The Sandbox Review: How to Play and Earn Crypto

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One of the fastest evolving domains in cryptocurrency is blockchain-based gaming. NFT based games can be traced way back to 2017 when CryptoKitties became infamous for the inflation of gas fees. Although it was one of the first games to utilize the concept of NFTs, blockchain gaming came to the spotlight in 2021 when Axie Infinity soared to popularity in the Philippines. Since then, we have seen significant video game companies enter the NFT gaming industry to develop games with better features, tokenomics, and game mechanics. 

For the first time in the gaming world, gamers have ownership of their in-game assets, land parcels, or characters. Gone are the times when in-game achievements were limited only inside the game. With play-to-earn models prevalent in most blockchain-based games, players are now monetizing their in-game assets and skills to earn real money. Gamers and crypto enthusiasts are paying upwards of millions of dollars for digital real estate having no tangible value in the real world. The Sandbox is one game where users can monetize their virtual properties; let's explore how.


What is The Sandbox?

The Sandbox is a decentralized digital universe (metaverse) on the Ethereum blockchain, where you can create your digital items and mint them as NFTs. You can also create a game experience for others and monetize your NFTs with an NFT marketplace integrated into the game. If you have experience playing Minecraft before, the Sandbox's gameplay is very similar. There are numerous player-built worlds, and The Sandbox is the meta world where you can travel from one world to another. 

Mobile game studio, Pixowl Inc. developers created The Sandbox way back in 2011, and it has come a long way since then. In 2013, they started working on a mobile version of the game, considered the modern version's ancestor. In 2018, Animoca Brands acquired the brand to launch its version of the open-world blockchain game re-invented with NFTs. Animoca Brands is a Hong Kong-based brand with developers and staff working remotely from worldwide. The Sandbox has gained support from many big companies worldwide, such as Atari, SoftBank, Adidas, and even celebrities like Avenged Sevenfold and SnoopDogg.

Why Should You Invest in The Sandbox?

After Axie Infinity, many big players have joined the NFT game-making race, and you can find numerous play-to-earn games in the market. The Sandbox is one of the most dynamically developing and popular NFT games, with plans of making it truly cross-platform. Companies like Atari, Binance, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Smurfs, and Square Exis have brought a lot of digital LAND in The Sandbox, represented by ERC-721 tokens. 

These investments have attracted much interest from players and many other big companies, even though the game only recently released its alpha version. The NFT gaming community is not looking at The Sandbox as just another blockchain game but as a serious investment that can yield significant profits. We can only expect it to become more popular with the upcoming game releases. It would also help to read our article on The Sandbox's latest partnership: The Sandbox To Launch Mega City Project With 8 New Partners From Hong Kong.


What are The Tokens of The Sandbox?

The Sandbox economy is mainly based on SAND (an ERC-20 utility token), but the ecosystem also uses several other tokens. 

SAND: It is an ERC-20 utility token used for transactions and interactions in The Sandbox ecosystem. With SAND, you can buy in-game assets and LAND and access various play-to-earn games within the metaverse. The Sandbox is based on the Ethereum blockchain, infamous for its sky-touching gas fees. But you do not have to word about the gas payment as the game takes care of it. You can find SAND listed on all major exchanges such as Binance, Kucoin, Uniswap, Gate.io, FTX, and so on. You can also stake SAND in various liquidity pools and earn new tokens.

GEM: It is an ERC-20 utility token you need to create assets in The Sandbox. GEM tokens can be placed into the sockets of ASSETs and are burned upon use. The more GEM tokens you use on an ASSET, the better it becomes. For example, you can create a sword with 30 tokens in its Strength slot and 50 tokens in its Sharpness slot. The sword will have a sharpness much more significant than its strength. 

CATALYST: Like GEM, it is another ERC-20 token that is burned when used. It is an essential ingredient of creating assets along with GEMs. CATALYST determines the uniqueness of your assets, which means the more CATALYST gems your asset has, the more unique it is.

In 2021, we saw the establishment of Foundation DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), through which LAND and SAND owners can participate in platform management. Community members can vote and take part in essential decision-making processes such as Creators Fund management, making the game cross-platform, making more LAND sales, and so on. The Sandbox has quite a broad roadmap ahead in 2022 and 2023, with plans of making it available on consoles with more than 1000 games. It would be best to watch out for the upcoming premium NFT sale. 


What are the Wallets for The Sandbox?

You can use any Ethereum wallet for The Sandbox. We recommend setting up a MetaMask wallet as it supports most of the Ethereum based tokens (including NTFs). MetaMask helps you make the most out of the game, and you can also use it on Android, iOS, and Chrome. 


How to Start Playing The Sandbox?


