This is a special tribute blog post to the amazing SL Go service that’s closing on 30th April 2015. Over the past year the SL Go team have put into hard work into the service to ensure that the experience worked. I would like to say personally to the SL Go team thanks so much for the service during the past year. Good luck for the future! :)
A brief history of SL Go from March 2014 to April 2015
The launch of SL Go mobile app – 5th March 2014
Pre-March 2014 Linden Lab selected SL residents to help test and review the SL Go app. The exciting news came when Linden Lab announced SL Go open beta on 5th March 2014. The main issue was pricing and that it wasn’t available on IOS devices.
Special podcast on the Drax Files Radio Hour – 7th March 2014
The 9th episode of The Drax Files Radio Hour podcast was aired featuring interviews with OnLive’s Nate Barsetti and Dennis Harper who talked about the public beta of SL Go.
SL Go on month later – 5th April 2014
There was mixed feedback and surveys to fill out a month after the launch. SL Go was available on Android, PCs and Macs. It was not ready for iOS and IPads. On 3rd April 2014 OnLive announced new updates on pricing and more support for more countries around the world. The pricing model changed and the price dropped a little.
7 days free trail period on SL Go – 3rd June 2014
OnLive offered new SL Go users a 7-Day Free Trial with sign up for an unlimited access’ subscription package.
SL Go: SL11B promotion – 22nd June 2014
During SL11B new users joining SL Go were offered 75% off the first month of an unlimited access subscription package.
Draxtor adventures with SL Go in real life – 11th November 2014
Draxtor Despres created a new advert using SL Go on the road in real life featuring Torley Linden voice. “lets SL go places”
SL Go “Refer A Friend” program – 14th November 2014
During early November 2014 OnLive announced a new SL Go “Refer A Friend” program. Anyone can earn $10 for every referral who converts to a paid SL Go subscriber. This was a limited time only offer.
SL Go teleporting issue email – 30th January 2015
In late January 2015 the SL Go team sent out an email to all SL Go users informing them of an issue with the SL Go SL viewer that prevents teleporting. The SL Go team gave all SL Go subscribers a free month to make up for time lost.
SL Go – New users can now pay with L$ – 9th March 2015
In early March 2015 OnLive announced that new users joining can buy weekly subscriptions inworld using Linden Dollars (L$) for a limited time. Existing users with monthly subscriptions were told that this feature would be rolled out in near future.
Firestorm Mobile is now live on SL Go – 23rd March 2015
OnLive announced that the Firestorm Viewer was available for mobile devices including Android and iOS thanks to overwhelming demand from the SL Go community. This was really exciting news for all Firestorm users and SL Go users to hear about.
SL Go service closing down on 30th April 2015 – 3rd April 2015
In early April 2015 OnLive was acquired by Sony and SL Go is set to close down on 30th April 2015. Apparently all SL Go services will continue to operate until 30th April and all services will be free for SL Go users or anyone that creates a new account. The SL Go Island will continue to be online for a while but the Pay with L$ feature has been removed.
After 30th April 2015 the SL Go/OnLive data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will then be closed down and all credit card data will be deleted. Apparently no refunds will be available for any subscriptions.
SL Go online petition update 2 – 7th April 2015
If you want to try to save SL Go then please sign the online petition here. 225 supporters have signed already. Spread the word and lets try to save it.
The Future – 2015-2020+
It’s a real shame that the SL Go project is ending after a year in service and I hope in the near future that something like SL Go can happen again. We will have to wait and see what happens in the years to come.
So lets log into SL Go and make the most of it before 30th April 2015. It’s free for all SL Go users and for new account signups.