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Second Life statistics 2014 autumn update


This is the autumn 2014 Second Life statistics blog post looking back at the past 3 months to see what’s been happening in terms of grid numbers. My last statistics blog post was made on 2nd July 2014 for the summer update. These are the very latest statistics for Second Life that are available today. My next statistics blog post will be published in late December 2014 with highlights of the year and predictions for the year ahead for 2015.

Key:

  • Red = decline
  • Green = increase

Total Regions

  • The total number of Main Grid regions is now 25, 836  – (down from 26, 120)
  • The total number of Private Estates is now 18, 824 –  (down from 19, 080)
  • The total number of Linden Owned is now 7, 012  – (down from 7, 040)
  • Numbers correct as of 28th September 2014

On 1st October 2013

  • Total Main Grid regions: 26, 729
  • Total Private Estates: 19, 645
  • Total Linden owned: 7, 084

Since 2nd July 2014 the region count has been falling in all three key areas (Main Grid regions, Private Estates and Linden Owned regions). As of 21st September 2014 the year to date Private Estate losses are now 431 (2.2%). Back in July 2014 that number was 200 (1%). In April 2014 the decline rate was 0.5%. 

Private Estates Growth

Since 2nd July 2014 there have been a few peaks in private estates which is worth mentioning but it’s still not enough. There needs to be far more private estate growth in the coming months and something needs to be done to build up more interest in buying private estates in Second Life.

  • Net growth of 24 private estates – 24th August 2014
  • Net growth of 1 private estate – 21st September 2014

SL Daily Concurrency Levels

Since 2nd July 2014 the daily concurrency levels in Second Life have been reaching a maximum peak of 52, 000 (down from 56, 000) and a low peak of 28, 000 (down from 30, 000). Still the numbers are declining it seems and as many know the levels were much higher in previous years. I would imagine the concurrency levels will start to pick up again now we are heading into the winter months.

  • The median daily concurrency has dropped down to 41, 000 (down from 42, 000)
  • The mean daily concurrency is 40, 550

New Signups

The rate of daily signups has increased slightly during the past three months in general. Very soon Second Life will reach a new milestone of 40, 000, 000 registered accounts since the beginning of Second Life way back in 2002/2003.

  • Between 10, 000 – 13, 000 new accounts are being created every day for Second Life
  • In total so far there have been 39, 736, 544 registered signups for Second Life

Summary

In the past three months the grid has declined in grid size and the concurrency levels have dropped again. Private Estates saw some growth in the summer and the daily signup rate has started to pick up again. My predictions for the next three months is that there will be growth in the areas listed above and that Second Life will reach the 40 million mark for total registered accounts.

Useful Links For More SL Stats

Linden Lab: Skill Gaming Policy update


On Monday 29th September Linden Lab posted a new blog post on the Second Life official blog announcing that from Saturday 1st November 2014 the new enforcement of the updated Skill Gaming Policy will come into effect. This will affect all residents in Second Life including those that have pending applications waiting for approval from Linden Lab.

In recent months there has been strong interest to become approved skill gaming Creators and Operators so that’s good news. If you are interested then you can apply here.

The full blog post

On September 1, 2014, the updated Skill Gaming Policy for Second Life went into effect. As a reminder, this policy allows for skill gaming activity in Second Life, but establishes that only approved Creators may make skill games with L$ payouts, only approved Operators may run them, and they may only be run on designated Skill Gaming Regions, where access is restricted to those who meet certain qualifications.

As our FAQs explained, applicants to the program who submitted their applications prior to the September 1 deadline have been permitted to continue their skill gaming activity while their applications are reviewed.

Beginning November 1, 2014, the enforcement of our Policy will apply to all Residents, including those with pending Skill Gaming applications that await Linden Lab review and approval. As of that date, any objects or regions found in violation of our Policy will be taken down. We strongly encourage all applicants to submit any outstanding materials for our review as soon as possible so that their applications may be processed before the deadline.

From the start, we’ve seen strong interest from Residents seeking to become approved skill gaming Creators and Operators. You can find the current list of approved participants here, and we’ll continue to review applications as quickly as possible to expand that list. If you would like to apply to become an approved skill gaming Creator or Operator, you can do so here.

Good luck to all those applying to become approved skill gaming Creators and Operators. :)

RFL of InWorldz raises over one million izzies


RFL of InWorldz reached the one million izzies mark last week which is incredible news and this marks a big step forward in trying to find a cure for cancer. Well done to all those that donated izzies and helped out to reach one million izzies for InWorldz. Woooooooot!!!!!!

As many know already back in 2013 Relay For Life of Second Life reached the $2,000,000 milestone for the American Cancer Society. Every year a new record is being set with history being made in Second Life and InWorldz.

IW Team Totals so far

  • Team 1 General Account: Iz $359,677
  • Team 2 Fashion for Life: Iz $163,961
  • Team 3 Tiny Steps for a Cure: Iz $295,950
  • Team 4 Tri Group Team: Iz $30,711
  • Team 5 Roleplay for Life: Iz $179,693
  • Team 6 Tsuki Mura for Hope: Iz $75,139
  • Team 7 Dragons for Life: Iz $7,740
  • Total raised: Iz $1,112,871

More information can be found on the RFL of IW website.

5th OpenSim Grid Survey: cast your votes now!


The fifth annual OpenSim grid survey launched on Saturday 27th September 2014 via Hypergrid Business. The aim is for the OpenSim community to rank their grids and to see how they compare to other OpenSim grids. The results in previous years have been most interesting and fascinating indeed. This is a great time to find out about new grids on OpenSim and to find out which grids are doing really well in terms of popularity.

  • Voting closes on Thursday 2nd October 2014
  • Please take this survey once
  • Survey Link

Questions in the survey to fill out

  • What OpenSim grid have you spent the most time on?
  • How do you rate this grid’s content?
  • How do you rate this grid’s community?
  • How do you rate this grid’s support?
  • How do you rate this grid’s technology?
  • How do you rate this grid overall?
  • Would you recommend this grid to others?

Previous OpenSim Grid Survey Results

 

Ebbe Altberg joins the list of speakers for Expand NY 2014


Ebbe Altberg 

On Friday 7th to Saturday 8th November 2014 Engadget Expand NY 2014 will be taking place and Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab will be speaking at the event. I would imagine we will hear more about the next generation platform (SL2,0) that Linden Lab are working on and the latest updates on Second Life. Hopefully there will be a live stream to watch Ebbe speaking at Expand NY 2014 which would be most interesting.

Experience the Future of Technology

Engadget Expand is designed from the ground up for technology fans. The consumer event gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite technology and science luminaries on stage, talk directly with Engadget editors, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices at the show floor exhibition. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.

I hope to post more about this event during November 2014. Stay tuned for updates. :)

Home and Garden Expo 2014 Maps


Check out maps of the Home and Garden Expo 2014 happening now in Second Life. Enjoy!

Home and Garden Expo 2014 Master Map

H&E 2014

Regions now OPEN!

7th Annual Home & Garden Expo starts today


The 7th annual Home & Garden Expo starts today and runs through to the 28th September 2014. There are nine sims to explore featuring over 85 designers, design products and creator tools. This year’s Home & Garden Expo is supported by nine Platinum Sponsors and eight Gold Sponsors. During the 2014 RFL of SL season, $415,000.00 USD was raised. Incredible!

The grand display of Second Life’s Home & Garden creators benefiting Relay For Life!

Home Expo regions 2014

Home & Garden Expo regions 2014

About Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL). Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

 

 

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