The Sandbox Blockchain Gaming Platform Second Decentralized Virtual Real Estate LAND Presale Generates 800 ETH in First Day and is almost Sold Out!
Players and Creators Rush to Purchase LAND, the Digital Space for creating Voxel-Based Gaming Experiences in Revolutionary Blockchain-based Metaverse!
SAN FRANCISCO – February 13, 2020 – Animoca Brands (ASX: AB1) and its subsidiary TSB Gaming Ltd, a leading creator of world building experiences, announced today that the second round of the LAND Presale for its forthcoming decentralized blockchain gaming platform The Sandbox, totaling 6,192 unique LAND parcels, generated 800 ETH of sales within hours of opening and is now almost sold out. Ten limited edition user-created game ASSETS (items or digital collectible NFTs) are also available for purchase in the marketplace until February 26, or until stock is depleted.
The Sandbox vision is to provide a blockchain Metaverse where players can build, own, and control a decentralized, player-run set of gaming worlds. The platform aims to reach millions of users, offering true ownership and value for players and their creations through an environment that facilitates collaboration and sharing. LAND makes up the individual blocks of the game world that can be purchased and owned by players and accessed through a virtual map where the locations of LANDs and proximity to larger Estates and key positions will play a role in the gameplay, economy and visibility of games. LAND will have the capability to be rented out to other players, and owners can invite other creators into their LAND to help create an experience collaboratively. Players can combine LANDS into a larger shared space to create a richer, larger gaming or social experience.
The LAND Presales offer players, creators, and crypto enthusiasts the chance to obtain a piece of The Sandbox metaverse at a favorable early adopter price. During the event, participants buy LAND (with ether), and purchase exclusive ASSETS, which are NFT game items such as characters, animals, monuments, buildings, trees, and tools to populate game experiences.
Players can benefit from LAND ownership in multiple ways, including by monetizing game experiences on their LAND, developing virtual real estate, renting their LAND, and staking.
The first LAND presale for The Sandbox was held in December 2019 and offered more than 3,000 LANDs that sold out in 4 hours. The second presale opened on 11 February 2020 and offered 6,192 LANDs (representing 5% of total parcels available for sale on The Sandbox map) and is nearly sold out after one day. This confirms the strong interest from gamers, creators, and artists for the decentralized gaming platform that will empower creators through the use of blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens.
The Sandbox second round of LAND
presale (5% of total map) almost sold out in the first hours
The Sandbox will announce the third LAND presale in the near future.
“The success of the first two presales of The Sandbox strongly validates our approach to building a gaming metaverse, showing the growing interest from creators and gamers in the benefits of true digital ownership that will allow them to monetize their future creations within an open economy,” said Sebastien Borget, COO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “We can see without any doubt that users are ready to jump into our vision of the Metaverse”.
“The future of gaming will be real auctions for virtual assets. Players will be able to travel the Metaverse in style with their customizable avatars without restrictions,” added Arthur Madrid, CEO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox.
The Sandbox will offer a persistent, interactive virtual metaverse, a 3D voxel universe created by players and secured through blockchain technology. LANDS are the unique digital locations in this universe where players can build and monetize games. They are the fundamental building blocks upon which game ASSETs (items and scripting) can be imported to create original interactive experiences. LANDs can be combined into larger groupings (ESTATEs) to permit more ambitious game experiences. There are 166,464 LANDs in The Sandbox, with the scarcity and uniqueness of each LAND verifiable through blockchain technology.
Each of the 166,464 LANDs is tokenized as a ERC-721 non-fungible token (NFT) that uses the transparency of public distributed ledger technology to track its uniqueness and enable true digital ownership, including the ability to sell or rent out LANDs.
The Sandbox team previously secured several partnerships for the first presale from major brands such as Shaun the Sheep and award-winning mobile game studios including Old Skull Games. Additionally, top decentralized games like MyCryptoHeroes, Axie Infinity, CryptoWars, Battle Racers and industry partners such as Klaytn, OpenSea, Bitski, Dapp.com, and DappRadar have also partnered with The Sandbox to collaborate and/or establish interoperability with their platforms and games.
The Sandbox announced the support of 19 key partners for this second presale, including widely known crypto companies MakerDAO, CryptoKitties, Flow, Dedalord, Token Pocket and Matic, global tech brands such as Opera, and blockchain games and companies including Planetarium, Light Trail Rush, Stryking Entertainment, CryptoWars, Reality Clash, Crypto Sword and Magic, Ember Sword, PlayDapp, Blockchain Cuties Universe and Neon District. Also participating were organizations that raise awareness around blockchain technology, including NFT.nyc and Blockchain Game Alliance. These partners secured their own virtual real estate in The Sandbox metaverse and will be among the first to offer multiplayer social experiences upon the public launch of the platform.
The Sandbox game franchise is one of the world’s largest independent user-generated content and gaming platforms, with 40 million downloads and over one million monthly active users. The upcoming voxel-based blockchain version of The Sandbox – which introduces new creative and commercial possibilities by allowing users to create voxel items and gaming worlds from the digital equivalent of building blocks – has been named one of the top 10 most anticipated blockchain games globally and one of the Top 50 Blockchain Gaming companies in the world (source: BlockchainGamer.biz).
The Sandbox vision is to offer a metaverse in which virtual worlds and games will be created collaboratively and without central authority. Because game ASSETs are blockchain-backed digital assets, tokenized as NFTs that are tradeable on a free and open decentralized marketplace, players can enjoy permissionless transfer of their assets from one game to another while retaining digital scarcity, security, and authenticity. The Sandbox offers rich, easy-to-create voxel worlds and game experiences and the ability to safely store, trade, and monetize creations through blockchain, allowing creators to benefit from their creations.
The Sandbox is expected to launch later in 2020, and more information will be revealed in the coming weeks and months. To keep in touch with The Sandbox, please visit www.sandbox.game and follow the regular updates on Medium and Discord.
About TSB Gaming Ltd
TSB Gaming Ltd, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is a leading creator of world building experiences with a team of over 25 senior staff with 10+ years of experience building and maintaining game live operations with millions of players. The Sandbox is a community-driven gaming platform that will allow creators to monetize voxel assets and gaming experiences on blockchain, allowing them to benefit from their creations. Scheduled for release in 2020 and building on existing The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox will offer players and creators a decentralized and intuitive platform to create rich voxel worlds and game experiences and to safely store, trade, and monetize creations through blockchain. For more information, please visit www.sandbox.game and follow the regular updates on Medium and Discord.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands (ASX: AB1) leverages gamification, blockchain, and artificial intelligence technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products including games such as The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes as well as products based on popular intellectual properties such as Formula 1®, Garfield, Snoopy, Thomas & Friends™, Ever After High and Doraemon. Animoca Brands’ portfolio of blockchain investments and partnerships includes Lucid Sight, Dapper Labs (creators of CryptoKitties), WAX, Harmony, and Decentraland. The Company is based in Hong Kong, Canada, Finland, and Argentina. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or get updates by following Animoca Brands on Facebook or Twitter.