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.
On Wednesday 14th September Linden Lab announced that CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc. This new acquisition will “ensure ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities”.
This is interesting news and it makes me wonder how many more new acquisitions the lab will make in the years to come. From what I am hearing is that there are mixed responses already to this news and it’s raising concerns already across the grid. The lab says this acquisition will be a positive change for Second Life residents and CasperTech customers moving forward.
“CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services”.
“You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.”
There is active discussion going on in this forum thread on the Second Life Forums. Check out the Lab Gab episode (full video above) for more details about the acquisition featuring Patch Linden and Casper Warden.
Here is the full blog post…
Greetings Second Lifers!
Today is a really big day for all of us together and we are excited to share that the Second Life portion of CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc.
CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services.
This acquisition will ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities to vastly improve the experience for our users as our next step in the CasperTech and Second Life journey.
You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.
We wouldn’t have gone forward with this move if we weren’t absolutely confident that it will be a positive change for all Residents and CasperTech customers.
We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are, and we thank you for your continued support as we all step boldly into the future together!
We have started a forum discussion here for anyone interested in participating with questions. You can also watch Casper and I on a special pre-recorded Lab Gab today at 10:30am SLT!
What do you think of this acquisition announcement from the lab ?
I reported back in July 2022 on my blog that the Second Life grid been growing steadily since the start of 2022 and that at least 300 new regions were added this year. It seems the positive 2022 growth for Second Life has briefly ended by this week’s grid numbers. Hopefully this will be just a blip moment and the rebound growth will come back again soon.
Since the end of July 2022 it appears the Main Grid has lost roughly 200 regions and if another 100+ regions go offline before the end of September 2022 then the grid will end up being what it was at the start of 2022 roughly. The loss came mainly from Private Estates it appears and from the loss of SSP development regions in early August 2022.
Second Life Main Grid size as of 11 Sep 2022
Total Area (km�)
Second Life Grid Survey Data
There is no need to panic yet unless the it goes under the 27, 000 mark for the total number of main grid regions in Second Life or it goes under the 18, 000 mark for Private Estates. Even then Second Life continues as normal and remains pretty healthy in the economy.
Inflation is a big worry going forward over the next 3-6 months+ and I hope this is not the start of a huge decline for Second Life again after positive net growth in recent years or so. Challenging times ahead maybe.
Region Stats From 2020, 2021 and 2022
Here are the region statistics as of 24th July 2022…
Total: 27, 575
Private Estates: 18, 326
Linden Owned: 9, 249
Here are the region statistics from 2nd January 2022…
Total: 27, 231
Private Estates: 18, 332
Linden Owned: 8, 909
Here are the region statistics from 3rd January 2021…
Total: 25, 555
Private Estates: 17, 024
Linden Owned: 8, 531
Here are the region statistics from 20th January 2020
For the past few months the Moles have been working hard over at the new houseboats extension north of the Newbrooke sub continent just west of the Satori continent in Second Life. Hundreds of new houseboats are have already been placed there and more are on the way on the north/east side areas soon.
The new formed water channel from the south (SSPSloop John B) to the north (SSPTiedown Inlet) looks good which actually flows into the new connection regions SSPSteady On and SSPDeep Anchor linking it to the Satori continent. Many have used the new airstrip (two new runways) in the SSPShell Yeah region flying all over the Bellisseria continent. It’s unclear what will fill the huge blue void will be used for in the far south.
New batch of 15 SSP regions arrived on the east coast of the log homes continent earlier in September 2022 starting with the SSPOrillas Nuevas region highlighted in yellow. More Stilt Linden homes have been added in these regions.
Good progress is still being made and more new development is in the works until the end of 2022. Yay! 🙂
The Second Life daily user concurrency has dropped slightly since May 2022 it appears. At the start of 2022 the maximum for online users was averaging around the 55, 000 mark and during the past month or so it’s been averaging around the 51, 000 mark.
I don’t think we will see the daily user Second Life concurrency reaching 60, 000 this year unless something big happens. I think the maximum peak levels could average between 54, 000 to 57, 000 in the winter months.
