On 2rd January 2017 Tyche Shepherd posted up the first grid statistics update for 2017 via the SLUniverse Forums. I was hoping for something more positive this year to reflect on.
Tyche mentioned in the forum thread that 2016 saw a slow decline in private estate regions in Second Life with surprising small growth for Linden Owned regions (+109 regions). The total net loss for 2016 was much higher than 2015 was in terms of net losses.
So another year gone and another year of a slow decline in private estate regions – total net loss for 2016 was 992 (5.6% down on the beginning of the year) – higher than 2015’s net loss of 825 regions(4.4% down). Overall the whole grid was down by 884 regions, the drop in private estates mitigated by a smaller growth in Linden Owned regions (+109 regions)
As you can see from the graph above for 2016 almost every week there were region losses with only a handful of weeks where there was small positive net growth for private estates. To be honest it was a bad year for region losses during 2016 and I really hope 2017 will not end the same way.
2015 vs 2016 Total Net Loss Comparison
Total net loss for 2016
- 992 regions down
- 5.6% down since the beginning of 2016
Total net loss for 2015
- 825 regions down
- 4.4% down since the beginning of 2015
2016 Vs 2017 Main Grid Regions Comparison
On 3rd January 2016
- Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
- Private Estates: 17, 775
- Linden Owned: 7, 111
As of 1st January 2017
- Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
- Private Estates: 16, 783
- Linden Owned: 7, 219
Sansar 2017 Impact
As many know already Sansar will open to the public sometime during January 2017 and the big question is will Sansar have any impact of the Second Life grid region numbers during 2017? or will it continue to go steady this year ?.
The lab needs to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening because 2016 saw a huge loss in regions. For many land pricing is one of the top concerns residents have right now.
I would love to know what you think about this in the comments section below.
My next update on Second Life statistics will be published in March 2017 and I will be keeping a closer on Sansar to see how that impacts the numbers in the weeks/months ahead.
Hopefully there will be more region growth in Second Life during 2017 and it will be great to see more great improvements made to Second Life to make it even better.