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Virtual World The Sandbox Sees Resurgence

Discover how The Sandbox, a leading decentralized virtual world, comes back to life driven by a surge in NFT trading. Explore the data and insights behind this turnaround in this latest report.

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Eliza Crichton-Stuart

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In a surprising turn of events amid a general downtrend for web3 games and projects in 2023, The Sandbox has managed to bounce back, showcasing positive growth in both its SAND market cap and NFT trading.

Newly released data from the "State of The Sandbox Q4 2023 Report" by the well-known web3 analytics company Messari sheds light on the notable resurgence. In this article, we explore the latest data and share insights behind the notable turnaround.

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Partnerships and Sales

The standout performance is evident in the non-LAND NFT sales, which experienced a substantial 43% increase during the final quarter of 2023. This surge is attributed to a significant uptick in non-LAND mints, totaling 30,194 and marking a noteworthy year-on-year surge of 246%.

Key contributors to these mints were avatars from collaborations such as Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix with Ubisoft, as well as the Extraordinary Attorney Woo and The Notorious B.I.G. Big Poppa NFT collections.

Virtual World The Sandbox Sees Resurgence

Interestingly, public LAND sales took the lead in driving overall sales in Q4, constituting 44% of the total volume. Nevertheless, private LAND trading also saw a commendable 19% increase during the same period. However, auction sales, public LAND sales, and estate sales all experienced a decline, resulting in a 42% decrease in total revenue, primarily due to a drop in primary sales volume.

Despite a modest 8% decrease in SAND staking during Q4, The Sandbox witnessed a substantial recovery, with the SAND market cap soaring by 89% to reach an impressive $1.2 billion by the end of 2023. This boost can be largely attributed to an 86% surge in the price of SAND, climbing from $0.31 to $0.58.

Virtual World The Sandbox Sees Resurgence

Role of UGC

Beyond the numerical achievements, 2023 marked a pivotal year for The Sandbox, emphasizing its commitment to user-generated content (UGC). The release of Game Maker 0.9 and the opening of LAND publishing to all reflect the platform's dedication to empowering creators.

Sebastien Borget, COO and co-founder of The Sandbox commented on the platform's evolution, stating: "The Sandbox is already quite different from what it was 1 year ago, and we’ve proven it by introducing dozens of branded events, new seasons, and hundreds of UG experiences. 2024 will be the Year of the Creators."

Virtual World The Sandbox Sees Resurgence

More About The Sandbox?

The Sandbox, a decentralized virtual world boasting over 27,000 landowners in its alpha phase, now hosts nearly 700 live player-created games with 50,000-100,000 monthly active users. Fueled by the $SAND token, Sandbox features a user-friendly Game Maker, empowering creators in game design, asset creation, and world-building.

Recent partnerships with over 400 top brands, including FaZe Clan, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, and Ubisoft, have broadened the platform's appeal. The metaverse now boasts over 20 branded avatar collections, allowing players to express themselves through digital identities.

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Looking ahead, The Sandbox aims to drive mass adoption by 2025, with short-term goals including transitioning from alpha to beta and enhancing features around achievements, battle passes, and creator monetization. Long-term plans involve expanding to mobile, embracing cross-chain interoperability, and leveraging AI for procedural content generation.

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According to co-founder Sebastien Borget, Asia currently leads in metaverse adoption, positioning The Sandbox to support creators internationally. The team remains optimistic that the next major hitmaker may emerge from unexpected regions outside the US and Europe, aspiring to empower billions to create and thrive in user-generated gaming worlds.


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updated:

March 6th 2024

posted:

March 6th 2024

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