Step 1: Wallet Registration

Before starting the game, you need to visit The Sandbox website and register there. It would be best if you had a cryptocurrency wallet to connect to the website. You can either sign in or click on the "Play the Alpha" button on the banner (available only during alpha launch). 

You will get a list of connection options on the following menu. The Sandbox developers themselves suggest users use the MetaMask browser extension for connecting. 

After connecting your crypto wallet, you will be asked to enter your email address along with a nickname of your choice. Next, you have to enter a secure password and complete the registration process. You can see your user avatar and account balance in The Sandbox on the right corner of the site. 


Step 2: Game Client Installation

For getting the game client download link, you need to click on "Play the Alpha" and finish or skip the tutorial. After downloading the file, the standard installer for Windows will start, and you need to follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation. 

The Sandbox Gameplay

The Sandbox is a metaverse where players and game designers are given a chance to make and monetize their games and assets. As a whole, The Sandbox is not a game in its literal sense but a platform for building and playing games. We can discuss the gameplay of The Sandbox in four components.


1. Avatar Creation

In The Sandbox, your avatar is one of the essential elements as it will represent you throughout the metaverse. The Sandbox website has a complete section that will guide you throughout the avatar creation. You can either choose from the presets from creators or modify them yourself and equip them with all the items you need. 

2. The Gamemaker

If you want to create your world in The Sandbox, you can use a unique program offered by the game, The Sandbox Gamemaker. If your computer has the required specifications, you can download the game maker from its website.

With The Sandbox Gamemaker, you will be able to create 3D games of your own in any genre. You can also decide the rules for your game and custom-build the game dynamics. What is the best thing about the software? No prior programming experience is required to make the game of your dreams. You can also take inspiration from the games created by other people available on the application page. 


3. The NFT Creator.

The Sandbox offers you a separate application for creating your custom NFTs, called VoxEdit. With VoxEdit, you can make and animate 3D objects as in-game assets. These assets are created in the form of ASSET tokens (ERC-1155 tokens) and can be fungible and non-fungible. The ASSETS are produced so that you can export them to other games as well in the future. You can sell the assets you create with VoxEdit on the in-game Marketplace of The Sandbox and most other NFT marketplaces.


4. Travelling Through Game Worlds

The Sandbox offers players an opportunity to create many unique game worlds. Players can travel through different worlds to explore other games and setups. Entertaining gameplay is the most critical aspect of any game, and in The Sandbox, you can enjoy gameplay to its fullest. The number of in-game worlds is ever-increasing, and it is so much fun that SnoopDogg presented his world in The Sandbox in September 2021. 


How to Earn SAND and NFTs?

There are many community events organized by The Sandbox in which you can earn SAND tokens and NFTs such as LAND. Let's explore all how you can make money playing The Sandbox.


1. Creating Voxel ASSETs: If you are a creative person with a knack for art, you can become a voxel artist with the voxel art program from The Sandbox. You can then earn money from your 3D voxel art by selling it on the marketplace. The Sandbox also hosts weekly VoxEdit contests. You would need to create an ASSET fitting a specific theme, and the community-chosen winner will receive NFTs.

2. Monetize Experiences on LAND: If you are into making games or making your fantasy world like Minecraft, you can use The Sandbox Gamemaker to create experiences. You can then publish experiences such as games onto LANDS, and you can charge players a small fee to access your game. 

3. Renting Out LAND: If you got your hands on some LAND and want to generate passive income without actively participating, you can rent it out. Renting out your LAND to game developers with no LAND will enable them to publish and monetize their content on your LAND and give you a share of profit.

4. Giveaways: You should always keep an eye on The Sandbox's social media accounts. They host giveaways worth hundreds of thousands of SAND on completing every milestone. Every community member can participate in these giveaways. The Sandbox also hosts its official live streams on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where you can randomly win LANDs or SAND. 

5. Ambassador Program: The Sandbox rewards loyal, knowledgeable and helpful community members who answer users' questions and help them out. As an ambassador, you can also help by making videos, writing articles and translating them, sharing official news on social media, and so on. For gaining rewards, you would have to get accepted and stay active in the program.

In 2021, The Sandbox reported reaching more than half a million wallets and more than 30,000 monthly active users. These numbers are pretty significant for a game that is yet in its alpha stage, so what made it possible? The Sandbox has addictive game mechanics, tools for players to build inside the metaverse, and massive scope for opportunities. Many players spent their entire lockdown interacting with the game universe during the pandemic. The sense of ownership provided by NFTs and creative freedom makes The Sandbox so valuable. With more and more companies joining the array of partners, it is easy to predict the success of The Sandbox. 

