Players and Creators Furiously Purchased LAND, the Digital Space where Voxel-Based Gaming Experiences Can Be Created, to Start Building Rich New Games in a Revolutionary Blockchain based Metaverse!
December 5, 2019 – Animoca Brands (ASX: AB1) and its subsidiary TSB Gaming Ltd, a leading creator of world building experiences, announced today that the first round of the LAND Presale for its forthcoming decentralized blockchain gaming platform, The Sandbox, sold out in the first four hours of the planned 15-day event. Five limited edition ASSETS (NFTs), however, are still available for purchase in the marketplace until December 20, or until stock is depleted.
The Sandbox first round of LAND presale (2.5% of total map) sold out in less than 4 hours
“As pioneers and early adopters in the space of gaming with blockchain-based assets, we believe The Sandbox’s metaverse will offer a virtual playground completely made and owned by creators.” said Sebastien Borget, COO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “Today we are making history in gaming, offering for the first time virtual real-estate and enabling people to buy digital lands, the same way you buy real-estate in real world. All this new digital assets ecosystem is supported by Ethereum enabling full ownership and decentralized trading” added Arthur Madrid, COO & Co Founder of The Sandbox “We are proud to build new experiences with amazing passionate people. We believe blockchain technology creates a new space of freedom and creation. The future of our social expression is digital, creative and fun.”
The Sandbox offers 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 metaverse where players can build and monetize games. They’re the fundamental building block upon which game ASSET (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 only 166,464 LANDS in the metaverse, with the scarcity and uniqueness of each LAND verifiable through blockchain technology.
Each of the +166K LANDs will be tokenized as a ERC-721 non-fungible token (NFT) that enables, using the transparency of the public distributed ledger, to track the uniqueness of each LAND and enable true digital ownership including the ability to sell or rent out LANDS.
This initial LAND Presale was the first chance for players, creators, and crypto enthusiasts to obtain a piece of The Sandbox metaverse, at a very favorable price. During the event, participants were allowed to buy LAND (with ETH), and purchase exclusive ASSETS (NFTs) ie. game items such as characters, animals, monuments, buildings, trees, tools to populate game experiences.
Players can benefit from their LAND ownership in multiple ways including monetizing game experiences on their LAND, virtual real estate investment, renting their LAND, and staking.
The Sandbox’s team has also secured several partnerships from major brands such as Shaun the Sheep and award-winning mobile game studios including Animoca Brands, 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 signed on. These partners will claim a stake in The Sandbox metaverse and secure their own virtual real estate to build game experiences either themselves or through their fan communities that can be experienced upon the public launch of the platform in 2020.
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 adds many new creative and commercial possibilities as users can 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 (source: BlockchainGamer.biz).
The Sandbox’s vision is to offer a metaverse where virtual worlds and games will be created collaboratively 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, 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 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, its community-driven gaming platform where creators can monetize voxel assets and gaming experiences on the blockchain, allowing them to benefit from their creations. Scheduled for release in 2020 and building on The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox offers 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 Garfield, Snoopy, Thomas & FriendsTM, Ever After High and Doraemon. Animoca Brands’ portfolio of blockchain investments and partnerships includes Dapper Labs, WAX, Harmony, and Decentraland, and it is also the exclusive China distributor of CryptoKitties. 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.