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Sandbox expanded into Germany with the acquisition of game development studio Sviper.
Sviper will add senior-level development, engineering and creative talent based in Hamburg, Germany to The Sandbox, a blockchain gaming company owned by Animoca Brands.
The idea is to expand the social and gameplay features of the metaverse to the Sandbox metaverse platform.
“The German Sandbox team is a creative powerhouse that is already advancing the gameplay possibilities available to our internal teams and Sandbox creators in general,” said Sebastien Borget, COO of The Sandbox, in a statement. “From adding social features to rules design that creators can use to prototype game logic to implementing powerful multiplayer features, our Hamburg team is leveraging the creative potential of the metaverse.”
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Sviper was founded in 2016 and is known for its creative work with major brand partners and its senior-level talent. Sviper will work to add new social features, new multiplayer gameplay options, and new Game Maker possibilities for creators in The Sandbox. Agnitio Capital acted as M&A advisor to Sviper in connection with the transaction.
“We have built a high level of trust with the team at The Sandbox Germany, as they have demonstrated tremendous innovation and quality, working with great partners and creating new gameplay concepts,” Arthur Madrid, CEO of The Sandbox, said in a statement. .
Led by CEO Ole Schaper and Chief Product Officer Mark Buchholz, Sviper’s leadership team has over 25 years of experience working with well-known brands across mobile, PC and multiplayer gaming. Sviper has been collaborating with The Sandbox for over a year and is fully integrated into the platform’s ecosystem.
“We are excited to join The Sandbox and contribute to the creation of a cutting-edge virtual world that combines gaming, creativity and community,” Schaper, CEO of Sviper, said in a statement. “We believe The Sandbox has enormous potential and we look forward to working with the team to bring this vision to life.”
Sviper’s team currently has 40 members, based in the game tech hub in Hamburg, and is now hiring for The Sandbox in Germany. Interested talents can apply here.
“Sandbox is a visionary company with many exciting aspects beyond traditional game development,” Bucholz said in a statement. “The ability to create innovative and social user-generated gaming experiences, the growing social platform and the revolutionary aspects of Web3 are just some of the key features.”
Part virtual real estate, part amusement park, the blockchain-based world of The Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space.
More than 400 partners have joined The Sandbox, including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft’s Rabbids, Cut The Rope, Tony Hawk, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, SM Entertainment, The Smurfs, Care Bears and Atari, all following the Sandbox team’s vision of empowering players to create their own experiences using original and familiar characters and worlds.
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