Second Life Region Statistics -September 2021


Here are the latest Second Life grid statistics as of Sunday 26th September 2021 via the Second Life Grid Survey. Since early July 2021 Second Life is still showing strong positive growth in new Private Estates and new Linden Owned regions. This is very good news and hopefully this positive upward trend will continue for many more months to come.

It’s gone from 24, 147 total main grid regions on 20th January 2020 to 27, 220 on 26th September 2021. Wow! 🙂

Most of the recent region growth has come from the new Fantasy sub continent which opened in early August 2021 where hundreds of new regions were added on the grid. It’s expected hundreds of more Linden home regions (new themes) will be added within the next 12 months or so.

If the total main grid regions count surpasses 28, 000 then it would be like 2012/2013 levels again which would be great to see. If it reaches 29, 000 or 30, 000 then that would be amazing.

September 2021 Region Stats

OwnershipTotalGeneralModerateAdultOfflineTotal Area (km)
Total27220262116909768281783.89
Linden Owned8867157668824081581.11
Private Estates18353104510027727471202.78
As of 26th September 2021

Second Life Grid Statistics on 4th July 2021

  • Total: 26, 946 – (up from 26, 504 on 11th April 2021)
  • Private Estates: 18, 316 – (up from 17, 864 on 11th April 2021)
  • Linden Owned: 8, 630 – (down from 8, 640 on 11th April 2021)
  • Total Area (KM): 1765.93 – (up from 1736.97 on 11th April 2021)

My next Second Life Grid Statistics blog post will be published in late October 2021.

Second Life Daily User Concurrency Levels Decline Slightly Since Mid May 2021


Second Life Daily Concurrency Levels – August 2020 to August 2021

It appears that the Second Life daily concurrency levels have declined slightly since mid May 2021 in terms of the maximum number of daily online users and the average online users every day has dropped a few points. The Second Life daily concurrency levels have not reached or gone above the 60, 000 mark so far in 2021. The highest peak so far in 2021 was 57, 767 on 29th March 2021. Back in 2020 the highest peak was 60, 068 recorded on 13th April 2020.

At the start of 2021 the daily Second Life user concurrency was doing alright averaging between 55, 000 to 57, 000 at peak times. So far in August 2021 its averaging 51, 000 to 52, 000 at peak times.

August 2021 Daily Concurrency Levels

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 51, 000 to 52, 000 (average)
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 38, 000 to 39, 000 (average)
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 27, 000 to 29, 000 (average)

There have been some noticeable losses in the minimum user concurrency levels on 13th January (25, 282), 10th February (24, 100) and 31st March (19, 842). Since June 2021 the grid has been showing good stability for grid outrages.

The road ahead

I would imagine this current user concurrency trend will remain this way until Autumn/Winter kicks in when the levels should start increasing again slowly (55k then 60k etc). It will be interesting to see if the gacha ban will have any impact or not on the overall user concurrency numbers starting 1st September 2021+.

I think it would be good to see the Second Life user concurrency levels rise again (above 60k) towards the end of the year into 2022. At the moment there is no need to panic as this trend normally happens annually.

My next update on the Second Life daily user concurrency levels and the overall grid statistics will be published in late October 2021.

Inworld Map Tiles: Linden Lab are “continuing to work on a fix for this issue”


On 2nd April 2021 Linden Lab updated the Second Life Status page in the Inworld Map Tiles Information Currently Unavailable section saying that they are continuing to work on a fix for the issue. It’s been six months now broken.

For most now in the community it’s been very frustrating not being able to see updated map tiles on the world map in Second Life. From what I am hearing from various sources this is turning out to be a complex issue.

There is some good news though as there are two alternatives to view the world map. New improvements are being made on a regular basis.

Still no ETA from Linden Lab on when we can expect a possible fix.

Update – We are continuing to work on a fix for this issue. We appreciate your continued patience!
Apr 208:05 PDT

Update – Now that Uplift has finished we are working to restore the map tile functionality. We still do not have an ETA, but please follow this blog for updates and thank you for your patience!
Jan 2111:23 PST

Identified – We have identified the issue and will be implementing a fix, but not not have an ETA for the resolution. Please note the map tile issue also affects new region owners as well as current owners. Thank you very much for your patience, and watch this blog for updates.
Nov 1906:49 PST

Investigating – We are aware that currently inworld map tiles are not updating, and we are working on the issue. We appreciate your patience. Please watch this blog for further updates.
Nov 1816:10 PST

Stay tuned for further updates.

Second Life Grid Statistics – April 2021 Update


We are now four months into 2021 and it’s time to look at the latest Second Life grid statistics to see what’s going on.

New: Traffic Lights

  • Green: Stats showing positive growth
  • Orange: Stats remaining stable / possible rise soon
  • Red: Decline in the stats / data stopped

Second Life Regions

Good news is that the Second Life grid is showing positive net growth at the moment. Most of the growth is coming from the expansion of the Bellisseria continent with new Linden owned regions being added. As many know already the lab connected the Bellisseria continent with Satori continent. 

The Second Life land store is open which is making a positive difference now to the grid numbers overall. There has been more interest in private estates since the end of 2020 which is fantastic news. Let’s hope this positive trend will continue for the rest of 2021 and into 2022.

