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Why Second Life Didn’t Work Out On Steam


Back in September 2013 Peter Gray told Hamlet Au (New World Notes) that Second Life hit some complications and so it was put on hold. Apparently since then Linden Lab have learned and done more research among talking to companies about this.

From September 2013…

Without going into details,” he e-mails, “our plans to make Second Life available on Steam hit some complications and so were put on hold. Since acquiring Desura, we now have our own distribution platform, and we recently made Second Life available there (blog post about that here), as well as on Amazon (in the US, UK, and Germany).

Second Life future on Steam unlikely

The idea might not be completely out of the window because the Second Life steam app info was updated 3 months ago at 02:29:07 UTC on 20th September 2018. See the history page.

It looks like the lab have removed some store tags 3 months ago (shown in red). They added these store tags back in mid June 2017 (shown in green).

This update could mean nothing at all or it could mean the lab are thinking about it again in the near future. I think it’s unlikely that Second Life will be added on Steam anytime soon.

Poll: Should Second Life launch on Steam in the future ? 

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Statistics On Sansar Launch On Steam


Steam statistics on Sansar

Steam Charts Statistics

Sansar officially launched on Steam on 5th December 2018 and here are the statistics which Steam collects on Sansar. Sansar Charts calls it “An ongoing analysis of Steam’s concurrent players”. It looks like the launch of Sansar according to Steam’s statistics managed an all time peak of 72 players on 6th December 2018.

  • Times on the graphs are UK time for reference
  • Linden Lab don’t publish official statistics on Sansar but they do count them all

On 6th December CEO Ebbe Altberg said this in the official Sansar Discord channel:

Steam tracks [people] logged in via Steam. Gindipple]/Galen log people in [Sansar] experiences that are public. We [Linden Lab] count them all – regardless how they logged in, where they are or what they do. 3 different numbers where ours will always be the bigger, sum of all, number.

AppID Statistics

Now let’s look at Sansar on the AppID page showing some interesting statistics including current players, the 24 hour peak and the all time peak. You can view it by day or week.

  • 76 players is the all time peak so far as of 19 hours ago since the Sansar launch on Steam

Sansar AppID Statistics

This graph below shows Sansar players on Steam today showing the past 24 hours. Times are UK time.

Metaverse Machines Statistics

There has definitely been more interest during the past month with a few rather high peaks. Will these numbers grow into the hundreds during 2019 ?

My Thoughts 

Since the launch of Sansar on Steam there have been 37 reviews which has been mainly positive. 30 positive and 7 negative to sum up. It’s been interesting reading them all and hearing what it’s actually like using Sansar.

These are still early days for Sansar on Steam I know and the big question everyone is asking is will Sansar bring in a large number of users in the months ahead ?. Yes I think it will. Probably more users during 2019 & 2020.

The numbers I’ve seen so far are pretty low from the graphs shown above but I say give Sansar more time on Steam and the numbers may get much higher. Seeing these statistics are pretty important I think and hopefully the lab will release theirs in some way during 2019.

If the numbers don’t get higher like into the hundreds or thousands of users or interest remains flat in the next few years the lab could be in trouble. I think Sansar still has big potential.

Linden Lab wants to see the Sansar community grow significantly from now on. The Sansar team will continue to push out new release updates regularly during 2019. It’s important to mention that Sansar is the Early Access phrase at the moment so visibility on Steam is reduced.

Bay City Tree Lighting 2018


Bay City in Second Life will be hosting its 2018 annual tree lighting event between 1- 4pm SLT on Sunday 9th December 2018.

The event will be taking place over at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region where there will be live music, ice skating, refreshments and much more. 

I’ve attended this event in previous years and I have to say it’s great fun generally during the Christmas festive season. 

Here is the full press release…

Bay City — Annual Tree Lighting 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

1-4 pm SLT

It’s that most wonderful time of the year!

Once again, the Bay City Alliance will host its annual Tree Lighting event, now in its eighth outing, on Sunday, 9th December 2018 from 1-4 pm SLT.

The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel (SLurl) and will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer as well as live performances by Melinda M. Baptiste and Erika Ordinary. 

There will be ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and a great deal of fun to be had!

