The Sandbox hopes to spur LAND sales using 'Black Mirror' and 'Walking Dead' as bait

Quick Take

  • Metaverse platform The Sandbox is launching a new cinematic-themed neighborhood where buyers of virtual land can build immersive experiences alongside famous Hollywood brands like “The Walking Dead,” “Black Mirror” and “Peaky Blinders.”
  • Sales for plots of virtual land in The Sandbox, or LAND non-fungible tokens, plummeted after the end of crypto’s last bull run.

Hoping to renew interest in the metaverse, The Sandbox SAND -3.03% announced it's launching a new virtual neighborhood called "Cinerama," where users can signup for the chance to buy and then develop their digital property into an "opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, and transform film concepts into immersive, interactive entertainment."

The new digital neighborhood will feature well-known Hollywood brands like "The Walking Dead," "Black Mirror," "Peaky Blinders" and "Cheech and Chong," according to a statement. Major production companies like Skydance — producer of "Top Gun" and "Terminator" films — and Lionsgate are also partners.

"This event not only offers enthusiasts the chance to own a piece of cinematic history but also fosters an environment where creativity flourishes alongside industry giants," The Sandbox COO and co-founder Sebastien Borget said in the statement. In October, Borget told The Block that interest in his platform has shifted away from virtual land speculation and toward offering real gaming experiences. 

The Sandbox said there are more than 400 plots of digital land up for grabs in Cinerama. In total, the platform has sold 70% of its more than 165,000 LAND NFTs.

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During the last crypto bull run, and amid rising excitement for the metaverse after Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his company from Facebook to Meta, sales for The Sandbox LAND NFTs, which act like deeds to the virtual real estate, skyrocketed.

At one point in late 2021, daily trading volume for LAND NFTs peaked at more than 13,000 ether, according to OpenSea data, which now equates to about $26 million. The floor price on LAND tokens then hit a high of 4.5 ether each, now about $8,600, in January 2022.

The Sandbox's native SAND token has recently rebounded from $0.28 in October to a current price of roughly $0.42, according to The Block Research data. But the token, which has a market cap of $859 million, is trading far below its all-time high of $8.40.

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RT Watson is a senior reporter at The Block who covers a wide array of topics including U.S.-based companies, blockchain gaming and NFTs. Formerly covered entertainment at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. and the creator economy while focusing primarily on technological disruption across media. Previous to that he covered corporate, economic and political news in Brazil while at Bloomberg. RT has interviewed a diverse cast of characters including CEOs, media moguls, top influencers, politicians, blue-collar workers, drug traffickers and convicted criminals. Holds a master's degree in Digital Sociology.


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