OpenSimulator Community Conference 2018 Schedule Released


The full schedule for this weekend’s 2018 OpenSimulator Community Conference is now available for viewing. The conference starts on 8th – 9th December and it’s going to be bigger than ever before.

The events happening this weekend will be live simulcast streamed via AvaCon YouTube channel. All times listed are PDT/SLT for reference. The conference will be taking place here http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/.

Please spread the word about this year’s OpenSim conference.


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2018 SL Christmas Expo Opens


SL Christmas Expo 2018 Regions

This year’s SL Christmas Expo opened it’s doors to the public on Friday 30th November and will continue until Sunday 9th December 2018. This year the Christmas Expo event lasts for ten days across six regions next door to the American Cancer Society region.

There are great attractions to explore, hunts, raffles, contests and plenty of shopping. The Expo theme this year is The Sounds Of The Season and it’s going to the best one yet.

Stay updated with the latest SL Christmas Expo news and events daily here

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LEA Announces Restructuring From 1st January 2019


LEA regions

On Thursday 29th November 2018 The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) announced that it will be temporarily closing it’s residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) from 1st January 2019 to allow for major restructuring.

Apparently there are discussions currently between the LEA committee and Linden Lab about the future of LEA. It’s unclear at the moment how long the regions will be closed for. It will be interesting to see what gets done once the regions come back online again for the public.

Here is the press release with more details about the restructuring…

Come January 1st 2019, the Linden Endowment for the Arts, known as the LEA, will be temporarily closing its Artists in Residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) to allow for a major restructuring.

Over the last seven years, these regions have been open for artists who apply to build their dreams, each for a six month grant. We have seen many great installations here – and some that have attracted controversy..

The nine Core regions (which include the Theatre, the Sandbox and Photohunt) will remain for the present, and short-term grants will still be available in these regions for community-inspired arts projects.

Applications for Core regions can be made here:
https://sites.google.com/view/linden-endowment-for-the-arts-/home

Discussions between the present Committee and Linden Lab about the future form of the LEA are ongoing, but it is anticipated that there will be a new organising committee when the AiR regions re-open.

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
See more at: http://lea-sl.org/

For more information, contact Saffia Widdershins and JMB Balogh.

Virtual World Economic Situation Survey #1 Results


The results are now available for the recent Virtual World Economic Situation #1 Survey that was released last week. There were 124 total responses for the survey and the graph visuals are pretty interesting to say the least.

Here is the breakdown of the results: 

Sales

39.1% have said that sales lately have not been nothing special however 25.5% say they are having a hard time

SL Income

42.3% say that Second Life is a full-time job and it’s the main income source for them.

Current Economic Situation

The current economic situation results are a pretty mixed bag but most saying it’s struggling, it’s slowly declining and it could be better. There was just a small handful saying its getting better.

There were people saying there are too many events and the overall traffic has decreased. The marketplace seems to be making the most money for the most part.

SL Products

67.3% they make more of apparels, accessories, body parts products etc. Followed by houses, landscapes, decorations etc.

SL Events & Marketplace 

  • 38.1% say that sales from events are very important to them.
  • 80.7% say they have a main store in-world, sales from MP are still very important to them.

Opinions on Events and Marketplace 

  • 61.2% say there are too many events now and 39.8% say events help their businesses advertise.
  • 62% say they have got a lot of sales in Marketplace.

Monthly Average Incomes From SL

Sansar & Other Platforms

51.8% say they don’t think people in Second Life will give up their inventory and 37.3% say that there is a great deal of uncertainly about Sansar. They will stay with Second Life and look forward.

Most people’s opinions about other platforms is that they have no interest in them at the moment. Most are saying that Second Life is still their preferred virtual world and they are not moving over.

There were mentions of SineSpace, VRChat. InWorldz, High Fidelity and of course Sansar. I think give them more time and maybe more that will switch over to other platforms.


It’s worth reading the leave your questions area at the bottom of the results survey page. Some of the answers do go into a lot of detail.

Overall it’s a good snapshot of the current situation for merchants in Second Life. I think these sorts of surveys should be published every year to see if things are getting better or worse.