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June 25, 2022

Decentraland Competitors - Decentraland Alternatives in the Metaverse World

Crypto and NFTs are one thing, but the metaverse space (virtual worlds), has made vast improvements in the past years. Decentraland is a digital world built on the Ethereum blockchain. If you know Ethereum or Decentraland, you’ll know that the gas and NFT prices are staggering. Are Decentraland competitors more affordable and how do they fare in comparison?

1. Genesis Worlds

Genesis Worlds

We start off with Genesis Worlds, a digital metaverse created to last for a century. The concept of Genesis Worlds is simple – create a community dedicated to building a sustainable world. The platform fosters a great sense of community since the community body governs and controls it. The aim is an entirely decentralized world.

GENESIS is the world’s main token and the metaverse is made up of various subworlds that are created with members of the community who share a common interest. 

2. Sandbox


When talking about Decentraland competitors, you will most likely see the Sandbox name pop up as it is arguably their number 1 competition. Sandbox is supported by the likes of Softbank Snoop Dogg and is also a virtual world game created on Ethereum blockchain technology. The reason why it doesn’t take the number one spot is because it is also a pretty expensive platform to use.

The native token to use in Sandbox is SAND, which you can use to buy and sell NFT tokens in the game to earn rewards.

3. Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity

This is hands down one of the cutest Decentraland alternatives. Axie Infinity is also on the Ethereum blockchain with a native token called AXS. The adorable characters are used to battle in the game’s play-to-earn model where rewards can be exchanged.

Don’t let the cute exterior fool you, Axie Infinity has a lot of supporters, seeing around 1 million players active on the platform on a daily basis.

4. Enjin


Another metaverse platform on the Ethereum blockchain is Enjin, a digital world where users can interact easily via chats. It’s also an avenue where players can create collectibles. In terms of market cap value, Enjin’s ENJ token sits third, following after Decentraland’s MANA and Axie Infinity’s AXS.

Not only can users create, but they can also trade and earn the items they unlock within the game. 

5. Metahero


Be your own hero with Metahero. The avatars are an ultra-realistic depiction of real people created via 3D scanning technology. This is the same technology that can be used on other assets such as artwork to create 3D digital NFTs.

Metahero is the first competitor of Decentraland based on a different blockchain – BSC. The native token on Metahero is very aptly named HERO, and it really is the hero and one of the pioneers of more affordable metaverses.

6. Star Atlas

Star Atlas

Star Atlas is out of this world and built on the Solana blockchain. As a proof of stake blockchain, Solana also sees cheaper fees compared to Ethereum. You can do much of what you can within other metaverses in Star Atlas, with the difference being it all fits into a space exploration theme.

You can buy the game’s NFTs, which include land, ships, crew members, and more. You can also check the latest information of upcoming NFTs on sites like NFT Drops.

7. Nakamoto


We round out our list with Nakamoto, or Nakaverse. Nakamoto offers users the ability to do what Decentraland provides, which is acquire land and build on it. What really makes Nakaverse special is the introduction of a real in-game economy, since it is one of the first metaverses to do so.

The NAKA token is what players will need to use to transact within this virtual world.

Frequently Asked Questions

• What is similar to Decentraland?

Sandbox, Enjin, and Nakamoto are all similar to Decentraland in some way. These metaverses are all virtual worlds that allow players to interact, build, buy, sell, and sometimes even earn and create. The price and other more advanced features are where they differ. 

• Is Sandbox better than Decentraland?

Yes, Sandbox is better than Decentraland in terms of price, accessibility, and the roadmap. The overall design and feel of the platform also give Decentraland a good run for its money. Yes, the NFTs n Decentraland may be worth more now, but the SAND tokens are showing real potential.


Decentraland’s cheapest plot of land is currently around $7000 or around 4000 MANA. It’s a high point of entry for many, which is why NFT supporters often look for alternatives and top competitors. The ones we have included are cheaper, even if they are on the same blockchain ecosystem, but we have also included options built on other blockchain tech. 

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