Category Archives: SL Economy

OpenSim Total Land Area Still Increasing – March 2018 Update


Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

According to Hypergrid Business latest report for March 2018 it looks like OpenSim total land area is still increasing month on month. Apparently OpenSim land area gained a total of 3, 400 standard region equivalents this month. The number of active users increased by 1, 300 this month.

The biggest grid on OpenSim at the moment is the OSgrid with a total of 20, 203 standard region equivalents. Kitely comes in 2nd place with a total of 17, 372 regions followed by Atek Grid with just 7, 011 regions. The grids with the most active users at the moment: OSgrid with 4, 183 users followed by Metropolis with 3, 473 users and GreekLife with 2, 313 users.

For some reason InWorldz have not reported their stats for this month or last month.

Recently Kitely reached a new milestone of 100, 000 registered users with significant growth over the past year. The Kitely Market now has “11,566 product listings in Kitely Market containing 22,261 product variations, of which 17,218 are exportable. Kitely Market has delivered items to 257 OpenSim grids to date”.

Exportable products on Kitely continue to increase. (Kitely Market Data.)

Second Life Total Land Area – As of 18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Private Estates: 16, 058
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240
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Linden Lab reduces Mainland costs by over 10 percent & doubles Mainland allotment for Premium members


Breaking News

Today Linden Lab announced some exciting news on the official Second Life blog as they have reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent effective immediately. Premium members will now get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment from 512 sq metres to 1024 sq metres for free.

As of March 14, 2018, pricing for each mainland tier allotment has been reduced by 10%. Additionally, Premium subscribers now receive 1024m² of bonus land allotment, doubled from the previous 512m².

The full blog post reads this…

We’ve got some exciting news for both aspiring and existing Landowners who think the cost of land is too darn high in Second Life. Effective immediately, we’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent. 

But, wait…there’s more!

Premium membersnow also get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment! That’s twice as much space to build, create and design your own home, business or experience in Second Life at no extra charge! Premium subscribers now have 1,024m² included with their membership: you could keep your Linden Home and still have another 512m² left over, or use your entire 1024 allotment towards a parcel on the Mainland.  To learn more about specifics of this change, view our Pricing and Allotment Comparison chart.

We know that costs associated with land ownership can hinder some people from realising their full creative vision in Second Life or even keep them from participating in Second Life as much as they’d like. In 2015, we decreased land setup fees by up to 40% and restored a 50% discount on set-up fees and ongoing maintenance fees for educators and nonprofits. In 2016, we offered a limited-time “buy-down” opportunity that rolled back maintenance fees on full islands and homesteads.

As Second Life begins to celebrate its fifteenth birthday, we hope that this latest price drop will be welcome news to those who aspire to explore their creativity in 2018 and beyond.

To learn more about Premium benefits, visit our Premium page.

Here are the Premium Member Benefits if you upgrade today from basic.

Premium Member Benefits

Premium Membership

What do you think about the new reduced prices from the lab ?

Second Life Grid Statistics – September 2017 Update


Historical Daily Concurrency Since December 2009

These are latest Second Life Grid Statistics for September 2017 from the Second Life Grid Survey run by Tyche Shepherd.

The Second Life Grid Survey is by far the best source for daily Second Life grid statistics to check out. You can check out the latest region database numbers, useful economic metrics and much more.

I pointed out in my last Second Life Grid Statistics made back in early July 2017 that the grid saw a tiny amount of region growth from Private Estates during the first half of 2017. However the total amount of Main Grid regions has been dropping throughout 2017.

Since July 2017 Private Estates and even Linden Owned regions have declined down hill. Personally I don’t think the launch of Sansar Creator Beta effected the grid numbers or had any sort of big impact that some were guessing was going to happen.