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The Sandbox Review: How to Play and Earn Crypto

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One of the fastest evolving domains in cryptocurrency is blockchain-based gaming. NFT based games can be traced way back to 2017 when CryptoKitties became infamous for the inflation of gas fees. Although it was one of the first games to utilize the concept of NFTs, blockchain gaming came to the spotlight in 2021 when Axie Infinity soared to popularity in the Philippines. Since then, we have seen significant video game companies enter the NFT gaming industry to develop games with better features, tokenomics, and game mechanics. 

For the first time in the gaming world, gamers have ownership of their in-game assets, land parcels, or characters. Gone are the times when in-game achievements were limited only inside the game. With play-to-earn models prevalent in most blockchain-based games, players are now monetizing their in-game assets and skills to earn real money. Gamers and crypto enthusiasts are paying upwards of millions of dollars for digital real estate having no tangible value in the real world. The Sandbox is one game where users can monetize their virtual properties; let's explore how.


What is The Sandbox?

The Sandbox is a decentralized digital universe (metaverse) on the Ethereum blockchain, where you can create your digital items and mint them as NFTs. You can also create a game experience for others and monetize your NFTs with an NFT marketplace integrated into the game. If you have experience playing Minecraft before, the Sandbox's gameplay is very similar. There are numerous player-built worlds, and The Sandbox is the meta world where you can travel from one world to another. 

Mobile game studio, Pixowl Inc. developers created The Sandbox way back in 2011, and it has come a long way since then. In 2013, they started working on a mobile version of the game, considered the modern version's ancestor. In 2018, Animoca Brands acquired the brand to launch its version of the open-world blockchain game re-invented with NFTs. Animoca Brands is a Hong Kong-based brand with developers and staff working remotely from worldwide. The Sandbox has gained support from many big companies worldwide, such as Atari, SoftBank, Adidas, and even celebrities like Avenged Sevenfold and SnoopDogg.

Why Should You Invest in The Sandbox?

After Axie Infinity, many big players have joined the NFT game-making race, and you can find numerous play-to-earn games in the market. The Sandbox is one of the most dynamically developing and popular NFT games, with plans of making it truly cross-platform. Companies like Atari, Binance, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Smurfs, and Square Exis have brought a lot of digital LAND in The Sandbox, represented by ERC-721 tokens. 

These investments have attracted much interest from players and many other big companies, even though the game only recently released its alpha version. The NFT gaming community is not looking at The Sandbox as just another blockchain game but as a serious investment that can yield significant profits. We can only expect it to become more popular with the upcoming game releases. It would also help to read our article on The Sandbox's latest partnership: The Sandbox To Launch Mega City Project With 8 New Partners From Hong Kong.


What are The Tokens of The Sandbox?

The Sandbox economy is mainly based on SAND (an ERC-20 utility token), but the ecosystem also uses several other tokens. 

SAND: It is an ERC-20 utility token used for transactions and interactions in The Sandbox ecosystem. With SAND, you can buy in-game assets and LAND and access various play-to-earn games within the metaverse. The Sandbox is based on the Ethereum blockchain, infamous for its sky-touching gas fees. But you do not have to word about the gas payment as the game takes care of it. You can find SAND listed on all major exchanges such as Binance, Kucoin, Uniswap, Gate.io, FTX, and so on. You can also stake SAND in various liquidity pools and earn new tokens.

GEM: It is an ERC-20 utility token you need to create assets in The Sandbox. GEM tokens can be placed into the sockets of ASSETs and are burned upon use. The more GEM tokens you use on an ASSET, the better it becomes. For example, you can create a sword with 30 tokens in its Strength slot and 50 tokens in its Sharpness slot. The sword will have a sharpness much more significant than its strength. 

CATALYST: Like GEM, it is another ERC-20 token that is burned when used. It is an essential ingredient of creating assets along with GEMs. CATALYST determines the uniqueness of your assets, which means the more CATALYST gems your asset has, the more unique it is.

In 2021, we saw the establishment of Foundation DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), through which LAND and SAND owners can participate in platform management. Community members can vote and take part in essential decision-making processes such as Creators Fund management, making the game cross-platform, making more LAND sales, and so on. The Sandbox has quite a broad roadmap ahead in 2022 and 2023, with plans of making it available on consoles with more than 1000 games. It would be best to watch out for the upcoming premium NFT sale. 


What are the Wallets for The Sandbox?

You can use any Ethereum wallet for The Sandbox. We recommend setting up a MetaMask wallet as it supports most of the Ethereum based tokens (including NTFs). MetaMask helps you make the most out of the game, and you can also use it on Android, iOS, and Chrome. 


How to Start Playing The Sandbox?


