination and own their creations,” said Sébastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “Zombie Zoo Land will be true to the spirit of its creator, providing a 3D immersive experience with a fun, colorful zombie flair that brings the original 2D NFTs and art to life.”
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The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is one of the decentralized virtual worlds that has been fueling the recent growth of virtual real estate demand having partnered with major IPs and brands including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Shibuya 109, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, ZEPETO, CryptoKitties, and more. Building on existing The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox metaverse offers players and creators a decentralized and intuitive platform to create immersive 3D worlds and game experiences and to safely store, trade, and monetize their creations. For more information, please visit www.sandbox.game and follow the regular updates on Twitter, Medium, and Discord.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification that is working to advance digital property rights. It develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. The company has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Bondly, Lympo, Grease Monkey Games, and Eden Games. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of more than 200 investments in NFT-related companies and decentralized projects that are contributing to building the open metaverse, including Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas, and others. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on Twitter or Facebook.
About Zombie Zoo and Zombie Zoo Keeper
“Zombie Zoo" is an NFT art project by a 9-year-old Japanese boy, Zombie Zoo Keeper, which was started with his mother, artist Emi Kusano, as a free research project during summer vacation in 2021. The pixel art, which totals over 250 pieces (as of March 2022), were all drawn on iPads and sold on the NFT marketplace, OpenSea. Discovered by famous music creators and others, all of the works have been sold out and have become a big hit on social networking sites. The artworks were selected for the "2021 Forbes Japan 100" and have become the face of the "NFT art scene in Japan".
Official Website: https://www.zombiezookeeper.com
Minto was established when Quan inc. merged with wwwaap inc. in January 2022. It is set on developing and establishing a creator economy for manga and anime creators to deliver their content to the world.
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Quan to merge with Wwwaap
Company name: Minto Inc.
Founded: January 2022
Office: Japan, Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Kita Aoyama 2-14-4, WeWork the ARGYLE aoyama 6F
Postal Code: 107-0061
Capital stock: 1,572.7 million yen (including capital reserve)
Officers: CEO Kazuhiro Mizuno, Director Genta Nakagawa, Director Nobuyuki Takahashi, Director Jun Ogawa
Business content: Content solution business, IP production business, Web3 business