Ebbe Altberg talks about the future of Second Life and Sansar


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.

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2018 Was A Good Year For Second Life Region Growth


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:

Second Life Private Estates weekly net changes during 2018

Let’s hope this growth trend will continue now for the rest of 2019.

Pfaffenthal 1867 Shuts Down In Second Life


Today the Pfaffenthal 1867 regions have sadly closed down in Second Life after having a strong presence inworld for many years. Pfaffenthal 1867 is moving over to Sansar because the land is free, the graphics is better, the use of VR headsets and real physical interactivity. 

I understand that the possibilities are big on Sansar however I think it’s a real shame the regions have now left Second Life. The regions were an expansive virtual replica of Pfaffenthal in Luxembourg City. The regions will be missed now it’s all gone in Second Life. It’s a sad day for the Second Life community for sure.

The announcement last week sent out by Hauptmann Weydert reads this…

Dear citizens,

The moment has finally arrived, for the 1867 project to move on to SANSAR, were land is free, where we can have better graphics,VR headsets and real physical interactivity. Note that sansar works very well on a normal PC,for desktop mode you do NOT need a gamer PC.

IMPORTANT!
All the 1867 sims in second life will be shut down next monday, on the 26th of november. Please pack all your stuff by then.

We will have a good bye party, saturday the 24th of november at 10 am at café neuen.
Please join us in SANSAR and be among the first to get a new house there! we have 4×4 km !

cheers to all of you!

Hauptmann Weydert

Earlier today I went for a look around the regions before they went offline. The regions are just wonderful and there was so much to see. Maybe the regions may come back to Second Life in the future. It’s a huge loss and hit to Second Life i think.

Check out my snapshots below…

Farewell Pfaffenthal 1867 

For All SL Merchants – Virtual World Economic Situation Survey


Virtual World Economic Situation Survey

There is a interesting new survey called the Virtual World Economic Situation Survey making the rounds at the moment across the metaverse which is focusing on what Second Life merchants think of the current Second Life economic situation.

  • Survey is now closed + see link above for full results 

The aim of this survey to get enough Second Life merchants filling out this survey so everyone can find out the current economy situation more clearly. There are questions in this survey on sales, monthly incomes, the importance of events, the marketplace, product creations and there is a opinions section on Sansar.