Announcements Expected At Today’s Lab Gab With Patch Linden and Grumpity Linden


Starting at 10am SLT/PT today on Friday 21st October 2022 there will be a special live Lab Gab episode hosted by Patch Linden (VP of Product Operations) and Grumpity Linden (VP of Product).

There will be at least a few new announcements apparently during this live session about upcoming features for Second Life. Spread the word 🙂

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Tilia Announces Investment From J.P Morgan


Linden Lab made an official announcement on Tuesday 18th October about Tilia managing to secure a new strategic investment from J.P Morgan Payments to help “further enhance Tilia’s current capabilities throughout its processing platform including providing increased payment and payout methods, expanding pay-out currencies and support services”

“Virtual economies represent a huge financial opportunity particularly for game, app and virtual world developers,” said Brad Oberwager, Executive Chairman of Tilia LLC.“

See below for the full blog announcement on the via the official Second Life blog.

We’re excited to share with the Second Life community some news about Tilia LLC, the all-in-one payments platform that powers the metaverse. Tilia was originally built and continues to support the Second Life economy.Tilia today announced that it has secured a new strategic investment from J.P. Morgan Payments. In addition to the investment, Tilia is also working with J.P. Morgan Payments to further enhance Tilia’s current capabilities throughout its processing platform including providing increased payment and payout methods, expanding pay-out currencies and support services.

What do you think about this new investment?

A Look Back At Second Life Private Estates During 2022 So Far


Basically since the start of 2022 Second Life gained 200+ Private Estates then lost roughly 200 Private Estatesk which is concerning to say the least. If downward rates continue as they are or get much worse then you can expect to see Private Estates drop under the 18, 000 mark before the end of 2022.

In early January 2022 there were 18, 332 Private Estates on the grid and there was positive net growth that followed for months. Back in late July 2022 there were 18, 326 Private Estates. A declining pattern has been happening since July 2022 for some reason.

During the past month it appears that Private Estates have dropped by -29 regions from 18, 164 in September 2022 down to 18, 135 as of 17th October 2022 via the Second Life Grid Survey.

It’s important to mention that back in early January 2020 private estates was around the 16, 036 mark. Back in late January 2011 there was like 24, 815 private regions on the grid. Private Estates have gone up and down a lot during the past 11 years.

Inflation globally and other factors will have a critical part during the next 2 – 6 months or so which will effect the Second Life grid statistics most likely. I hope we will see growth again soon in Private Estates in Second Life.

I remember a few years ago or so when the grid regions declined by the hundreds every month and I hope we won’t see that happen anytime soon.

I will publish another update on the region numbers in November 2022 and in December 2022 to report changes.

What are your predictions for private estates for the rest of 2022 and 2023+ in Second Life ? Please share your views in the comments section below.

New Premium Levels Coming Soon


Linden Lab are working on new Premium levels after the successful take-up of Premium Plus. The lab are looking to deploy the first of Premium levels by the end of 2022.

The news came from this week’s web user meeting for reference. Watch the whole meeting here including other Second Life project updates too.

The lab will be making a formal announcement about the new Premium levels (side versions) and what’s included by early November 2022 at the earliest depending on progress of course. In 2023 there could be multiple subscription levels and options to pick from.

Generally speaking more news about Premium levels should be announced by the start of November 2022 (it could be pushed back).

Keep a look out on the Second Life blog and via inworld user group meetings.

Tenth Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 


Preparations are under way for the upcoming Tenth Annual OpenSim Community Conference which opens on 10th and 11th December 2022. The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.

The conference features many keynote sessions, social events, presentations and more. This year’s conference will focus on inspiring our imagination and energizing our community. It’s going to be awesome this year.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • October 17, 2022 – Proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time).
  • October 30, 2022 – Proposal acceptance emails and with conference information.
  • November 7, 2022 – Accepted speakers must register for the conference to create an entry in the conference schedule and the program.
  • November 12 & 19, 2022 – Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup to prepare speakers for the conference.
  • November 28, 2022 – Deadline for stage props and audio-visuals (beyond textures) for the conference program.
  • December 10-11, 2022 – OSCC22 Conference dates!

Useful Links

> Call for Proposals here

> Volunteer for the conference here

> Login Information here

> Watch Live – (stream goes live in December 2022)

2022 Halloween Shop & Hop Opens Thursday 6th October At 9am PT


Halloween is fast approaching!

This year’s 2022 Second Life Halloween Shop & Hop event will be opening to the public at 9am PT on Thursday 6th October through until Tuesday 1st November 2022. This is a multi-region inworld shopping event.

There are over 320+ Second Life content creators participating this year across 16 regions. Come and celebrate Halloween through October featuring amazing gifts and much more. This is a great opportunity to discover interesting brands offering loads of cool stuff.

Visit the Second Life Halloween Shop & Hop regions here.

