It’s been a year since The Sandbox announced their plans to migrate to the Polygon blockchain. With the gas fees on Ethereum often becoming untenable for many users, it only made sense to search for a cheaper layer 2 solution. And so, Polygon was chosen. And in February of 2022, The Sandbox took a first step by moving their SAND staking program. Now, Sandbox is ready to migrate their entire ecosystem to Polygon — starting with land plots!
Polygon has slowly and steadily grown in stature, adding new apps and new games such as Sunflower Land and Riot Racers. But The Sandbox is likely the most high-profile client they have ever had. After migrating their SAND token and it’s associated staking program to Polygon earlier this year, The Sandbox is ready to move the foundations of their metaverse over as well. And by this, I mean Lands.
Sandbox Land Migration
The Sandbox opened a land bridge page this week and began encouraging landowners to make the switch. Migrating lands is a straightforward task. And the team has put together a nice looking webpage and user interface to make the transition easier. To help cover gas fees, The Sandbox is awarding every landowner who migrates with 10 mSAND tokens (about $10 USD) per land.
As an additional incentive, multiplers in the SAND staking program are now reactivated for landowners. Owning one or more land plots gives your staked SAND a bonus when calculating staking payouts. Also, if you ever plan on doing anything with your land in The Sandbox ecosystem, it will need to be on Polygon. Publishing experiences for players? That will be on Polygon. Creating and modifying Estates (ie, merging adjacent land plots)? Polygon. Land staking? Polygon. Future land sales? That’s right. They will be on Polygon. Basically, if you own land, move it to Polygon!
Transaction fees on Polygon are significantly cheaper than on Ethereum — often less than a penny! With these lowered fees, The Sandbox plans to make their future land sales a gas fee experience.
Migrating Sandbox assets, or NFTs, will happen at some point in the near future, I presume. The official announcement mentions “ASSET token” bridging in July, but I was unable to get details on what exactly they mean by “ASSET token”.
This is a huge move for The Sandbox and a big win for Polygon. I just hope that their network is ready to handle the chaos of a Sandbox land sale!
What is The Sandbox?
Built on the Ethereum blockchain and now migrating to Polygon for lower gas fees, The Sandbox is a collection of gaming and social experiences. The Sandbox consists of plots of varying sizes made of voxel-based blocks. Landowners build and customize their own experiences with block editing, hand-crafted assets, and a built-in scripting language. These virtual lands become adventures, virtual shops — whatever their owners imagine and build!
The Sandbox provides free tools for developers and content creators. Using VoxEdit, creators build voxel-based objects for use in-game. Additionally, with the Game Maker users can create all sorts of interactive experiences. The Sandbox continues to announce new partnerships on a regular basis and has already run two alpha tests with play to earn rewards! They are currently hosting a Pride event.
To learn more about The Sandbox, read our complete Sandbox Review and guide here.