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Dubai’s foray into Sandbox and sale of $1.47 million LAND reveals…

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Even though The Sandbox might not be the biggest metaverse by market capitalization, it might just be the most popular and preferred metaverse given the entry of a government regulatory body.

Dubai jumps in The Sandbox

Following the trend as most of the other altcoins did, The Sandbox fell to its six-month low of $1.96 three days ago but has since recovered slightly, fueled by the ecosystem development and the Metaverse’s expansion.

In the last 24 hours of 3 May, the metaverse token shot up by a solid 9.41% on the back of the announcement of Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) entering the metaverse to establish its metaverse HQ, making it the first regulatory authority in the world to do so.

As per the press release, VARA seeks to ensure that the regulator is accessible to its industry in their environment and facilitates collaborative engagement between global Virtual Asset Service Providers.

This announcement came only a few days after The Sandbox sold its biggest plot of LAND for 626,666 SAND which translates to about $1.47 million.

But since then, at the time of writing, the altcoin fell down by 4.8% to trade at $2.09, raising the question, is SAND setting itself up for recovery with the help of these developments?

The Sandbox price action | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

Not really

Even though these are huge developments, they still do not contribute much to the diminishing value of the metaverse. Month on month, LAND sales have been declining, and LAND’s value has also plummeted significantly.

Throughout April, The Sandbox only sold 2,243 plots of LAND, with the average value of these plots standing at $3,365. Back in January, both these figures were at 16,511 and $10,851, respectively.

The Sandbox LAND sales | Source: Dune – AMBCrypto

Furthermore, the number of unique owners in the metaverse, which peaked at 18,924 back in January, has since diminished by a ton, and currently, The Sandbox has less than about 14,700 unique owners.

The Sandbox unique owners | Source: Dune – AMBCrypto

And, their absence actually makes sense- since September 2021, investors have only been conducting transactions in losses, and not once have they achieved a transaction in profit.

The Sandbox transaction in losses | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

Furthermore, as SAND continues to fall on the charts, the investors will continue to exit the market, and even significant ecosystem developments won’t be able to undo that.


Aaryamann is a freelance crypto journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is currently investing his time in the crypto-space. He has a keen interest in DeFi, the ever-expanding possibilities of blockchain technology, as well as the political impact they would have.
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