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Tony Hawk to Open Skate Park in the Metaverse


Tony Hawk announced last week via Twitter that he will be partnering with The Sandbox to open a skate park in the metaverse.

Tony Hawk is known for being one of the most popular skateboarders in the world and now he’s taking the plunge into the metaverse to help to build a digital skate park. The partnership includes The Sandbox as well as Autograph, which will create opportunities for users to interact in addition to getting involved in corresponding NFTs.

The skateboarder will also collaborate with Autograph, a high-profile NFT company co-founded by Tom Brady, to produce NFTs based on his most memorable moments and apparel, that fans will also be able to leverage in The Sandbox’s metaverse. This will not be the first foray of the artist into the NFT move, as he has released several NTF collections before, even accompanying some with physical skateboards.

About his next move, Hawk stated:

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.

The skateboarder is an early cryptocurrency supporter, having purchased bitcoin back in 2012 after hearing about it in the now defunct Silkroad marketplace.

A Metaverse Hub for Celebrities and Brands

The Sandbox, a metaverse platform that is based on the Ethereum blockchain, is becoming a hub for celebrities and brands to explore the metaverse by launching experiences and digital representations of their products. The game has scored partnerships with Snoop Dogg, Adidas, The Walking Dead, Jamiroquai, Playboy, and others. Companies like Ubisoft and Square Enix have released some of their IPs in The Sandbox’s metaverse, bringing the Rabbids and Dungeon Siege to this digital world.

The company was reported to be mulling a new funding round that would bring $400 million dollars at a $4 billion valuation, according to sources. However, this has not materialized since the reports. The last capital influx that The Sandbox received happened in November when the company raised $93 million in its series B funding round.

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