The Sandbox’s significant partnerships with luxury brands and entertainment figures, as well as its focus on developing new experiences and events, helped it weather a prolonged cryptocurrency bear market.

Co-founder Sébastien Borget and CEO Arthur Madrid spoke exclusively at NFT Paris about renewed interest in the metaverse platform’s native token, new partnerships with Gucci and Lacoste, and the company’s long-term goals to remain the home of virtual experiences in the Web3 space.

“People like to say the metaverse is dead, but it isn’t for us. That is not true for Facebook. Epic’s Tim Sweeney is also very optimistic about the metaverse. “Having a metaverse with cryptocurrency, with NFTs [nonfungible tokens] and avatars, is still very meaningful,” explains Madrid.

Messari, a cryptocurrency market intelligence firm, recently published a report that highlights renewed interest in The Sandbox’s SAND$0.67 token and the platform itself. In the fourth quarter of 2023, SAND’s circulating market cap increased by 89% to $1.2 billion from $649 million, outperforming the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies in the same quarter.

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Interestingly, The Sandbox has reported strong growth in regions that are more receptive to the concept of Web3 and the metaverse. Countries like Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and India have seen significant user engagement, with land sales in these regions completely selling out. This indicates a continued interest in metaverse experiences, particularly among younger demographics.

The success of The Sandbox’s resurgence can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the involvement of major brands creates a sense of legitimacy and attracts a wider audience. Secondly, these virtual experiences offer unique entertainment and engagement opportunities, drawing users into the platform. Finally, The Sandbox’s focus on fostering a creator economy empowers users to build and monetize their own experiences within the metaverse.

However, it’s important to remember that The Sandbox is still under development. The long-term viability of the platform and the metaverse as a whole remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the recent surge in user activity and brand involvement suggests a promising future for The Sandbox and its potential to become a leading player in the metaverse landscape.