Second Life Statistics Update – June 2019


  June 2019 Update

4th June
The new Bellisseria continent & the new houseboats area – 4th June 2019

We are now six months into 2019 and it’s time to look at the Second Life grid statistics since the start of the year. So far it’s been a rather positive year for region growth for Private Estates and Linden Owned regions.

I think most of the region growth has come from Linden Owned regions as the new Bellisseria continent opened back in mid April. Hundred’s of more regions are expected to join the Bellisseria continent later this year. The original SSP regions are likely to be moved over to fill up the empty space down south.

It’s unknown what will happen to the original SSP continent after the new Bellisseria continent has been fully completed. They could still remain as a working ground or they could be removed fully which would mean a big drop in regions. Likewise with the old Linden home continents which is estimated to shut down sometime in 2020.

Main Grid Size 

Linden Owned and Private Estates are showing positive growth now..

As of 2nd June 2019

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Linden Owned: 8, 017
  • Private Estates: 16, 130

30th December 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 811
  • Linden Owned: 7, 691
  • Private Estates: 16, 120

Since the end of 2016 there has been a sharp increase in Linden Owned regions. Private Estates did decline in 2017 but since then have been showing positive growth again.

18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240
  • Private Estates: 16, 058

31st December 2017

  • Total Main Grid regions: 23, 332
  • Total Linden Owned: 7, 226
  • Total Private Estates: 16, 106

3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111
  • Private Estates: 17, 775

Reduced Land Costs 

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The lab have reduced land prices during the first half of 2019 which has helped to grow the grid and interest has been on the increase I think especially for the new Linden Homes/Houseboats. As of this week full region prices have been reduced by as much as $20/month and I’m sure now there will be many more Private Estates in the weeks ahead.

The lab reduced prices last year…

This round of pricing changes continues our commitment to improving the overall health of the Second Life economy, which had historically overly relied on payments for land. This change follows last year’s 15% Private Estates price drop and 10% Mainland price reduction and doubling of land allotment for Premium Members.  Excitingly, this is the first time we’re also lowering prices on grandfathered and buydown regions!

The first Premium price increase in over a decade will come into an effect as of 24th June.

Second Life Concurrency

The Second Life concurrency seems to be averaging between 27, 000 (min) to 46, 000 (max) at the moment. The average seems to between 36, 000 – 38, 000 mark at the moment.

The SL Online Now website tracks logged in users in real time by day, week, month and year. It’s a really good useful page to see how many users are in Second Life at any given time with historical graphs. 

The Second Life Grid Survey has tracked the daily concurrency since 5th December 2009 and as you can see the maximum daily concurrency has declined with a small peak happening now and then every year.

Total Population

Total residents that have signed up to Second Life now stands at 59, 257, 840.

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No Changes for Free Basic Members On Group Limits


Breaking News

Linden Lab have listened to the strong and convincing feedback within the past 48 hours or so from the Second Life community and there will be NO CHANGES for free Basic accounts which is most welcome news indeed. That means all free Basic accounts will continue to use the limit of 42 groups which makes perfect sense. Premium Members will still see their limits increased from 60 to 70 next month.

See the new blog announcement..

We’ve since heard strong and convincing feedback from many in our community about the impact of changing Group Membership limits for Basic accounts. For example, many Residents have shared how they rely heavily on Groups to stay informed about new product releases as Merchants use this feature to regularly communicate news and updates to their customers, and how much Groups are used for keeping communities active.

We hear your concerns and, as a result, Group Membership limits for Basic Residents will NOT be reduced as part of our Premium Membership changes rolling out on June 24. While Basic Members will continue to have an unchanged limit of 42 groups, all Premium Members will still see their limits increased from 60 to 70.

Here is the revised summary of Premium feature changes (effective 24th June 2019)

The lab are listening carefully to feedback on the new pricing changes…

Please see the original blog post for all pricing changes planned for June 24.  Land prices will decrease as announced on June 3, and existing Premium Members can lock in their current rates for one more billing cycle.* Simply pre-pay between June 3 and the end of the day on June 24 to extend your current Membership by one more cycle at the current low rate.

Thank you again for all of the feedback. We do not make these kinds of decisions lightly but are always open to the feedback, criticism, and ideas from our incredible community, and willing to listen and learn.

* We will update our blog when the availability to lock in your current rate goes live on Monday. If you have any trouble accessing the website on that day, please note that it may be due to an increase in traffic and that the option will be available until the end of the day on June 24th.

Grumpity Linden posted some very interesting stats on the SL Forums yesterday evening on the estimated members on Basic accounts and Premium subscribers.

We have approximately 90,000 basic members with 36 or more groups. We have approximately 10,000 premium subscribers with 55 or more groups. This is not a 1:1 change. 

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.

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.