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A Minecraft-style crypto school just launched in the metaverse — play, learn, and earn NFTs

School of Block
(Image credit: The SandBox)

As we reported in April, crypto hardware wallet leader Ledger teamed up with The Sandbox, a popular metaverse platform, to set up an education hub in the simulated social world.

At the time, it was just a concept. Now, it's a reality. With the help of metaverse agency and co-creator Swipe Back, Ledger set up shop in The Sandbox and launched a Minecraft-style school that gamifies cryptocurrency education. Players can learn about the blockchain, and its perils, while earning NFTs along the way — and they don't need a crypto wallet to get started!

Ledger's Minecraft-style 'School of Block'

The new education hub is called "School of Block," a nod to the blockchain, a technology that serves as the underlying engine behind many crypto assets, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and NFTs.

School of Block

School of Block (Image credit: Ledger/Swipe Back/The Sandbox)

According to a Swipe Back rep, School of Block throws gamers into fun challenges that teach them how to protect themselves from rising crypto scams. It's a gamified twist to education that teaches users how to be "metaverse ready." Although Web 3.0 is brimming with innovative protocols that could cause an explosive change in our society, the space is also crawling with cybercriminals who take advantage of ill-informed users. As such, with School of Block, Ledger discovered a fun, interactive way to teach the masses about the dangers of the crypto world.

On top of diving into challenges that heighten your crypto knowledge, you'll go on a series of adventures to earn exclusive NFTs. Sweet!

“Education today is outdated, boring, and overly complex. We are thrilled to bring truly Web3 educational tools to our Ledgerverse with game architects like Swipe Back and a truly immersive platform such as The Sandbox," said Mo El-Sayed, Head of Education and Community at Ledger.

School of Block

(Image credit: Ledger/Swipe Back/The Sandbox)

As mentioned, School of Block is launching in The Sandbox, a blockchain-based game fueled with a token called SAND. Users can get SAND from cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase (opens in new tab) — and use it to purchase NFTs, including real estate plots in the metaverse. Users can trade these simulated lands on OpenSea (an NFT marketplace).  

Ledger is no stranger to helping people stay secure in the crypto world. The company offers popular hardware wallets such as the Ledger Nano S Plus and the Ledger Nano X, which lets users fortify the proverbial security walls that surround their treasured digital assets.

Interested in playing School of Block? Click here.

Update September 11, 1:54 a.m. ET: This story was updated to reflect that this press release was disseminated by a PR rep for Swipe Back. Swipe Back is a metaverse creative agency who worked with Ledger to develop School of Block. Although SOB's aesthetic is similar to Minecraft, it wasn't inspired by it as initially reported.

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!