The largest community of Metaverse builders, SandStorm, has launched their self-service build offerings, making it easier for brands to hire builders on demand. SandStorm is a creator marketplace that currently spans 5 virtual worlds and eventually plans to expand to the entire metaverse.
Through direct partnerships with virtual worlds, they have enabled brands to post build proposals on the marketplace where thousands of verified builders can bid on the job. The launch of the self-service offerings positions SandStorm as a key pillar for legacy building and scaling alongside the overall Metaverse open marketplace. Lowering the barrier to entry for brands to hire creators is a critical step in driving more work into the Metaverse creator economy.
As SandStorm continues to establish the Metaverse hardware store with a community of over 500,000 builders and enthusiasts, this week SandStorm announced its fifth virtual world partnership with virtual trading metaverse SPACE.
Through these virtual world partnerships, brands will currently rent sirocco builders to launch experiences within the Sandbox, Decentraland, Immersed, TCG World, and SPACE. JP Morgan predicts that the metaverse will become a $1 trillion market opportunity in annual revenue for and virtual worlds will “infiltrate every sector in some way over the next few years.” SandStorm is positioned to be a key entry point for Web2 brands entering the virtual world of Web3 and to support the vast majority of real estate construction over the next 2 years. Providing individual builders and studios with a suite of tools to launch and scale their business on SandStorm is a Key ingredient to establish the market.
With 16 virtual worlds in the SandStorm queue and thousands of developer’s eager to bid on the builds released by the brands, the introduction of self-service functionality has been months in the works. There’s an untapped demand for smaller budgets to test the waters of the metaverse before diving into full experiences. Average build suggestions in SandStorm are $1,000 for avatars and wearables, going up to $50,000 for full Metaverse experience builds. Each submission receives 7-10 bids from award-winning studios and individual builders within days, similar to Upwork.
Once builders are vetted and selected by brands based on their profiles, teams of 1-10 builders are hired to bring the brand’s vision to the Metaverse.
Like Airbnb and Uber in 2008 and 2009 with the rise of the sharing economy markets, SandStorm is at the forefront of the metaverse’s maker economy. Each builder has a profile with ratings to showcase their completed builds, skill-based verified badges, 3D works embossed into the blockchain, and a social chart to increase followers. As a featured startup at this year’s Web Summit, SandStorm will publicly demonstrate its self-service building offerings to thousands of attendees and investors next week. This high-quality demo from allows thousands of Metaverse creators on SandStorm to showcase their work to big brands.