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 ?
Here are some of the updates that I found most interesting in simple terms during the recent town hall event with Ebbe Altberg the CEO of Linden Lab on Thursday 13th September 2018.
To see the whole video of the Town Hall session, see my previous blog post. It’s definitely worth watching. I hope there will be many more Town Hall sessions in the future with more announcements.
1. Return of Last Names
Linden Lab set a goal to return last names in Second Life in 2018. It’s now probably going to be returning either at the end of 2018 or sometime in 2019. There is no date when it will be deployed but the team are on it.
It’s apparently very close to release and the Environment Enhancement Project is close to public testing very soon.
Bakes on Mesh is still progressing and should appear before the end of the year
3. Second Life In The Cloud
Moving Second Life to a cloud infrastructure will not be completed until 2019 as it’s a long-term project. There may be more water spaces to connect between existing continents (TBC).
4. Linden Homes
The land team are working hard on things at the moment and it’s being determined if the new land will be deployed in stages or all at once. More details will be revealed before the end of 2018.
5. Tier Rates
Currently there will no plans to further change the tier rates in Second Life. The lab is still absorbing the data from the June 2018 private region restructure. The reducing of the price of land has definitely helped and the overall responses have been positive.
6. New Premium Subscription Options
There may a project that can start to be rolled out before the end of 2018. The main goals is to offer greater value to users and motivate more users to sign up to Premium levels.
7. Linux Viewer
There is a project that will try to produce a 64-bit .DEB version of the Linux viewer. This is not a priority for the viewer development stage at this time.
The lab finds this a difficult issue and Linux represents a small percentage of Second Life users.
8. Second Life Economic Metrics
Apparently some metrics have been restored but not all metrics will restored. Not all of the economic data is suitable for public consumption as the lab is a business in competition with others.
9. Apple Metal Framwork (OpenGL Support)
The lab are in discussions over what steps to take next. As it stands there no plans to drop mac support as a result of Apple’s decision.
10. Re-Introducing 24 Hours Support For Non-US users
There are no plans to bring it back on the basis of the cost, covering time zones and languages etc.
Other updates worth mentioning
New games and experiences are coming very soon
Marketplace improvements are starting to show up and more on the way soon
The new land auctions process has been deployed and the Mainland land auctions are still yet to come
Grid-wide experiences may not be deployed before the end of 2018
The lab have done a number of tests for the new themed learning islands
I would love to know what you found most interesting during the town hall event ?.