Step 1: Wallet Registration

Before starting the game, you need to visit The Sandbox website and register there. It would be best if you had a cryptocurrency wallet to connect to the website. You can either sign in or click on the "Play the Alpha" button on the banner (available only during alpha launch). 

You will get a list of connection options on the following menu. The Sandbox developers themselves suggest users use the MetaMask browser extension for connecting. 

After connecting your crypto wallet, you will be asked to enter your email address along with a nickname of your choice. Next, you have to enter a secure password and complete the registration process. You can see your user avatar and account balance in The Sandbox on the right corner of the site. 


Step 2: Game Client Installation

For getting the game client download link, you need to click on "Play the Alpha" and finish or skip the tutorial. After downloading the file, the standard installer for Windows will start, and you need to follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation. 

The Sandbox Gameplay

The Sandbox is a metaverse where players and game designers are given a chance to make and monetize their games and assets. As a whole, The Sandbox is not a game in its literal sense but a platform for building and playing games. We can discuss the gameplay of The Sandbox in four components.


1. Avatar Creation

In The Sandbox, your avatar is one of the essential elements as it will represent you throughout the metaverse. The Sandbox website has a complete section that will guide you throughout the avatar creation. You can either choose from the presets from creators or modify them yourself and equip them with all the items you need. 

2. The Gamemaker

If you want to create your world in The Sandbox, you can use a unique program offered by the game, The Sandbox Gamemaker. If your computer has the required specifications, you can download the game maker from its website.

With The Sandbox Gamemaker, you will be able to create 3D games of your own in any genre. You can also decide the rules for your game and custom-build the game dynamics. What is the best thing about the software? No prior programming experience is required to make the game of your dreams. You can also take inspiration from the games created by other people available on the application page. 


3. The NFT Creator.

The Sandbox offers you a separate application for creating your custom NFTs, called VoxEdit. With VoxEdit, you can make and animate 3D objects as in-game assets. These assets are created in the form of ASSET tokens (ERC-1155 tokens) and can be fungible and non-fungible. The ASSETS are produced so that you can export them to other games as well in the future. You can sell the assets you create with VoxEdit on the in-game Marketplace of The Sandbox and most other NFT marketplaces.


4. Travelling Through Game Worlds

The Sandbox offers players an opportunity to create many unique game worlds. Players can travel through different worlds to explore other games and setups. Entertaining gameplay is the most critical aspect of any game, and in The Sandbox, you can enjoy gameplay to its fullest. The number of in-game worlds is ever-increasing, and it is so much fun that SnoopDogg presented his world in The Sandbox in September 2021. 


How to Earn SAND and NFTs?

There are many community events organized by The Sandbox in which you can earn SAND tokens and NFTs such as LAND. Let's explore all how you can make money playing The Sandbox.


1. Creating Voxel ASSETs: If you are a creative person with a knack for art, you can become a voxel artist with the voxel art program from The Sandbox. You can then earn money from your 3D voxel art by selling it on the marketplace. The Sandbox also hosts weekly VoxEdit contests. You would need to create an ASSET fitting a specific theme, and the community-chosen winner will receive NFTs.

2. Monetize Experiences on LAND: If you are into making games or making your fantasy world like Minecraft, you can use The Sandbox Gamemaker to create experiences. You can then publish experiences such as games onto LANDS, and you can charge players a small fee to access your game. 

3. Renting Out LAND: If you got your hands on some LAND and want to generate passive income without actively participating, you can rent it out. Renting out your LAND to game developers with no LAND will enable them to publish and monetize their content on your LAND and give you a share of profit.

4. Giveaways: You should always keep an eye on The Sandbox's social media accounts. They host giveaways worth hundreds of thousands of SAND on completing every milestone. Every community member can participate in these giveaways. The Sandbox also hosts its official live streams on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where you can randomly win LANDs or SAND. 

5. Ambassador Program: The Sandbox rewards loyal, knowledgeable and helpful community members who answer users' questions and help them out. As an ambassador, you can also help by making videos, writing articles and translating them, sharing official news on social media, and so on. For gaining rewards, you would have to get accepted and stay active in the program.

In 2021, The Sandbox reported reaching more than half a million wallets and more than 30,000 monthly active users. These numbers are pretty significant for a game that is yet in its alpha stage, so what made it possible? The Sandbox has addictive game mechanics, tools for players to build inside the metaverse, and massive scope for opportunities. Many players spent their entire lockdown interacting with the game universe during the pandemic. The sense of ownership provided by NFTs and creative freedom makes The Sandbox so valuable. With more and more companies joining the array of partners, it is easy to predict the success of The Sandbox. 

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