SEC vs Crypto: Sandbox COO Debates Token Regulation and Implications for the Industry

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Sabastien Borget, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Sandbox, recently addressed the growing concern over the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) increasing enforcement in the world of cryptocurrencies. This follows the SEC’s lawsuits targeting leading exchanges Binance and Coinbase, with multiple tokens, including SAND of The Sandbox, being identified as unregistered securities.

Borget expressed his disagreement with the SEC’s categorization of the coins, specifically SAND, as securities. He believes this doesn’t change or affect their business on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, the executive underlined that The Sandbox itself is not directly subject to litigation.

It’s worth noting that while both Binance and Coinbase have faced lawsuits by the SEC, the charges against them differ. Binance is accused of offering and selling unregistered securities, not restricting access to US-based users, and operating an unregistered exchange, broker, and clearing agency. On the other hand, Coinbase faces allegations of running an unregistered exchange, broker, and clearing agency as well as providing staking services that supply interest-like earnings for token holders.

These developments come amidst a widespread crackdown on the cryptocurrency market led by SEC Chair Gary Gensler, who recently announced that “we don’t need more digital currency.”

The Sandbox is an Ethereum-based metaverse game that allows players to own customizable land plots, avatars, and in-game content as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Users employ the SAND utility token for different features, such as voting in decentralized governance. The platform has formed remarkable partnerships with various celebrities and brands, including rapper Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, Tony Hawk, Adidas, and The Walking Dead.

Despite the regulatory challenges, Borget maintained that the US remains a vital market for The Sandbox, considering around one-third of its users hail from the country. He also emphasized the importance of a decentralized game world and the potential it holds for user ownership and content creation.

Source: Decrypt

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