$SAND: The Sandbox Partners With Tony Hawk To Build Largest Virtual Skatepark

The Ethereum-Powered Metaverse project “The Sandbox” ($SAND) has announced that it is “partnering with Tony Hawk Inc. and Autograph to create a Tony Hawk LAND in The Sandbox, marking the first entry of Tony Hawk into the metaverse.”

Here is how Binance Research described The Sandbox back in August 2020:

The Sandbox is a virtual world built on the Ethereum blockchain, where players can build, own, and monetize their gaming experiences… The SAND token is an ERC-20 utility token that is used for value transfers as well as staking and governance… Players can create digital assets in the form of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), upload them to the marketplace, and integrate into games with Game Maker.

According to the The Sandbox team’s blog post, this collaboration between Tony Hawk Inc. and The Sandbox is building “the largest virtual skatepark ever made” on Tony Hawk’s 6×6 LAND. As for Autograph, which was co-founded by NFL legend Tom Brady, this is “an NFT platform that brings together the most iconic brands and legendary names in sports, entertainment and culture to create unique digital collections and experiences.”

Autograph will “create Tony Hawk avatar NFTs based on Tony Hawk and his most iconic skateboards, equipment, and apparel including the legendary skateboard Tony Hawk used to land the 900 at the X Games in 1999.”

The blog post also mentioned that The Sandbox will “make these NFTs interoperable in its open metaverse, turning Autograph’s high-fidelity avatars into 3D voxel versions that have in-game functionality for experiences, adding utility and value for their owners.”

Legendary American professional skateboarder Tony Hawk had this to say:

I have been a fan of new technology all of my life — from the first videogames and home computers with CGI capabilities — so I am fascinated by the metaverse, and excited to bring our culture into the virtual landscape of The Sandbox.”

And Sebastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox, stated:

Tony Hawk embodies the perseverance of constantly striving for improvement while never giving up, and it forged him into a skateboarding legend and successful entrepreneur. We share his passion for innovation, creativity, and the drive to constantly create something: this is the energy that powers our entertainment metaverse. There’s no better way to bring skateboarding culture to The Sandbox than by following the example of the greatest skateboarder of all time, whose legacy stretches from the sport and lifestyle’s early days to the present and beyond.

Dillon Rosenblatt, co-founder and CEO at Autograph, added:

At Autograph, we strive to build otherwise impossible experiences for communities of fans and this is a step towards our goal of connecting them uniquely and at scale to Tony Hawk and each other. We are thrilled to be working with The Sandbox and Tony Hawk on this activation and many others.

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