Sandbox

What is The Sandbox?

What is the Sandbox? Have you ever imagined a world where players can build, own, and monetize their gaming experiences? Sandbox is a virtual world that is able to accomplish that. It achieves this experience on the Ethereum blockchain utilizing SAND, the platform’s utility token. Sandbox is a subsidiary of the legendary Animoca Brands and is also involved with REVV

The Vision

The team behind Sandbox has a strong vision to create a metaverse that will allow players to create virtual worlds collaboratively and without any central authority. So the team aims to disrupt the existing game makers like Minecraft and Roblox to truly provide users with ownership. Furthermore, users will be able to obtain a  “non-fungible” token for their creations and gain rewards for participating with the platform’s utility token – SAND.  

There exists a crucial issue with the current game market and that is with the centralized ownership and limitations with creator ownership rights. So the lack of user control over their creations restricts the ability for users to generate any value for their creations. To make things even more difficult, it is challenging to justify creative ownership of many of the creations as many of the contents are copied, altered, and built upon.  

Sandbox is able to solve all these fundamental issues while also accelerating the adoption of blockchain technology to the growing gaming market. Above all, this will be achieved by building a voxel gaming platform that will allow creators to craft, play, share, collect, and trade without any central authority. Creators will also be able to benefit from the secure copyright ownerships by receiving SAND. Furthermore, all of the copyright ownerships will be established via NFTs – where each item in the game will have an unique and immutable blockchain identifier.

The Ecosystem

The Sandbox ecosystem has three integral parts that work together to create an one of a kind of an experience for users. So with this platform, users are able to experience the comprehensiveness of user-generated content production.

1. VoxEdit

A simple and powerful free 3D voxel modelling package that will allow users to create and animate 3D objects like people, animals, foliage, and tools. In addition, these objects will be able to be exported into the Sandbox marketplace and become in-game assets.

2. Marketplace

Sandbox’s web-based marketplace will allow users to publish, upload, and sell their creations made on VoxEdit. The creations will be sold as tokens (ERC-721 and ERC-1155).

3. Game Maker

For anyone that owns assets, users can utilize them with the Game Maker and the game itself. When in the Game Maker mode, users can use assets within a piece of LAND (an ERC-721 token) and also own the land in the virtual world. Users will be able to decorate their LAND with ASSETs and also implement interesting gameplay mechanics to create a fuller game experience.

The Technical Structure:

As mentioned previously, the Sandbox platform runs exclusively on Ethereum. By running on Ethereum, users can transfer, sell, or use tokens without any restrictions. To store all the information of ASSETS, the IPFS is used. Therefore, the IPFS ensures that information cannot be changed without a permission from the owners.

The standard protocol for Sandbox is the ERC-20. It is used for SAND, GEM, and CATALYST tokens. So the storage and trading of LAND and ASSETS are under the ERC-1155 and ERC-721 standards.

Image taken from Sandbox

Below shows the overall structure of Sandbox:

Image taken from Sandbox

To better optimize gameplay on the platform, Sandbox uses a game engine built on Unity. So with a strong sense of quality in mind, Sandbox uses Unity’s Universal Render Pipeline (URP) which will be able to support mobile platforms in the future without sacrificing the quality of games. The game engine also supports custom Voxel models, rigging, and animation formats (VXR, VXA, VXM) from Voxedit.

So what is SAND and how do I use it?

SAND acts as an essential part of the Sandbox platform. As an ERC-20 utility token built on the Ethereum platform it will serve as the basis of transactions on the Sandbox platform. The following are few of the use cases of the SAND token:

  • Access to Sandbox Platform – Players can spend SAND to play games, buy equipment, or customize their Avatar. So to acquire ASSETS and LAND, the creator must spend SAND or stake SAND.  
  • Governance Holders of the SAND token will be able to participate in the governance of the platform – under the DAO structure. Token holders will be able to execute voting rights and attributes to grants. SAND owners can also vote themselves or delegate others for voting rights. 
  • Staking – SAND also allows users to participate in staking. This will be a passive source of revenue. 
  • Fee Capture Model – 5% of all transaction volume carried out in SAND tokens will be split equally to the Staking Pool as a reward and the “Foundation”
  • Foundation – The main function of the Foundation is to support the ecosystem of the Sandbox platform. This Foundation will provide grants which will incentivize high quality content and game production on the platform.

Blockchain vs Non-blockchain Gaming Platforms:

Photo from Sandbox Whitepaper

Token Sales and Economics:

Token Allocation

Photo taken from Binance

Token Sales

Token Governance and Usage of Funds

The team will split the usage of the funds in the following categories:

Growth for development team and infrastructure for game platform – 45%

Marketing – 45%

Security, legal, and compliance expenses – 7%

General and administrative expenses – 3%

All the funds will be held in cryptos, stablecoins, and fiat currencies. 

Future Plans

2021:

  • Partnerships – New IPs and Premium NFTs announcement soon
  • Foundation – Launch of the Foundation DAO with SAND staking for voting on Creators Fund management
  • Game Maker – Official Release 1.0 and major updates with more gaming packages, Behaviors and Visual Scripting 
  • Game – Official Release 1.0 and major updates 
  • LAND Public sale – Regular LAND sales will continue 
  • Events – Additional Seasons with big rewards to earn 
  • Multi-platforms – Availability of Game on smartphones and tablets devices 
  • Multiplayer – First user-generated games with multiplayer modes 
  • SAND – Staking mechanisms for Yield generation and curation 

 

2022:

  • Partnerships – New IPs and Premium NFTs announcement soon
  • Games Platform – Over 1,000 Games available 
  • Multi-platforms – Availability of Game on consoles
  • LAND Public sale – Regular LAND sales will continue 
  • Game Maker – Co-Building Mode – creating games with Friends, Custom Scripting with programming 3rd layer and major updates with more gaming packages and Behaviors
  • Events – Additional Seasons with big rewards to earn 

 

2023:

  • Games Platform – Over 5,000 Games available 
  • Partnerships – New IPs and Premium NFTs announcement soon
  • Game Maker – Major updates with more gaming packages and behaviors added 
  • Events – Additional Seasons with big rewards to earn
  • DAO – The Sandbox DAO will allow to participate in major decisions on the Game Platform

Conclusion

In conclusion, with the continual growth of the gaming industry, Sandbox serves as a revolutionary platform for future gamers and games. Users can participate in a decentralized platform with governance and economy while also enjoying the gaming experience. The team behind Sandbox will also continue to build the platform in a way that will allow everyone to play, create, collect, earn, govern, and own assets in the game. 

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