SL19B Dates: 16th June To July 5th 2022


On the Second Life public calendar if you fast forward to June 2022 the dates for SL19B have already been officially confirmed. It appears that for the 2022 Second Life 19th birthday celebrations it will take place from Thursday 16th June to Tuesday 5th July 2022.

If you click on SL19B it will bring up a information box saying that more info coming soon with a link to the Second Life birthday celebration Flickr group page. The lab will announce more about SL19B nearer the time as we are five months away from the birthday celebrations.

I am looking forward to SL19B as it’s one of the biggest events of the year in Second Life and I’m sure it will be succesful once again. Next year for SL20B it will be a huge and I am looking forward to that.


SL Public Calendar Info

SL19B

When

Jun 16 – Jul 5, 2022

Description More info coming soon!
https://www.flickr.com/groups/secondlifebirthdaycelebration


Flickr Page Info

Second Life Official ADMIN

On June 23rd, 2003, the Second Life virtual world was launched to the public.
Thank you for celebrating Second Life’s birthday with us!
This year we’ll be celebrating SL19B from June 16th to July 5th.
Keep an eye on our blog for announcements and sign-up forms: second.life/featurednews


I will post more on SL19B in the months ahead when more information becomes available.

Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2022 Applications Now Open


Registration is now open for the upcoming 2022 Home & Garden Expo event in Second Life. The annual event will take place on 26th February through until 20th March 2022. The Home and Garden Expo is one of the largest and longest running events in Second Life supporting Relay For Life. There will be nine full regions showcasing many styles and genres from furniture, landscapes, houses, decor items and much more.

Blogger applications have opened officially for all those that want to cover the event. There will be blogger access on 24th February 2022 for a early sneak preview of the regions.

The Home & Garden event team are now processing applications and will be sending out notices to all those that are succesful.

Important Dates

  • Exhibitor’s access to set up displays: 20th to 25th February
  • Press Preview: 24th February 2022
  • Soft opening limited to certain groups: 25th February
  • Official Opening: 26th February to 20th March

Please spread the word about the upcoming Home & Garden Expo for 2022.

Good Press Coverage For High Fidelity Investing In Second Life


Over the past week there has been a noticeable amount of good press coverage around the internet about High Fidelity investing in Second Life and the good news on Philip Rosedale (founder of Second Life) is returning to Second Life as a strategic adviser. This is what Second Life strongly needs now going forward is more positive news coverage to grow Second Life out to reach a global audience.

There has been news coverage on Yahoo Finance, VentureBeat, The Verge, TechCrunch, Daily Advent, Axios, ZDNet and more. There will be a Lab Gab special which will be announced either later this week or next week. Stay tuned for that to hear what Philip and Brad has to say about all of this.

There has been good coverage on many Second Life bloggers sites from New World Notes, Inara Pey, SL Newser, Ryan Schultz, Orca Flotta, Mainland London and many more. There was been good discussions on Twitter, Plurk, Facebook etc.

As many know already Philip Rosedale will work with Linden Lab executive chairman Brad Oberwager. The majority of High Fidelity people, some of the money and patents are moving over to Second Life. There has been interesting discussion happening on the Second Life Forums about this investment. The feedback so far is mostly positive from what I am seeing.

In the Linden Lab press release there were some impressive statistics for Second Life now into it’s 19th year of operation. Hopefully Second Life will continue to grow further in 2022 and beyond that.

Now in its 19th year of operation, Second Life has had one of its strongest years ever with a growing user base and booming economy including an annual GDP of $650 million USD with 345 million transactions of virtual goods, real estate, and services. Over 2 billion user-generated assets exist inside Second Life with 8 million unique items sold on its Marketplace.

More news on this will be posted very soon. Lab Gab is the next big thing to watch out for now.

High Fidelity Invests In Second Life & Return Of Philip Rosedale


Breaking News

Today a new press release today was sent out announcing that High Fidelity has acquired an interest in Linden Research, Inc. The good news is that Philip Rosedale (founder of Second Life) returns as an strategic advisor along with key metaverse assets.

Philip Rosedale will work with Linden Lab executive chairman Brad Oberwager. The transaction will help Second Life further scale its operations and strengthen its commitment to growing an innovative, inclusive, and diverse metaverse where its inhabitants’ ingenuity drives real-world value for themselves and others.

It will be interesting to see how this new interest unveils over the coming months and years.

There will be a special Lab Gab episode on this big news happening in late January 2022. It’s been announced today via the Second Life blog. It’s going to be great show I’m sure with the return of Philip. Yay.

Here is the full press release below.

