The Sandbox (TSB), a mobile creation game on Ethereum, announced on April 1 that its third presale of virtual land had garnered 3,400 Ether ($450,000) in sales.
The March 31 presale sold 12,384 pieces of LAND. LAND is the virtual space in the game, and all of that was sold in about five hours. Hence, it equates to almost 10% of the total 166,464 pieces in the game, with a majority of it snapped up in the first 30 minutes.
TSB has rapidly become one of the most coveted blockchain games on the market, achieving at least 40 million downloads. The first presale for this game happened in December 2019, with over 3000 pieces of LAND sold in just four hours.
The second presale took place on February 16, where 6,192 pieces were sold. A fourth and final LAND presale might happen sometime later this year. This third presale included LAND in an Atari-themed neighborhood. In this place, the players can enjoy old-school game experiences with a 3D voxel look, which includes Centipede and Asteroids.
Blockchain Gaming Surges Amid Pandemic
The fact that many people are restricted from moving around in the real world currently may help in explaining why gamers are scooping up LAND like hotcakes. Every piece measures 96 x 96 meters, far more space than the 1.5 meters that are currently recommended for social distancing. The co-founder of TSB Gaming, Sebastien Borget, said:
“With this horrible pandemic situation, we feel the need for people to use digital spaces to express and share together.”
Could blockchain help salvage the dwindling global economy? Time will tell.