The Sandbox expands to Germany with the acquisition of Sviper
Decentralized gaming world The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, has acquired German game development studio Sviper.
Founded in 2016, Sviper is known for its creative excellence working with major brand partners and its senior-level talent. Sviper adds development, engineering, and creative talent to The Sandbox’s global team and will empower the creator generation to build more engaging and fun forms of experiences focusing on social features, new multiplayer gameplay options, and new Game Maker possibilities for creators. Agnitio Capital acted as M&A adviser to Sviper in connection with the transaction.
Led by CEO Ole Schaper and CPO Mark Buchholz, the leadership team of Sviper has over 25 years of experience working with well known brands in 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. Sviper’s team currently has 40 members, based in the gaming tech hub in Hamburg, and it is now hiring for The Sandbox in Germany.
Sebastien Borget, COO and co-founder of The Sandbox, said: “The Sandbox’s German team is a creative powerhouse that is already advancing the gameplay possibilities available to our internal teams and The Sandbox creators at large. From adding social features to designing rules creators can use to prototype game logic to implementing powerful multiplayer features, our Hamburg team is supercharging the metaverse’s creative potential.”
Arthur Madrid, CEO and co-founder of The Sandbox, said, “We’ve built a high level of trust with The Sandbox Germany team as they’ve demonstrated tremendous innovation and quality by both working with major partners and ideating on new gameplay concepts.”
Ole Schaper, CEO and Co-Founder of Sviper, said, “We are thrilled to join The Sandbox and contribute to the creation of a cutting-edge virtual world that combines gaming, creativity, and community. We believe that The Sandbox has enormous potential and we look forward to working with the team to bring this vision to life.”
Mark Buchholz, CPO and co-founder of Sviper, said, “The Sandbox is a visionary enterprise with countless fascinating aspects beyond traditional game development. The ability to create innovative, 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 Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space where worlds and heroes collide to make magic. Over 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 both original and well-known characters and worlds.
February 14, 2023