August 2022 Update
Maximum (average): 49, 000 – 51, 000
Average (average): 38, 000 – 40, 000
Minimum (average): 27, 000 – 32, 000
It’s nothing much to worry about at the moment as this is the 2022 summer period where the yearly average drops abit until the winter months where the daily concurrency numbers normally start rising again.
I will be keeping a closer eye on the Second Life user concurrency levels during the last four months of 2022 and I will certainly blog again if any noticeable changes happen.
Past 60 Days
The past 60 days seem to be following the same trends between 27, 000 (min) to 51, 000 (max) for the daily user concurrency levels in Second Life.
I will publish my next Second Life Statistics blog post in October 2022. Stay turned for that.
On Monday 15th August 2022 the Bellisseria continent officially connected up with the Satori continent in Second Life. The water connection regions are “SSPSteady On” and “SSPDeep Anchor” which are open to the public now to travel between the continents. As you can imagine loads of people have been sailing and flying between the continents on their new travel adventures. Have fun everyone.
Recently a huge amount of SSP development regions went offline so it’s unclear if there will be many more Linden homes releases this year. So far in 2022 the Bellisseria continent has grown more than 200+ regions it’s estimated with new Linden homes, hangout areas, water areas and much more.
Two New Airstrips
There are two new merged airstrips in the SSPShell Yeah region worth exploring if you have some spare time. It’s worth mentioning that nearby regions are still being worked on by the moles and will be finished soon.
What direction will the Moles take the Bellisseria next ? Please feel free to share your views in the comments section below.
For most of 2022 there has not been really much activity going on over at the SSP development regions which is mainly used for the Moles to work on the next Linden Home theme (closed to the public). Almost all of the regions when clicked says invalid location so who knows what’s going on.
This week 98% (at least 60) of the SSP development regions are now showing now showing up as “offline” which is a huge development change I think. There is a small amount of SSP regions left in the area now and in nearby areas. It looks like the Moles may have a new plan for the future of SSP development regions.
It’s unclear what will happen to the SSP development area going forward and if they indeed go offline in the days ahead it would be a small decline in total regions for Second Life for this week.
For the rest of this week and next it’s worth checking these SSP regions to see if they remain on the grid or go offline.
Within the past 12 hours or so at least 12 new SSP regions have arrived just north of the Newbrooke sub continent. They are not showing up on the world map yet but they do show up on the Mini-Map if you expand it. The region names do appear if you put your mouse over it for a few seconds or so.
The region of interest is SSP Tiedown Inlet because it’s got a deep channel facing the Stromberg region (possible connection point soon) which is located west of the Satori continent. “Satori is linked to the North with Nautilus and to the North-East with Blake Sea”. I think the Belliseria continent linking up with the Satori continent is a good move in the right direction. Hopefully the connection region will come online in the days/weeks ahead.
You can expect to see active new development in these new SSP regions in the days and weeks ahead. More Linden homes are coming really soon and further expansion in terms of new land is expected before the end of 2022.
Stay tuned for development updates on my blog soon.
At the end of July 2022 the lab announced new Second Life Forum guidelines which is being talked about alot recently it seems. As many have already noticed the lab have added “some clarity to the sections” on the Second Life Forums to “enhance everyone’s participation”. It’s more structured now when you visit today with pinned sub sections along with the updated guidelines.
It appears many are finding these new forum guidelines very unpopular. During the last two years there has been a rise in concerning threads etc relating to non-related Second Life topics.
The lab wants to help the Second Life community understand what type of topics belong in each category of the forums.
Allowed: “We encourage you to participate by posting anything related to Second Life discussions that don’t quite fit in our other sub-forums. These are just guidelines, so please use your best judgment when posting if it is not explicitly stated here!“
Not Allowed: “In addition to adhering to the @Community Standards, please refrain from posting content discussing inflammatory content (Politics, Social Justice issues and Interpersonal disputes), Anything that doesn’t relate directly to Second Life/Linden Lab, Generic posts (like “Post a random animal picture!” versus an acceptable “Post your Second Life pets!”), etc. These are just guidelines, so please use your best judgment when posting if it is not explicitly stated here!“.
Keira Linden is open to feedback about the new guidelines announced recently and the best way is emailing her at keira-at-lindenlab.com.
Hopefully things will calm down now with the new guidelines in place on the forums.