Fantasy Sub Continent – Developments Update – January 2022


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Earlier this month I blogged about the newest 12 SSPE regions that have been added in the north east corner of the Fantasy sub continent. Today the Moles are still working on these regions adding more Fantasy Linden Homes, new roadways, new rez zones and new interesting areas to explore. These regions should be finished by the end of February 2022.

I have noticed this week that there are more red squares in multiple regions across the Fantasy sub continent meaning things could be delayed for some time until the issues have been addressed. This is the same with the Chalet sub continent in the far north east where there are loads of red squares.

Now – Fantasy sub continent map as of Friday 28th January 2022

Before – Fantasy sub continent map as of Tuesday 11th January 2022

Start of 2022 on 5th January 2022 where the new SSPE regions arrived to complete the continent

Good progress is being made overall and I think at some point in February most if not all of the Fantasy sub continent hopefully will be finished. I will blog about further developments later next month.

SSP Development Area – January 2022 Update

As of Friday 28th January 2022 there are now 17 red SSP regions compared with six red SSP regions on 15th December 2021. The red theme is highly likely the Modern Linden theme which was announced in early December 2021 at the SL Christmas Expo.

Now – 28th January 2022

Before – 15th December 2021

More updates will be posted on my blog in February 2022.

Andrew (Leviathan) Linden Returns


Andrew Linden under Leviathan Linden has returned to Second Life this week. Leviathan appeared at this week’s Simulator User Group Meeting on Tuesday 25th January (skip to 12:59 above). Leviathan was positively welcomed back and there was a good sense of excitement. Yay.

Leviathan Linden will now be working on simulator stuff, fixing bugs and implementing small features. Leviathan wanted to pick this name years ago but decided to pick this new name as it was a good pick for a new beginning.

Andrew Linden departed Linden Lab at the end of 2013 (on 19th December 2013) to join High Fidelity Inc which was actually his new venture back then. Andrew hosted Server and Scripting office hours with Simon Linden where he was more active in Second Life pre-2013.

It’s worth attending the weekly simulator user group meetings to stay updated on all of latest developments.

Welcome back 🙂

Linden Lab sending out invitations to complete a survey and give feedback


On 24th January Linden Lab posted a blog post on wanting feedback from the Second Life community to make “Second Life a more pleasant experience for all”. The lab (under research@secondlife.com) will be emailing thousands of residents in the days ahead with an invitation to complete a survey and give feedback. The Flickr team are conducting it’s own independent research on the Second Life community.

I hope that the lab will review the feedback and will seriously consider the top popular suggestions/new features. Maybe a blog post later in the year mentioning what came out on top from the research would be nice to see.

The upcoming Lab Gab special with Philip Rosedale and Brad Oberwager will be announced in the next week or so. Expect some kind of announcement soon. Hundreds of questions have been submitted for Lab Gab and I’m sure it’s going to be a popular episode to find out what’s coming next.

The blog post reads this….

As 2022 begins, we are looking to set new goals and make Second Life Residents happier! 

Later today and in the following weeks, research@secondlife.com will be emailing thousands of Residents with an invitation to complete a survey and give feedback. Please keep an eye out for it, and feel free to share your thoughts on how to make Second Life a more pleasant experience for all. We’ve also been conducting qualitative research with a smaller group over the past few weeks. If you participated in that research, you are still eligible to take part in this survey.

Also, for Residents active on Flickr, the Flickr team is conducting its own independent research on the Second Life community. Flickr has sent some of its own users an email in the last few days asking for feedback and suggestions to make their website a more seamless and engaging experience for the Second Life community. The email also mentions 360 Snapshots and Flickr’s new efforts to help connect Second Life Residents on their platform. If you received this email, please consider participating! And if you haven’t already, make sure to follow our official Second Life account on Flickr and join our official Second Life Flickr Group

So check those spam folders and don’t hit the delete button. We hope you take this opportunity to have your voice be heard!

In other news, we are really excited to see the response from the community on Philip Rosedale’s return. We’ve received hundreds of questions from all of you and are including many of them in the forthcoming “Lab Gab.” We should be announcing the streaming date for “Lab Gab” with both Philip and Oberwolf in the next week or two. Keep an eye on the Second Life Public Calendar for the date!

Keep your eyes open for the survey coming to your inboxes soon. This is a good opportunity to have your voices heard.

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.

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

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