Just last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced the transition of Facebook Inc. into Meta, which signifies their focus on establishing a Metaverse. However, what many may not know is that the metaverse has long been alive in the world of cryptocurrencies. One of the top games for metaverses currently is The Sandbox, and it is as fun as it gets.
What Is The Sandbox?
You may have heard of The Sandbox series of games before. These had two successful sequels that launched on mobile devices in 2011 and 2016, respectively. The game developers decided to move on from their mobile ventures and then into the blockchain industry in 2018. Thus, the expansive metaverse known as The Sandbox was created.
The Sandbox can be compared to Minecraft and Roblox in terms of gameplay. Using an assortment of blocks and tools, you can create various things in the game’s world. As they say, creativity is the only limit that you have in The Sandbox. You can create anything from whole worlds to new structures as well. What is even better is you can make a profit out of the game.
The SandBox is a gaming platform comprised of three core elements. First, you have the Voxel Editor. This is a model editing tool that allows you to create in-game assets and easily animate said assets. Next is the Game Maker. As the name suggests, this tool will allow you to create games using the platform. The games you create can vary in genre and gameplay, and it depends on your mastery of the tool what you can create.
Last but not least, we have the Marketplace. This is an integral part of the Sandbox ecosystem as this is where you can sell your creations, and you can buy creations as well. The models and worlds you create on the platforms will be considered NFTs, and the potential to create amazing things depends on what types of creations you can make.
To power the ecosystem, several tokens support the game’s economy. First is the SAND ERC-20 token. This is used within the game and is mainly used for all transactions and interactions in the game’s world. You can exchange it for ETH and vice-versa. It is the game’s equivalent of SLP or smooth love potion in Axie Infinity.
The other token is LAND. This is a digital piece of real estate in the game. You can buy LAND, populate it with names and other interactive experiences. Each LAND is an NFT on the ETH blockchain. Some players purchase LAND, improve it, and then sell it for a profit on the Marketplace. Land can cost a lot in The Sandbox, so it’s a good investment, but its capital is much larger.
Lastly, you have assets. These are tokens created by players who create new things using the VOX Editor and the Game Maker. Assets can be traded on the Marketplace, but their main utility is to be used in the Sandbox Game Maker editor.
Unlike other games on the blockchain, you cannot earn money through mining in The Sandbox. Instead, you have to be creative and sell your creations on the Marketplace. It can be a profitable venture as you can create assets that could be worth thousands of dollars in the Marketplace. With enough effort, you can make it big in The Sandbox.