Check out the latest new interview with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab talking about the future of Second Life and Sansar. Wagner James Au interviewed Ebbe Altberg for 45 minutes at Linden Lab HQ in San Francisco in March 2019.
They chatted about efforts to grow new user growth, land discounts, the upcoming mobile companion app, cloud deployment, improving performance and much more relating to Second Life. With Sansar they chatted about the low usage numbers since the beta launch, Sansar’s long download times and efforts to optimize Sansar.
It’s incredible to think Ebbe Altberg has now been with Linden Lab for over five years and he has achieved a great amount over the years from reducing land costs, the roll out of Mesh, Bento, Animesh, improved the communications with the community, improved the experience for premium members and much more.
Some highlights that I found most interesting,,,
The new IOS mobile companion app is being worked on. It’s going to be focused on being connected with friends, chat, shopping, customer service and more. The lab are not considering it to be a viewer in the short term.
New pricing options/discounts are coming soon (within next few months)
Lot’s of new features (EEP) for Second Life (within weeks)
Second Life is targeted to move completely to the Amazon cloud within the next 12 months (early – mid 2020)
The premium subscriber base is growing
The lab are focused on continuing revenue & user growth for Second Life.
The lab are now interested in growing the concurrency levels and retention rates
There are no plans to force migrate Second Life users to Sansar
There are more people working on Second Life (130+) than Sansar (70+)
There is work to continue to reduce Sansar long download times
Sansar is still in beta and still in pre-launch mode
The lab are shipping big updates every month
For more specific highlights from this interview see here.
On Sunday 30th December 2018 Tyche Shepherd posted up the last Sunday report for 2018 showing positive growth numbers for Second Life regions throughout 2018. Apparently for the first time in seven years the Second Life grid is bigger at the end of the year than it was at the start. The last time this happened was back in 2011 which seems a long time ago now.
2018 saw a net growth of 474 regions in total which is +2.1% growth. Private Estates showed net growth up to 14 regions (0.1% growth). This is very good news to see the Second Life grid finally growing again. Yay! 🙂
The total number of Main Grid regions as of 30th December 2018 stands at 23, 811 with (16, 120 being Private Estates and 7, 691 being Linden owned.
I think the changes that Linden Lab made for land costs has definitely helped along with many other factors. It would be great to see the Second Life grid growing even futher during 2019.
Here is the weekly net changes in Private Estates for 2018:
Let’s hope this growth trend will continue now for the rest of 2019.
According to Tyche Shepherd via VirtualVerse on 23rd September 2018 the year to date for private estates net change is now positive with the addition of 45 regions (0.3% growth) since 31st December 2017. This means the total amount of main grid regions has regrown to the size it was back in April 2017. Yay! 🙂
This is very good news to hear positive growth for private estates in 2018 so far. I think the summer price reductions on land this year in Second Life has made a positive difference this year. The grid is slowly growing again and I hope this trend will continue.
Here are the latest Second Life region statistics as of 30th September 2018:
Main Grid Regions: 23, 785
Private Estates: 16, 146
Linden Owned: 7, 639
YTD Net Change for Private Estates: +40 (0.2% increase over the year)
– Adult rated regions: 5, 864 – (24.7% of the grid)
– General rated regions: 2, 909 – (12.2% of the grid)
Maximum Daily Concurrency: 50, 000
Minimum Daily Concurrency: 28, 000
Median Daily Concurrency: 42, 000
Second Life Signups
As of 30th September 2018 there have been 56, 326, 674 signups for Second Life to date.
Cristiano the owner of the well popular SLUniverse has announced it will be closing down in the next few weeks after recent issues. The SLUniverse Forums will become archived (read-only) and could be unavailable for some time after the closure.
SLU has a been a great source for the latest news in recent years for me. It’s sad to see it go but at least it’s still going on a different way. I joined SLU back in 2010 and I have enjoyed being part of this community.
SLUniverse Forums Statistics
Threads: 108, 739
Posts: 2, 408, 831
Members: 58, 131
Most users ever online was: 11, 462 on 09-24-2013 at 01:35 AM.
Cristiano mentions the following about the closure and the new site going forward…
So a lot has happened in the past 24 hours. I nearly lost 2.4 million posts and obliterated SLU, got them back, perhaps may have cried a little, then made some decisions about what to do about SLU.
I detailed what I was going through my mind in this post, so I won’t repeat it. However, since writing that, I made some rapid decisions that are already in motion.
First of all, I am launching a new site – VirtualVerse, which expands the scope of SLU to all things related to virtual worlds, whether it is Second Life, Sansar, other VR worlds that are gaining in popularity, or game related worlds like MMOs and open world games. I’ve wanted to become less SL centric, but it has been hard to do that with SL as part of the name.
The SLU forums will be closing within the next few weeks, depending on how long the transition takes. These forums will be archived – they may be unavailable for little while but will come back as a read only forum.
The good news is that SLUniverse is still going to live on but just in a different format on a new site called VirtualVerse which still includes all things Second Life, Sansar, Virtual Worlds and VR etc.
The new forums will be using Xenforo forum software and not the existing vBulletin forum software. It fully supports mobiles which is great. The forums have a light and dark theme to pick from at the moment.
What do you think about this transition from SLUniverse to VirtualVerse ?