Category Archives: SL Economy

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.

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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 🙂

Looking at the Second Life Grid Statistics for Q1 2017 & Sansar Opening Date TBC


The first quarter of 2017 is now over so now it’s time to look at the Second Life grid statistics for the first three months of this year. At the start of January 2017 I posted up the first stats update mentioning that 2016 saw a decline in regions almost every week.

There was small growth for private estates and Linden owned regions in various weeks. The growth is just not enough to catch up with the endless regions dropping off the grid on a weekly basis. It would be nice to see more region growth during the course of 2017 into 2018.

Update on land costs in Second Life

At VWBPE 2017 Ebbe Linden said that the lab have tried to do things to lower land prices in recent years and that land is too expensive in Second Life. Ebbe said that he would love for land costs to come down and for this to happen the lab would have to figure out a way to collect money from elsewhere.

I think anything to help lower land costs would be most welcome but it’s good to know the lab are working on possible solutions behind the scenes. It’s a balancing act but if done right could stop the decline in regions accelerating faster.

Q1 2017 Grid Size Stats

> 1st January 2017

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

> As of 2nd April 2017

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

Since the start of 2017 the total number of main grid regions have declined again and now it’s dropped under the 24, 000 regions mark for the first time. Private estates have dropped slightly along with Linden owned regions.

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Main Grid regions totals since October 2006

Daily Concurrency

The daily concurrency in Second Life seems to be averaging between 53, 000 (at max) – 31, 000 (lowest) on a daily basis at the moment. The Median Daily Concurrency is now at 43, 000.

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Historical Daily Concurrency since December 2009

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Median Daily Concurrency since December 2009

Second Life Signups 2017 Update

As of 2nd April 2017 there have been 47,  449, 070 signups for Second Life to date. On average there are now between 8, 000 to 10, 000 new signups every day for Second Life.

Sansar opening date TBC, land impact and creator beta invites

We are now in April 2017 and still Sansar has not officially launched to the public. On 31st March 2017 the Sansar Official Twitter page tweeted that the specific date is yet to be announced for Sansar. Sansar will open in beta this year. 

When Sansar does finally open to the public my further grid statistics blog posts will include any noticeable changes in terms of regions and active users. The big question is will Sansar have a impact on Second Life or not ?

The lab are still inviting creators on a rolling basis into Sansar and more invites will be sent out soon. Good luck! 🙂

Sansar social VR basketball experience

Next Stats Update

My next Second Life statistics blog post will be posted in July 2017 where I will be looking back at the first six months of 2017.

A look back at 2016 in Second Life – Year In Review


10 years later

My 10th rezday – 31st October 2016

This is my special year in review post looking back at the biggest news, events and more during 2016 in Second Life. There have been so many good memories and some not so good ones during 2016. See the bottom of this blog post for month by month highlights of 2016. 🙂

Improved communications

I do think communications between the lab and the Second Life community have greatly improved during 2016 through various channels like the official Second Life blog, on the Second Life status grid reports page, via Twitter and inworld.

The lab have already posted their highlights of 2016 here including raising the land prims limit for the mainland/private estates, introducing the new horizons experience, adding 360 snapshots, extending Bento, adding new community gateways and much more.

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New Horizons Experience

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Improved grid status page

State of the grid in 2016

The amount of Main Grid regions and private estates have declined further during 2016 which is not good news but that’s what’s officially happening. I hope that in 2017 there will be some sort of region growth because that would be cool. The lab needs to work out and try to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening.

Back on 3rd January 2016

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

As of 25th December 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 975
  • Private Estates: 16, 792
  • Linden Owned: 7, 183

There have been many well known places that have closed down this year in Second Life because of various reasons and some places managed to be saved.  Yay! 🙂

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Mont Saint Michel

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Insilico

Amazing Events This Year

There have been so many enjoyable events that have happened during 2016 including the Second Life 13th birthday celebrations, One Billion Rising, Lab Chat events, the VWBPE conference, Relay For Life of Second Life events,

Don’t forget the incredible Bay City 8th anniversary, BURN2 events, the annual faires and the list goes on.

Thanks to all those that organised and volunteered these amazing events this year. 🙂

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Fantasy Fair 2016

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Bay City Eighth Anniversary

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Second Life 13th Birthday

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RFL of SL 2016

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London City 7th birthday

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BURN2 2016 Festival

Sansar is almost ready 

There was huge interest this year for Sansar with hundred’s signing up for the Creator Preview and testing it out. The lab have released various interesting Sansar photos, demos and updates during the course of 2016.

Sansar is due to open to the public sometime in January 2017.

Some shocks in 2016

The big shock of 2016 has to be when Donald Trump won the US Election 2016 and will become the next US president from mid January 2017.

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Donald Trump supporters area

Another big shock of 2016 has to be the terrible Orlando shootings earlier this year because that was really sad. In Second Life the community came together and raised L$ to support the victims.

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We lost some great talent during 2016 

Sadly a few well known residents that I knew in Second Life passed away during 2016. If anyone knew anyone else that passed away in Second Life during 2016 – please let me know so I can add it below!

  • Ladyslipper Constantine  Involved with Virtual Ability events, Virtual Worlds Best Practices education events, One Billion Rising, BURN2 events and she was involved in past Second Life birthday celebrations
  • Latif Khalifa – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer

Here is a month by month highlights during 2016 on what happened in terms of big events and news. All links below are from my blog posts 🙂 

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

2017: the year ahead

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading my blog posts during 2016 and I am looking forward the blogging more in 2017. I will be covering Second Life, Sansar and OpenSim next year. Wooot! 🙂

I hope 2017 will be a good year 🙂