Sandbox Whale Moves $250M of SAND to New Address

The second largest SAND holder moved 409M SAND tokens, worth over $250M to a new address.

A Whale moving from The Sandbox.
  • A crypto whale moved $250 million worth of SAND tokens to a new address. 
  • Users feared the whale could be preparing for a sell-off.

The Sandbox is one of the top metaverse platforms this year. However, despite its price performance and high-profile partnership announcements, investor sentiments are turning sour for the virtual playground as whales prepare for a swim. 

One whale, in particular, could be looking to make a splash after emptying its entire SAND wallet, valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, to a new address. 

Orca-strating Something? 

On Wednesday, 29th March, a well-known Sandbox whale moved 409 million SAND tokens, worth almost $260 million, to a new address. As per Santiment, these were the most tokens moved since August 13th, 2022, representing 13.7% of the total token supply. 

According to Etherscan, the wallet holder ranks second after The Sandbox Genesis wallet in tokens held. Users fear the whale could be preparing for a major sell-off, given the decrease of big players since the start of the year. 

Chart of total Amount of Holders against the total percentage of supply held by Whales.

Total Amount of Holders against the total percentage of supply held by Whales. Source: Santiment

On January 1st, top addresses held 77% of the total SAND supply. However, at press time, the number has dropped to 74%, the lowest since the project’s inception in 2021.

What Happens if the Whales Sold?

If whales decided to sell off their tokens, SAND’s price could incur severe negative impacts, adding to the underperformance of the network last month. 

Retail investors’ interest in SAND has dwindled despite the discounted rates. Network activity has slowed, and new addresses holding the token have decreased in the last few weeks. 

DappRadar’s data indicated a 9.55% decrease in Unique Active Wallets (UAW) on The Sandbox. With whales making an exit, it won’t be long until others follow. 

DappRadar The Sandbox Q1 data.

The Sandbox performance in Q1 2023. Source: DappRadar

However, it’s improbable the big players are looking to shift hands because such large amounts are often connected to maintenance procedures. The $260 million wallet move could be part of the recent partnership between The Sandbox and Ledger

The collaboration required the metaverse company to recommend Ledger’s security solutions to its partners. It’s likely the whale is upgrading their wallet’s security. 

On the Flipside

  • According to DappRadar, The Sandbox’s quarterly trading volume decreased by 36% to $3.5 million since Q4 2022. 
  • SAND has surged 70% this year to $0.635 apiece at press time. 

Why You Should Care

The Sandbox is actively working on building new partnerships and rekindling interest with exciting events. With many considering 2023 as the breakthrough year for the metaverse and Web3 gaming projects, the next few months could be crucial for the virtual playground to establish itself. 

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Insha Zia

Insha Zia is a senior journalist at DailyCoin covering crypto developments, especially in the Cardano ecosystem. With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering, he delivers high-quality articles with his technical background and expertise in data analysis and programming languages, aiming to educate and inform readers accurately, transparently, and engagingly. Insha believes education can drive mass adoption of the crypto space, and he is committed to giving DailyCoin readers a better understanding of the technology.