The Fantasy Faire is still open in Second Life and will remain open until Sunday 30th April 2017. This year there are 15 incredible sims worth exploring each with a different theme to them all. I am really impressed by the high level of detail of the builds, landscapes and the region themes this year.
The largest fantasy-related event to take place in Second Life, Fantasy Faire brings together fantasy enthusiasts, creators, performers and designers for eleven days of commerce, special events, live music concerts with special emphasis on fund-raising for Relay for Life of Second Life.
For more information about the Fantasy Faire 2017 > see here
Applications for this year’s Second Life 14th birthday celebrations are now officially open and there are many open positions available for exhibitors, performers, volunteers, for the auditorium and for the press. Just a reminder applications will close around 8th May 2017 and exhibiting spaces at SL14B are FREE and will not add to your tier.
SL14B officially opens to the public on Sunday 18th June 2017 through until Sunday 25th June 2017. The SL14B theme is Carnivalesque for this year so it’s going to be amazing to be part of the huge carnival atmosphere.
SL14B Regions Progress Update
Building work started weeks ago on the SL14B regions and good progress is being made now in the south-east part of the map. More still needs to be done in the weeks ahead. There are now 63 days (2 months away) until the grand opening of SL14B.
The 8th annual Easter Town event in Second Life is open and it’s really worth visiting this year. There are many fun Easter activities to take part in this year and it’s a great opportunity to go Easter shopping around Easter Town.
There are ride egg boats, hunt for Easter eggs, hot air balloon tours, egg decorating contest where you could win L$7, 000 in prize money and there is so much more to enjoy.
The first quarter of 2017 is now over so now it’s time to look at the Second Life grid statistics for the first three months of this year. At the start of January 2017 I posted up the first stats update mentioning that 2016 saw a decline in regions almost every week.
There was small growth for private estates and Linden owned regions in various weeks. The growth is just not enough to catch up with the endless regions dropping off the grid on a weekly basis. It would be nice to see more region growth during the course of 2017 into 2018.
Update on land costs in Second Life
At VWBPE 2017 Ebbe Linden said that the lab have tried to do things to lower land prices in recent years and that land is too expensive in Second Life. Ebbe said that he would love for land costs to come down and for this to happen the lab would have to figure out a way to collect money from elsewhere.
I think anything to help lower land costs would be most welcome but it’s good to know the lab are working on possible solutions behind the scenes. It’s a balancing act but if done right could stop the decline in regions accelerating faster.
Q1 2017 Grid Size Stats
> 1st January 2017
Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
Private Estates: 16, 783
Linden Owned: 7, 219
> As of 2nd April 2017
Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 806
Private Estates: 16, 586
Linden Owned: 7, 220
Since the start of 2017 the total number of main grid regions have declined again and now it’s dropped under the 24, 000 regions mark for the first time. Private estates have dropped slightly along with Linden owned regions.
The daily concurrency in Second Life seems to be averaging between 53, 000 (at max) – 31, 000 (lowest) on a daily basis at the moment. The Median Daily Concurrency is now at 43, 000.
Second Life Signups 2017 Update
As of 2nd April 2017 there have been 47, 449, 070 signups for Second Life to date. On average there are now between 8, 000 to 10, 000 new signups every day for Second Life.
Sansar opening date TBC, land impact and creator beta invites
specific date is yet to be announced, but we’ll open beta this year
We are now in April 2017 and still Sansar has not officially launched to the public. On 31st March 2017 the Sansar Official Twitter page tweeted that the specific date is yet to be announced for Sansar. Sansar will open in beta this year.
When Sansar does finally open to the public my further grid statistics blog posts will include any noticeable changes in terms of regions and active users. The big question is will Sansar have a impact on Second Life or not ?
The lab are still inviting creators on a rolling basis into Sansar and more invites will be sent out soon. Good luck! 🙂
we’re inviting creators on a rolling basis, so yes more being sent out soon. Thx for applying & for your patience!
VWBPE 2017 ended on 1st April in Second Life and for anyone that missed any of the key speeches then here is another chance to watch them again. This year was a special because it was the tenth anniversary of the annual conference. Well done to all the organizers, speakers, volunteers, mentors, the technical team and everyone who made the conference work smoothly.
Ebbe Linden – Above the Book: A Conversation about Education and Second Life
Legacy Panel: A Look Back at the Inworld Conference
Draxtor Despres – Above the Book: Will VR Matter in Education ?