Lab Gab Episode 19 Summary – LL staff say “stay safe, stay virtual”


On Friday 27th March Lab Gab episode 19 was broadcasted live with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab and Brett Linden Senior Director of Marketing. There was discussion about the coronavirus outbreak, Second Life and Sansar. It was a pretty interesting show.

Here is a brief summary on the latest new updates.

Coronavirus Outbreak

  • All Linden Lab offices are closed. The co-lo data centre is open for access.
  • It is not anticipated that Second Life should experience any significant service interruptions going forward.
  • The lab have been saying “stay safe, stay virtual” during meetings and calls.
  • The lab have concerns about the virus and its impact it may have on family/friends.
  • Linden Lab formation is to work remotely from home (its been like that for years).

Second Life 

  • Second Life is a very established & profitable company.
  • Name Changes just a very few weeks away from launching.
  • New registrations for Second Life are up by 60% with a rise in concurrency around 10% overall due to cities around the world being locked down.
  • Returning users are up in Second Life – increase in those that have not logged into Second Life for some time.
  • IOS Mobile Companion (IMs & group messaging) is now very close to Alpha status. Work has started on the Android version.
  • Linden Lab is committed to the cloud uplift to AWS / Google until the end of 2020.
  • New Second Life Book Club will launch on 8th April 2020 along with a monthly event. Showcase streams will be a series of “drop in” video streams that will showcase music and art events in Second Life.

Sansar

  • Around 30 staff at Sansar have been offered to join the new Sansar under Wookey Project Corp.
  • Sansar new focus will be on virtual events in the music and entertainment sectors.
  • Tilia will continue to be used for Sansar Dollar transactions

Here is the full episode below…

Full Video: VWBPE 2020 Above the Book: What’s up at the Lab?


For anyone that missed that yesterday’s VWBPE 2020 Above the Book: What’s up at the Lab session here is the full video. Mal Burns interviews Ebbe Linden and Patch Linden. The session runs for one hour and 15 minutes.

Everyone should give it a watch and spread the word about this special session at VWBPE 2020. 

Summary

  • Linden Lab have now introduced a limited time offer for education and non-profit organisations to get full regions. Reducing full region tier to US $99.00 per month
  • Linden Lab focus is transitioning the Second Life infrastructure to the cloud
  • Second Life is seeing a rise in concurrency and engagement
  • Last Changes is just a few weeks away from launching 
  • IOS Mobile Companion is very close to Alpha status. Work has started for the Android version
  • Ebbe Altberg is 100% devoted to Second Life and Tilia 

VWBPE 2020 runs until 28th March 2020.

Wookey Project Corp. Acquires Sansar


Breaking News

On Tuesday 24th March Linden Lab officially announced that Wookey Project Corp. a San Francisco-based technology company has acquired Sansar.

The lab released another press release on the Sansar blog. It’s a new day and a new chapter for Sansar. Join us.


Why did Linden Lab sell Sansar?

Linden Lab chose to streamline its focus to continue the development and operations of the leading virtual world Second Life and licensed money services provider Tilia

Who is Wookey Project Corp.?

Wookey Project Corp. continues to create a new generation of online AR/VR experiences that allow users the power of collaborative interaction through knowledge immersion.


Here is the full press release…

WOOKEY PROJECT CORP. ACQUIRES SANSAR

2020-03-24 00:00:00 UTC

Linden Lab has had some inquiries from the public and media about the current happenings of Sansar. We are very excited to witness the unfolding of Sansar getting a fresh opportunity to thrive under the ownership of Wookey Project Corp., a San Francisco-based technology compan that has assumed all operations without any interruption to operations or the Sansar community.

We are proud to have given birth to this amazing platform for creativity and live events, and encourage our community to continue the process of supporting Sansar as it shifts to new ownership. We’ve assembled a quick FAQ to address key inquiries about this transition.

Why did Linden Lab sell Sansar?

Linden Lab chose to streamline its focus to continue the development and operations of the leading virtual world Second Life and licensed money services provider Tilia.

Is Second Life also being sold to Wookey Project Corp.?

No. Second Life and Tilia both remain under the independent ownership of Linden Lab.

Who is Wookey Project Corp.?

Wookey Project Corp. continues to create a new generation of online AR/VR experiences that allow users the power of collaborative interaction through knowledge immersion.

Will my Sansar account and personal information be safe?

Yes! Your Sansar account information remains secure and safe during this transition. Please refer to the revised Privacy and Terms and Conditions on Sansar.com to learn more. If you have comments or questions about the privacy policy, feel free to email legal@wookey.com.

Will Linden Lab retain any ownership or management with Sansar after the transition?

No. Effective immediately, Wookey Project Corp. assumes all operations and management of Sansar. Wookey Project Corp. has contracted with Tilia Inc. as a third party service provider to perform certain back office functions for Sansar, including the issuance and redemption of Sansar’s in-game virtual tokens.

What will be the focus of Sansar under the new ownership?

Sansar will continue to evolve as the premier platform for live events and entertainment including (but not limited to) support for VR, while Second Life is positioned as the Internet’s leading user-created virtual world platform. Both Linden Lab and Wookey Project Corp. will continue to develop our respective platforms independently.

What does this mean for Second Life and Linden Lab?

Operations at Second Life are not impacted at all. The Second Life community will continue to be able to login and enjoy SL without any interruption. As for Linden Lab, many members of the Sansar team formerly employed by Linden Lab are staying with Sansar as employees under its new ownership.

For more information about the future of Sansar, please see the announcement on the Sansar blog.

 

The New Log Home Continent Opening Pretty Soon


New Log Home Continent Opening Soon

It’s estimated there will be around 4, 000 new log homes becoming available within the next few weeks. The new log home continent is a huge land mass and it’s currently being worked on by the Moles. There will be new community areas, waterways, roads and much more.

A closer look

Latest Updates

  • The regions are closed to the public as of now
  • The continent coastlines have to be completed around the edges & new homes built/new water areas
  • New red squares are dotted around the continent (work in progress)
  • When regions are named the regions are ready to go live
  • There are 10 theme styles the lab are looking at for future Linden homes

On 15th April 2020 it will mark one year since the first Linden Homes were officially opened. Just look how small the Bellisseria continent was back then with only 384 regions.

We now have Traditional, Houseboats, Campers and Victorian homes. Soon there will be Log homes with many more new styles in the distant future. The Bellisseria continent is expected to grow in the months ahead. Very exciting indeed for all those that staying up to date with the latest new developments. 

I’m super excited for the release.

The wait is almost over.