Sandbox is a decentralized world-building game that utilizes blockchain technology. In Sandbox, players automate their in-game NFTs using smart contracts and tools such as Ethereum’s ERC 721 standard or Enjin Coin’s mintable tokens. In the last few years, several games adopted this approach to cryptocurrency, notably Cryptokitties, CryptoBeasties, Etherbots, and V-Bots.
However, what are the NFTs that are involved in Sandbox? What makes them unique compared to other games that utilize blockchain technology? The following article will answer these questions.
SAND Crypto NFTs
To create automatized NFTs in Sandbox, developers need to purchase SAND. When an NFT is created with SAND, it’ll produce two additional tokens: a “SAND Crypto” token and the player’s unique “NXT ID”. Every SAND Crypto token is backed up by one kilogram of actual sand from the Sahara Desert.
SAND Crypto Tokens are tradable using the SAND Wallet, which is also required to mint NXT ID tokens. The value of these three tokens always remains in equilibrium because if one token’s value increases, it’ll affect the other two. It works like this: when the Minecraft NFT price decreases, so does the amount of sand available. This makes the value of SAND Crypto tokens increase, which then increases the NXT ID token price because it is fixed to one kilogram of real-life sand that can be redeemed for $0.25 on average.
The reason why devs created this system is because it guarantees that players can always redeem their purchased NFTs for a fixed amount of real-life sand. It also incentivizes devs to reduce the price of their NFTs, as it would make them lose money otherwise. In addition, using SAND Crypto tokens is more expensive than using Ether or Enjin Coin’s token due to transaction fees on blockchain networks. This way, players have both more control and more incentive to purchase an NFT.
The Sandbox was also built on the Ethereum blockchain. All NFTs are recorded on Ethereum’s public blockchain, enabling them to interact with each other. For example, the NXT ID token contains a username which can be used on the Sandbox’s official website. The NFT’s unique identifier is also recorded on Ethereum to prevent players from duplicating NFTs in-game using fake NXT IDs.
The Sandbox in action
To create an in-game item, players must first purchase SAND Crypto tokens. Next, players receive an NXT ID token and a SAND Wallet. The wallet came with the game’s client, but users need to synchronize it with Ethereum blockchain for their NFTs. After that, players can go ahead and purchase an NFT using their SAND tokens. The purchased item will appear in-game immediately.
Sandbox also allows players to buy or sell items using Enjin Coin, a cryptocurrency for gamers. In the future, Sandbox aims to include fiat-payment systems as well!
In conclusion, The Sandbox’s NFTs are very unique compared to other games that use blockchain technology. Players have more control over their purchased NFTs and the game’s devs aren’t affected if players resell their NFTs. To play, you must first purchase SAND Crypto tokens. These tokens also “maintain equilibrium” with one another: their value changes together even if one of the tokens’ value changes.
For more information about The Sandbox and its unique NFTs, check out their official website.