We will once again be supporting Child’s Play , a charity that helps kids still be kids when they are in hospital, with donation kiosks around the venue.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

Please spread the word about this year’s Bay City annual tree lighting event in Second Life.

Sansar Goes Live On Steam


Breaking News

Today Linden Lab have officially launched Sansar on Steam. The long wait is finally over.

Sansar is free to play on Steam and will be staying in the early access phrase for some time. You can now expect Linden Lab to listen to the feedback from the community and then roll out new features in the months ahead.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Sansar can now reach a much bigger audience with it now being on the Steam platform. We will have to wait and see. Sansar now has greater potential to reach millions of users in the weeks ahead.

Details about the Early Access…

Sansar is a place where you can hang out with friends, play games, explore new worlds, and share incredible creations, but we can’t do that without you! Being in Early Access is important to us to make sure we’re hearing directly from the community on what you’d like to see and do in Sansar. Come join us!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan on staying in Early Access until Sansar is the very best it can be. We’re constantly making improvements, and we’re eager for your feedback.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We want Sansar to be the place where people can connect with communities and celebrate what they love through immersive virtual experiences, interactive events, customizable avatars, and easy creation. That’s why we plan to develop even more features around socialization, interactivity, personalization, and creation – elements that enrich the social experiences our platform enables. Plans will change based on your feedback, and we’re always listening and learning.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Right now, Sansar lets you host and attend virtual events, play games, explore user-created experiences, and buy and sell merchandise in the Sansar Store. Meet friends for a watch party and tailgate. Buy clothing and accessories for your avatars, or objects for the virtual experiences you build.

Here are the system requirements for running Sansar in Steam...

First view of Sansar on the Steam website…

Here is the blog announcement made on the Sansar blog earlier today…

SANSAR HAS LAUNCHED ON STEAM!

As of today, December 5th, we are officially live on Steam!

We wanted to give a huge thank you to our current community who have been so supportive, and to extend a warm “Welcome” to all our new community members joining us from Steam!

You can find us on Steam as an Early Access Game, where we’re free to download. Even better, you’ll get to enjoy all the benefits of Steam as a social platform for gamers including full access to our Steam Community Hub!

As reminder, as part of our effort to get onto Steam we have had to make alterations to our currency model, details of which can be found in this blog post.

We can’t wait for you to take this step with us, and we’d love your help in spreading the word!

Here are some things you can do if you’d like to help out:

  • Leave a review on Steam!
  • Host an Event!
  • Enter our Sokoban Puzzle challenges!
  • Make something to sell on the store!
  • Share videos and screenshots of you in Sansar!
  • Stream Sansar on Twitch!
  • Tell your friends!

Be sure to check out events.sansar.com – or find the Events tab in Sansar – to see what events we have coming up in December. You can also join our Discord if you haven’t already to hear up-to-the-minute announcements.  We’ve got some great events coming up, including Comedy Gladiators: A Virtual Comedy Experience (12/10) and the Grand Finals of Star Trek Trivia (12/13)!

If you have any questions, feel free to bring them to our weekly Product Meetup Thursdays at 11am PDT in Sansar!

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Will I have to use a Steam account or have to launch Sansar through Steam?
      • No. If you have an existing Sansar account, it will still function the same way it always has. Additionally, you will still be able to launch Sansar from the desktop client. Even after we launch on Steam, you will still be able to create new Sansar accounts and download the latest Sansar client, from our website.
      • You can also add Sansar (downloaded from our website) as a 3rd-party program you can launch from Steam
    • Will I be able tomerge my Sansar and Steam accounts?
      • No. We are not allowing account merging at this time.
    • If I want to use my existing Sansar account, can I still login to Steam?
      • Yes! If you are logged in to Steam, and download Sansar through the Steam platform, when you launch Sansar you will be prompted to login with the Sansar account of your choice.
    • Do I have to buy Sansar dollars through Steam?
      • If you created your Sansar account through Steam you have to have to use your Steam Wallet to purchase Sansar Dollars. If you created your Sansar account through our website, we will use the purchasing information we have one file.
    • How do I request a cashout of my Sansar balance?
      • Processing credit from Sansar into your Paypal account is temporarily on hold, but will be re-enabled in early 2019. Until then, if you would like to request a manual pyaout, you can find instructions on how to do that here.

What do you think of Sansar on Steam ? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks 🙂