HIGH FIDELITY INVESTS IN SECOND LIFE

2022-01-13 00:00:00 UTC

Philip Rosedale Returns as Advisor, Along with Key Metaverse Assets to Help Fuel Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2022 — High Fidelity announced today that it acquired an interest in Linden Research, Inc. (“Linden Lab”), the pioneering developer of the virtual world Second Life. The deal includes a cash investment and distributed computing patents. Members of High Fidelity’s metaverse team are joining the company, and Philip Rosedale, who is a founder of both companies, is also rejoining Second Life as a strategic advisor.

The transaction will help Second Life further scale its operations and strengthen its commitment to growing an innovative, inclusive, and diverse metaverse where its inhabitants’ ingenuity drives real-world value for themselves and others.

“No one has come close to building a virtual world like Second Life,” says Second Life founder and High Fidelity co-founder, Philip Rosedale. “Big Tech giving away VR headsets and building a metaverse on their ad-driven, behavior-modification platforms isn’t going to create a magical, single digital utopia for everyone. Second Life has managed to create both a positive, enriching experience for its residents — with room for millions more to join — and built a thriving subscription-based business at the same time. Virtual worlds don’t need to be dystopias.”

“Since Philip started Second Life in 1999, its visionary approach has not only stood the test of time, but positioned it for the future,” says Brad Oberwager, chairman of Linden Lab. “He and the High Fidelity team have unmatched experience and I can’t wait to capitalize on the vast opportunity in front of us.”

Now in its 19th year of operation, Second Life has had one of its strongest years ever with a growing user base and booming economy including an annual GDP of $650 million USD with 345 million transactions of virtual goods, real estate, and services. Over 2 billion user-generated assets exist inside Second Life with 8 million unique items sold on its Marketplace.

ABOUT HIGH FIDELITY

High Fidelity is a real-time communications company, whose mission is to build technologies that power more human experiences in today’s digital world. The company’s patented spatial audio technology, originally developed for its VR software platform, adds immersive high-quality, 3D audio that makes voices sound clearer and powers more natural conversations, like they’re together in a physical space. High Fidelity was co-founded by Philip Rosedale, creator of Second Life, Irena Heiberger, and Ryan Karpf. The company is backed by investors including Blockchain Capital, Breyer Capital, Galaxy Digital Ventures, GV, HTC, IDG Capital Partners, Kapor Capital, True Ventures and Vulcan Capital. Learn more at highfidelity.com.

ABOUT SECOND LIFE

Second Life, developed and operated by Linden Research, Inc., is the groundbreaking virtual world enjoyed by millions around the globe. First launched in 2003, Second Life has since gone on to boast nearly two billion user creations and a vibrant $650 million (USD) economy. Founded in 1999, Linden Lab creates social platforms and licensed money services that empower people to create, share, and benefit from virtual experiences. To learn more visit secondlife.com.

Media Contacts

Ashleigh Harris
ashleigh@highfidelity.com
+1 415 862 4434

Elizabeth Olson, on behalf of Linden Research, Inc. (“Linden Lab”)
Ebeth.Olson@gmail.com                                    
+1 650 302 4776

Please spread the news and share it on your blogs etc. Thanks 🙂

Work Starts On New SSPE Fantasy Regions


SSPE2772 & SSPE2773

The Moles have started work this week on adding new Fantasy Linden Homes in the newly added 12 SSPE regions added in the north east corner. Already there are new bridges, pathways, house parcel markers and Fantasy related stuff dotted about. Developments will continue for many more weeks yet but as you can see good progress is being made.

Here is the fantasy sub continent map as of Tuesday 11th January 2022. The new 12 SSPE regions are now clearly visible on the world map now in the north east corner. In many coastal regions work is still happening around the continent.

New Rez Zone in SSPE2773

SSPE2773

Chalet Sub Continent January 2022 Update

A whole lot of houseboats have been added on the east side and south side of the Chalet sub continent. I think once these regions are completed in the weeks ahead then work will start on the west and north side of the Chalet sub continent.

Stay tuned for more new developments soon.

Applications Open For Valentine Shop & Hop Event 2022


Valentine Shop & Hop Event 2022

On Monday 3rd January Linden Lab opened up applications for the upcoming Valentine Shop & Hop event in Second Life. The event will open on Wednesday 2nd February and will run until Tuesday 15th February. The lab are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on their items which is roughly at least 20% off and provide a new non-exclusive gift to shoppers.

If you are interested then fill out this form no later than Sunday 9th January 2022. It’s important to read the guidelines before entering and answer some quick questions.

The lab will contact you if your application is successful.