Updated stats as of 10th September 2017 


Second Life Grid Size Through 2017 So Far

On 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

On 2nd April 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 806
  • Private Estates: 16, 586
  • Linden Owned: 7, 220

On 5th July 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 649
  • Private Estates: 16, 414 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 235

** 10th September 2017 **

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 537
  • Private Estates: 16, 312
  • Linden Owned: 7, 225
  • Year To Date Private Estate Net Losses: 471 (2.8% loss)
  • Total Area of Second Life: 1542.52 (km²)

Daily Concurrency

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 46, 773
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 37, 324 
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 27, 281

Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:

  • Estate – Adult: 5, 091
  • Estate – General: 1, 226
  • Estate – Moderate: 9,976
  • Estate – Offline: 19
  • Linden – Adult: 484
  • Linden – General: 1, 651
  • Linden – Moderate: 5, 090

Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:

  • Estate – Class 5: 259
  • Estate – Class 7: 7, 244
  • Estate – Class 8: 7, 061
  • Estate – Class Unknown: 1, 748
  • Linden – Class 5: 6
  • Linden – Class 7: 1, 310
  • Linden – Class 8: 5, 609
  • Linden – Class Unknown: 300

Second Life Signups 

  • Total Signups: 51, 641, 115 

Useful Links

The next stats blog post will be made at the end of December 2017 along with predictions for 2018.

Linden Lab announces upcoming investments for Second Life


Today Linden Lab announced a new set of exciting investments for Second Life on the Official Second Life Blog. Apparently Linden Lab have budgeted many millions (USD) in the coming year to make Second Life more amazing than ever.

These new investments include improved Second Life infrastructure, better Premium subscriptions, new Windlight extensions, new grid wide gaming experience and extensions to the animation system. See below for the full details!

Here are a few of the things you can look forward to soon:

  • We are hard at work upgrading all of the SL infrastructure and moving it to the cloud, which will bring a wealth of opportunities to Residents near and far, and allow us, among many other things, to make SL more performant for Residents across the world from us. It may also allow us to introduce new products with more flexible pricing.  

  • We’re working on several features to increase the value of Premium subscriptions. Most recently we gave Premium members priority access to near-full events, and shortly, we’ll be ready to unveil another bit of exciting news for subscribers.

  • We’re building out a series of great extensions to Windlight (code name: EEP!), which will give value, flexibility, and new marketability to land, and will make Windlight settings tradeable assets.  

  • We have an extension to the animation system in the works (code name: Animesh) that will allow non-avatar objects to use more powerful and efficient skeletal animations the way avatars can today, and even more changes planned for creators and merchants later in the year.

  • We’ve also got new experiences and events coming. An exciting new grid-wide gaming experience is coming soon! The team can’t wait to share the details with you in just a few days. Also in the works for this fall is an updated Halloween Haunted Tour, with new spooktacular events to celebrate. Not to mention, we’re turning 15 next year – SL15B, baby! That’s an incredible milestone and we are looking forward to collaborating with you to produce an amazing celebration.

It’s great to see Linden Lab are still improving Second Life for the better. This is proof that Second Life is here to stay for many more years to come.

Dear Second Life Residents,

It’s been an exciting summer at Linden Lab. Second Life celebrated its 14th anniversary, and shortly thereafter we also opened Sansar’s creator beta to the world. In addition, we are thrilled to announce a set of investments into Second Life and its communities that will include enhancements to our engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. In all, we’ve budgeted many millions (USD, not L$…) in the coming year to make SL even better, and we’ll keep everyone up to date on improvements as they roll out (or sooner).

This summer’s milestones have given us all another opportunity to reflect on just how strong the Second Life community is, what an incredible history SL has had so far, and what an amazing future lies ahead for the virtual world and its Residents.

For more than 14 years, you’ve created memorable experiences, diverse communities, close relationships, thriving economies, engaging art, exciting events, and amazing creations of all kinds. You’ve made the world, and we’re proud to provide the platform and tools that help you to do so. We at Linden continue to be impressed by what we witness from Residents every day, and we want you to know that we share that commitment to and love for Second Life.

I agree 15 years will be an incredible milestone next year and I’m so glad I’ve been around for ten years in Second Life. Yay 🙂