A look back at the state of Second Life regions during 2015

With less than one week to go until the start of 2016, I think it’s a good time to look back at 2015 in terms of grid numbers and see what’s been happening. I have been keeping an eye on the trends and grid numbers during 2015.

For almost the whole year the numbers have been declining further into the red. The total amount of Main Grid regions and Private Estates have declined during 2015 which is not a surprise. Linden owned regions have increased this year.

2015 Comparison Grid Numbers

  • Back on 4th January 2015 the total amount of Main Grid regions was 25, 611 regions, with 18, 579 regions being private estates and 7, 032 regions being Linden owned.
  • As of 27th December 2015 the total amount of Main Grid regions now stands at 24, 892, with 17, 781 regions being private estates and 7, 111 being Linden owned.
  • Private Estates net losses for 2015 so far > 819 > (4.4% down over the year)

On 8th November 2015 Second Life regions dropped under the 25, 000 regions mark for the first time since June 2008. Most have been saying this year that region/tier costs have been still high for Private Estates and perhaps they are right saying that, lowering the tier cost may help and then regions will be on the increase again.

OpenSim new records set

Popularity has increased during 2015 for OpenSim with so many new records being set in terms of region counts and active users. Hypergrid interest has been increasing a lot during 2015 and popularity will increase next year for sure.

2016 the year ahead

2016 is going to be a challenging year for Second Life regions with the launch of Project Sansar in the first quarter of 2016. OpenSim regions have been on the increase throughout 2015 and it will be interesting to see if the interest trends will continue next year.

I do hope someday I can share some positive statistics for grid numbers for Second Life because that would be great news.

I’ll be keeping a closer eye on the grid numbers during 2016 to see what impact Project Sansar will have. I will be posting regular statistic blog posts during the course of 2016, stay tuned for that. 🙂