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Halloween Shop & Hop 2022 regions

Please spread the word 🙂

Second Life Premium Plus Members Who Use SpeedLight Get More Benefits


Breaking News

On Tuesday 4th October Linden Lab officially announced that Premium Plus members who use the SpeedLight to access Second Life will now get more benefits.

The new benefits include the following…

  • Unlimited online time at SpeedLight
  • Advanced 3D World view
  • Prioritised support (tickets and live chat)

Having unlimited online time sounds pretty good along with advanced 3D World View with more support. The Speedlight mobile app has been around for awhile now and its already proving popular with the Second Life community.

The Speedlight app is on Android and IOS along with the web browser version. In corporation with Linden Lab – v25 (September 2022) update:

The Speedlight mobile app is already popular with many of our community members since it enables Residents to stay connected with Second Life while on the go, and now Premium Plus subscribers get access to additional Speedlight benefits: no online time limitations along with prioritised online support. Now you can enjoy Second Life on your mobile devices (or in a web browser) with the freedom to stay connected as long as you like! To get these benefits, all you need to do is access Second Life using SpeedLight with your Premium Plus account

SpeedLight is free! The only limitation is 6 hour online time (you can re-login immediately). The additional Gold facility adds unlimited online time to your avatar”.

SpeedLight features:- Second Life search- friends list- local chat, group chats, IMs- IM autoresponder- group management- inventory management- L$ transactions history- and other Second Life featuresGold (premium) features:- advanced 3D- unlimited online time- mass IMs- message templates- mass messaging”.

Please spread the word and give it a go on the SpeedLight app. Feel free to post your views in the comments section below.

Relay For Life Of Second Life 2023 Season Dates


The 2023 Relay For Life of Second Life season dates have officially been released for next year. The theme for 2023 is Hope Floats. Relay For Life is the “signature event of the American Cancer Society in Second Life and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life since 2005”.

2023 RFL of SL Key Dates

  • Registration Opens: 15th January 2023
  • Kick Off: 18th February 2023
  • Relay Weekend: 10th & 11th June 2023

Please spread the word to your friends in Second Life.

The 2023 RFL of SL season will be amazing with huge support ! 🙂

OpenSim Land Area And Active Users Up – September 2022 Update


Hypergrid Business published September 2022 statistics for the past month and there is positive signs of growth again. The OpenSim land area grew by 806 regions, active users added 2, 349 and OpenSim nearly saw 3, 000 new registered users. The OSgrid still remains the largest grid for total land area (37, 155 regions) and for the most total active users (4, 984). Kitely comes in 2nd place with 18, 631 regions and AviTron with 3, 584 active users in 2nd place. Guess there is some catching up to do to get ahead of the OSgrid which is growing on a monthly basis.

Second Life has 27, 373 regions as of 18th September 2022 which is 10, 000 regions less than what the OSgrid has currently. Second Life has more daily active users (up to 51, 000+) and probably thousands of daily new registered accounts every day.

Planning has already started for upcoming Halloween events that will take place on many OpenSim grids through October 2022. I would imagine next months statistics should be higher showing positive gains hopefully.

Here are some interesting statistics about the OpenSim land area and registered users now as of September 2022.

OpenSim land area now stretches 116,084 regions in total, across a total of 1,779 grids tracked by Hypergrid Business. The metaverse is home to 468,245 registered users of which 41,443 were active this month. 95 percent of these are hypergrid users and 99 percent of the land is hypergriddable”.

OpenSim land area per month, 2009-2022. (Hypergrid Business Data.)

Kitely Marketplace

The “Kitely Market is now the largest collection of legal content available in OpenSim”. There “are currently 19, 605 product listings in Kitely Market containing 38, 073 product variations, 33, 024 of which are exportable”.

“Kitely Market has delivered orders to 559 OpenSim grids to date. This includes both public grids listed here as well as private grids that are not accessible to the public, don’t report their stats, and don’t make it into our reports”.

Check out the Kitely Marketplace growth since January 2015 below.

“Nearly all the growth in Kitely Market has been in content that can be exported to other grids — that is the green area in the chart. The red area, of non-exportable content, has stayed level for the past seven years”.

12th Annual SL Christmas Expo 2022 Starts 2nd to 11th December


This year’s 12th annual Second Life Christmas Expo for 2022 will be starting on Friday 2nd December through until Sunday 11th December. The theme for the 2022 SL Christmas Expo is The Magic Of Holiday Stories.

The SL Christmas Expo is a mega annual event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society and the expo will be once again supporting the Childhood Cancer initiatives of The Society. All money proceeds of the SL Christmas Expo will be sent to the research, support programs etc to help children with cancer.

There will be the annual entertainment with live music and special events during the expo to enjoy like in previous years. The teleport links to the SL Christmas Expo will be published on 2nd December 2022.

More news will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for that.