At this point, it is no secret that the metaverse is everywhere. The public is fascinated with it, companies are building more products and services specifically for the metaverse. As for metaverses, themselves, more and more of them are being developed but few are as popular or influential as Decentraland and the Sandbox, two of the top metaverses currently in existence.

Chances are if people are talking about metaverses, one of the two will probably be mentioned. But what is the difference between the two of them and is one better than the other?

Here, we breakdown the differences between Decentraland and the Sandbox.


Decentraland was founded in 2015 by two Argentinians, Ari Meilich and Esteban Ordano, and was formally launched in 2017. Initially starting with 2D grids, Decentraland is now a fully 3D virtual world and crossed the 500,000 monthly user mark in December 2021.

The Sandbox, on the other hand, was founded in 2011 by Pixowl and initially existed as a mobile and computer video game before being transformed into the metaverse that we know today. Arthur Madrid currently serves as the co-founder and CEO at Pixowl, while Sebastien Borget is also a co-founder and COO at Pixowl.


Decentraland currently runs on the Ethereum blockchain network which helps it record ownership and transactions that take place using its 3D virtual assets.

The Sandbox is also based on the Ethereum blockchain which records all the transactions that take place across it.


It is free to use Decentraland but some of its most important features like securing land will require you to pay using its native MANA token. As of March 6, 2022, MANA costs $2.54 per token and you will need to connect your wallet to your Decentraland to make payments.

Setting up an account and creating games within The Sandbox is free but publishing games will require you to buy LAND in the metaverse. Buying this LAND can be done using the platform’s native SAND token which, as of March 6, 2022, is $2.90 per token.


Decentraland allows users to create accounts with avatars for interacting in the virtual landscape. While in this landscape, users can participate in play-to-earn games, buy and sell virtual property and land, attend virtual events, and meet other people in the Decentraland universe.

In The Sandbox, users can also create profiles with avatars, trade assets, and meet new people. They can also create games that will be released to other users of The Sandbox, though this will require some investment on their part in the form of The Sandbox’s native SAND token. The play-to-earn model is one of The Sandbox’s biggest focuses and has made it a favorite of game lovers.

A Tale of Two Metaverses

When it comes to metaverses, few are as dominant on the scene as Decentraland and The Sandbox. While they often come up in similar conversations, both have their unique strengths and features that appeal to users.

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