The Second Life grid size as of 11th April 2021

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 26, 504
  • Private Estates: 17, 864
  • Linden Owned: 8, 640
  • Total Area: 1736.97 (KM)

As of 28th February 2021

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 729
  • Private Estates: 17, 302
  • Linden Owned: 8, 427

Back on 27th December 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 614
  • Private Estates: 17, 084
  • Linden Owned: 8, 531

Second Life Daily Concurrency

The Second Life daily concurrency levels have remained steady since the start of 2021. There have not been any huge peaks in the maximum daily concurrency yet. The highest recorded so far for 2021 was on 29th March 2021 with 57, 767 residents online.

It would be nice to see the daily concurrency surpass 60, 000 in the months ahead. Between March 2020 and May 2020 the daily average maximum Second Life user concurrency stayed around the 60, 000 mark.

April 2021 Daily Concurrency Stats

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 51, 000 to 57, 000
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 41, 000 to 45, 000
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 31, 000 to 34, 000

Second Life Signups

It seems that the Second Life Grid Survey no longer publishes daily metrics for Resident Signups to date. The last update was made on 21st October 2020 with 64, 687, 961 total residents.

This was a useful metric to see the population growth in Second Life and hopefully the data feeds will resume soon.

Second Life Website Traffic

It appears that during February 2021 SecondLife.com traffic dropped to 9.4 million visits. Back in December 2020 it peaked at 12.7 million visits. During March 2021 the website traffic increased to 11 million visits. I would imagine the website traffic will increase in the months ahead.

Useful Resources

My next Second Life grid statistics will be published in July 2021.

A Look Back At The Second Life Daily Concurrency Figures From December 2009 to January 2020


I have been looking back at the historical Second Life concurrency chart that Tyche Shepherd shared back on 3rd March 2020 via the Second Life Forums in this thread called A look into the health of the Second Life Grid. The chart below shows the maximum, median and minimum daily concurrency levels from 5th December 2009 to 29th January 2020.

As you can see below since December 2009 the Second Life user concurrency levels have been on a slow decline especially with the maximum and median daily concurrency figures until 2020 where the levels have balanced out a bit. In the bottom chart of this blog post throughout 2020 the maximum user concurrency has mostly stayed around the 50. 000 – 60, 000 mark. The maximum user concurrency so far in 2021 seems to be averaging between 50, 000 to 57, 000.

Hopefully during 2021 and 2022 the Second Life daily user concurrency levels will go up again.

Tyche Shepherd chart showing the Second Life concurrency figures since December 2009

Source

2020 Daily Concurrency Levels

The maximum daily concurrency peaked between March 2020 and May 2020. The levels calmed down until August 2020 where the levels started to go up again. The daily maximum user concurrency has been steadily going up towards the 60, 000 mark again during the first few months of 2021.

The median daily concurrency was high between March 2020 and April 2020 then it went up from August 2020.

Second Life concurrency figures from March 2020 to March 2021

Source

2021 Outlook

It would be great to see the Second Life daily maximum concurrency average between 60, 000 to 65, 000+ in the months ahead. It would be good to see the average of online users (median) in Second Life go up again like it did during 2020.

The Second Life Grid Survey run by Tyche Shepherd who still keeps on-going statistics relating to the daily user concurrency levels in Second Life which can be found here. Check out the drop down menus for the latest grid numbers. Most of the graphs no longer publish new data.

I guess we will have to wait and see what happens. I will blog again about the user concurrency levels later this year to see whats happening.

Main Grid Regions Drop Under The 25, 000 Mark


As of 26th July 2020 the total amount of main grid regions in Second Life has dropped under the 25, 000 mark according to the Second Life Grid Survey. Mainly through Private Estates and some Linden Owned regions have been showing signs of decline during the past month.

The total region count has actually been lower than this in previous years like back when there were 23, 298 regions back on 18th March 2018. At the moment there is no need to panic but if trends continue like they are then the decline will sadly get worse before the end of 2020.

The first six months of 2020 there have been signs of positive growth in Second Life and hopefully soon the grid growth will return. See below for the grid numbers counted for January, June and July.

Main Grid size as of 26th July 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 947
  • Private Estates: 16, 662
  • Linden Owned: 8, 285

Main Grid size – 7th June 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 160
  • Private Estates: 16, 902
  • Linden Owned: 8, 258

Main Grid size – 20th January 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Private Estates: 16, 036
  • Linden Owned: 8, 111

What To Expect Next ?

  • Once the migration to the cloud has been completed in early Autumn then the region capacity will increase again. The lab have not released any dates yet. This will effect the private estate numbers.
  • The Bellisseria continent will start to grow again after the cloud move is finished. This will increase the Linden Owned regions.
  • Hopefully during 2021 Linden Lab may lower the land costs or do something to help the Second Life community.

How does OpenSim compare ?

If you put the OSgrid and Kitely regions combined together it will surpass Second Life regions by a huge margin. There are now over 1, 572 public accessible opensim grids now. The total OpenSim land area expanded by more than 800 regions. Is everyone switching to OpenSim now ?

There are now roughly 80, 000 regions on OpenSim which is a huge amount. Second Life has 24, 947 regions in total. From the looks of things OpenSim is still growing in terms of regions and active users.

See July 2020 report

Hypergrid Business Data – July 2020

I will blog about the grid numbers in October and then again at the end of 2020. Hopefully by then the grid numbers will be positive. If there is any big changes or announcements then I’ll share them on my blog.