Japanese IT school Digital Hollywood teams up with The Sandbox to nurture creators

Digital Hollywood, a Japanese school that trains IT and digital content talents, is partnering with the popular play-to-earn virtual world platform The Sandbox to hold a series of seminars for voxel artists and game creators.

The first seminar “The Sandbox’s First Steps in the Creator Economy” will take place on July 9 in Japan and will be hosted by Sandbox chief operating officer Sebastian Borget. The session will cover revenue, collaborative production and the prospects for the Japanese community. 

In September, a new course will be held to train game makers and voxel artists to create content on The Sandbox. Towards its end, students will take part in a competition. Winners will be able to join the The Sandbox Creator Fund.

The collaboration aim is to boost the development of Japan’s creator economy.

In addition to Borget, the seminar will include Ven Mashu, who leads The Sandbox’s Japanese creative team; Tom Glasses, a toy designer and voxel artist; Tomosan, a voxel artist at The Sandbox; and six active creators who make a living by earning SAND, the crypto asset in The Sandbox, through content creation.

On the collaboration, Borget said:  “The Sandbox is a platform expressly designed to unlock the potential of creators. We strongly welcome our collaboration with Digital Hollywood to help talented Japanese creators get started building content for our open metaverse. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on how creativity can lead to a career in the emerging new digital economy during our seminar.” 

Tomoyuki Sugiyama, president of Digital Hollywood, said creators who earn money from digital content while moving back and forth between reality and the metaverse would emerge as an important part of a new digital society.

The school has been teaching creative skills and many of its graduates are leading lives that are uniquely their own. Such skills are important as the metaverse requires people to have more skills to work than anywhere else in the world, Sugiyama said.