According to the Second Life Grid Survey recently the total amount of Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 17, 000 regions mark which is rather alarming and shows the decline is still happening.
At the start of 2016 there were 17, 775 Private Estate regions in Second Life but over the course of this year more regions have gone off the grid leaving 16, 902 Private Estates remaining as of 20th November 2016. It’s sad that Second Life has lost so many amazing regions over the past six years and I really hope that things will change for the better in years to come.
- YTD Private Estate net losses now stand at 873 (4.9% loss) – As of 20th November 2016
2010 to 2016
Since 2010 the total amount of regions have been decreasing slowly and the grid has lost amazing talent. For comparison on 13th June 2010 there were 31, 988 Main Grid regions in total and today there are 24, 076 Main Grid regions left. If trends continue then expect the total amount of Main Grid regions to drop under the 24, 000 mark before the end of 2016.
Check out this graph showing the total number of main grid regions since 31st October 2006.
- 2003 to 2006 – steady interest in regions
- 2006 to 2008 – high interest in regions
- 2008 to 2012 – max total of regions
- 2012+ – steady decline in regions
Breakdown of Ownership/Classification
(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:
- Estate – Adult: 4913
- Estate – General: 1354
- Estate – Moderate: 10631
- Estate – Offline: 4
- Linden – Adult: 447
- Linden – General: 1642
- Linden – Moderate: 5085
(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:
- Estate – Class 5: 242
- Estate – Class 7: 7793
- Estate – Class 8: 7573
- Estate – Class Unknown: 1294
- Linden – Class 5: 6
- Linden – Class 7: 1297
- Linden – Class 8: 5569
- Linden – Class Unknown: 302
2017: the year ahead
It’s going to be another challenging year for Second Life with Sansar opening it’s doors to the public in early 2017. The big question is what impact will Sansar have on the Second Life & OpenSim grid numbers during 2017+ ?. We will have to wait and see.
I hope that there will be growth in private estates during the course of 2017 and hopefully the lab will keep on investing more into Second Life. I will be sharing the latest grid stats during each quarter of 2017 so stay tuned for that.