Virtual reality and the metaverse is the next big thing. There’s already a Gold-Rush mentality. Both individuals and businesses are looking for ways to get involved. There’s a feeling that right now VR and the metaverse is what it was like with the first iterations of smartphones and the internet.
In an effort to get more women to participate in this blazingly fast-growing sector, The Sandbox, a leading decentralized gaming virtual world and subsidiary of Animoca Brands, announced Tuesday that it partnered with World of Women (WoW)— a first-of-its-kind, culture-shaping NFT community celebrating representation, inclusivity and equal opportunities for all—to launch the WoW Foundation, to bring more women and diversity of thought into the NFT and metaverse space.
The Sandbox is sort of like Roblox and Minecraft, but it’s the next iteration, built on secure blockchain technology and offers non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Gamers and players can become creators.
The Sandbox successfully enticed top brand names, such as the Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg and Atari, to purchase virtual land in its decentralized world. Sebastien Borget, cofounder and COO of The Sandbox, said that he is making the metaverse all-inclusive fun, avatar-centric, story-driven activities supporting women, diversity, art, fashion and lifestyle, a place to socialize, game and get involved with commerce. The company is creating exciting, new content to support about two million users.
The Sandbox is a combination of virtual real estate, amusement park and gaming. It’s a shared digital space that offers brands to set up shop. This includes names, such as Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, Gucci Vault, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, Zepeto, CryptoKitties and others.
The Foundation is providing a $25 million grant from The Sandbox, with a mission to amplify the representation of women in decentralized virtual reality. The World of Women and The Sandbox collaboration is intended to encourage more female participation in this new and emerging Web3 environment.
The two entities are creating a series of interactive experiences, including uplifting the ecosystem by supporting artists and funding projects, educating newcomers, communicating to give more visibility to women-centric causes, inspiring others and giving back to charities. The Sandbox will support creators and guide them through success. This includes mentoring, funding their first NFT mint to exhibitions in the metaverse and their first sale.
Yam Karkai, cofounder and artist of World of Women, said about the partnership, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with The Sandbox. With this grant, we are going to establish our mission in the metaverse, by leading and supporting women in this new space.” Karkai added, “We will start by voxelizing all 10,000 WoW, so that our entire community can join us there. Then, we’ll achieve our mission through numerous actions, such as the opening of the WoW Museum, which will be a symbol of representation and diversity in the metaverse. We have great projects ahead, and are looking forward to achieving them with our community in The Sandbox.”
They are planning the following projects
World of Women 3D interoperable Avatars
There will be a release of 10,000 3D avatars during the Alpha 2 launch. The Sandbox acquired the most expensive WoW NFT at the time of purchase, named Aurora by the WoW community, and made her the new “goddess” of the metaverse
The WoW Museum
This will be a stunning building on a 2×2 Sandbox land, which will serve as a showcase for the WoW Foundation and support its actions.
The WoW University
The university will provide free online lessons on how to get started with Web3 and become proficient. The lessons throughout the course will run through immersive experiences in The Sandbox. Upon completion, “students” will get certified and receive an NFT diploma.
The WoW Academy
It’s designed for projects and artists to act as an incubator and provide advice, funding, mentoring and access to The Sandbox’s and World of Women’s network. The academy season will conclude in an NFT showcase to reveal the results achieved
Sebastien Borget, cofounder and COO of The Sandbox, said, “This partnership signals our intent to invest long term in shaping a diverse and inclusive space for women to thrive in Web3 within our metaverse. Through facilitating the education and funding of women’s projects we hope these programs help establish a generation of influential women builders in the space.” Borget continued, “While the WoW Foundation focuses on different sub-sectors within the blockchain world, the funds initiative all carry the same objective to further invest in the women in the space, building long-term and equitable growth and opportunities in the industry.”