According to Tyche Shepherd via VirtualVerse on 23rd September 2018 the year to date for private estates net change is now positive with the addition of 45 regions (0.3% growth) since 31st December 2017. This means the total amount of main grid regions has regrown to the size it was back in April 2017. Yay! 🙂
This is very good news to hear positive growth for private estates in 2018 so far. I think the summer price reductions on land this year in Second Life has made a positive difference this year. The grid is slowly growing again and I hope this trend will continue.
Here are the latest Second Life region statistics as of 30th September 2018:
Main Grid Regions: 23, 785
Private Estates: 16, 146
Linden Owned: 7, 639
YTD Net Change for Private Estates: +40 (0.2% increase over the year)
– Adult rated regions: 5, 864 – (24.7% of the grid)
– General rated regions: 2, 909 – (12.2% of the grid)
Maximum Daily Concurrency: 50, 000
Minimum Daily Concurrency: 28, 000
Median Daily Concurrency: 42, 000
Second Life Signups
As of 30th September 2018 there have been 56, 326, 674 signups for Second Life to date.
Here are some of the updates that I found most interesting in simple terms during the recent town hall event with Ebbe Altberg the CEO of Linden Lab on Thursday 13th September 2018.
To see the whole video of the Town Hall session, see my previous blog post. It’s definitely worth watching. I hope there will be many more Town Hall sessions in the future with more announcements.
1. Return of Last Names
Linden Lab set a goal to return last names in Second Life in 2018. It’s now probably going to be returning either at the end of 2018 or sometime in 2019. There is no date when it will be deployed but the team are on it.
It’s apparently very close to release and the Environment Enhancement Project is close to public testing very soon.
Bakes on Mesh is still progressing and should appear before the end of the year
3. Second Life In The Cloud
Moving Second Life to a cloud infrastructure will not be completed until 2019 as it’s a long-term project. There may be more water spaces to connect between existing continents (TBC).
4. Linden Homes
The land team are working hard on things at the moment and it’s being determined if the new land will be deployed in stages or all at once. More details will be revealed before the end of 2018.
5. Tier Rates
Currently there will no plans to further change the tier rates in Second Life. The lab is still absorbing the data from the June 2018 private region restructure. The reducing of the price of land has definitely helped and the overall responses have been positive.
6. New Premium Subscription Options
There may a project that can start to be rolled out before the end of 2018. The main goals is to offer greater value to users and motivate more users to sign up to Premium levels.
7. Linux Viewer
There is a project that will try to produce a 64-bit .DEB version of the Linux viewer. This is not a priority for the viewer development stage at this time.
The lab finds this a difficult issue and Linux represents a small percentage of Second Life users.
8. Second Life Economic Metrics
Apparently some metrics have been restored but not all metrics will restored. Not all of the economic data is suitable for public consumption as the lab is a business in competition with others.
9. Apple Metal Framwork (OpenGL Support)
The lab are in discussions over what steps to take next. As it stands there no plans to drop mac support as a result of Apple’s decision.
10. Re-Introducing 24 Hours Support For Non-US users
There are no plans to bring it back on the basis of the cost, covering time zones and languages etc.
Other updates worth mentioning
New games and experiences are coming very soon
Marketplace improvements are starting to show up and more on the way soon
The new land auctions process has been deployed and the Mainland land auctions are still yet to come
Grid-wide experiences may not be deployed before the end of 2018
The lab have done a number of tests for the new themed learning islands
I would love to know what you found most interesting during the town hall event ?.
For the past two weeks net private regions have increased by 69 since the new pricing structure for private regions came into an effect. This is very good news and shows there is still interest in buying private regions in Second Life at the moment.
It’s too early to tell if this growth trend will continue or not in the weeks ahead. I would say we’ll need another month or so to see if this new pricing restructuring has worked successfully. Then we can start celebrating. 🙂
It’s worth mentioning that when the grid grows it really does help slow the overall rate of private regions losses on the grid.
Tyche Shepherd mentions the net private regions growth in the latest grid report, see below.
We are now two weeks into the new pricing regime for Private Estates and this is now the 2nd week of positive growth of the grid
Net Growth stands at 35 regions this week (last week was 34) All this week’s net growth was among private Estates .
Overall , taking into account last weeks closure of the 24 Temporary SL15B regions , Net Change in Private Estates since the new prices stands at 94 New or Returned Regions I’ve no record of Region type at the moment, and therefore no estimate of overall change in revenue for the Lab, but the initial change in demand doesn’t seem enough to increase overall revenue at this stage.
Total number of Main Grid regions is now 23290 ( 16054 private estates & 7236 Linden owned) 112 new regions were added and 8 returned to the grid, with 18 regions removed (6 were renamed and 1 came and went since last report)
Adult rated regions were up in number by 15 to 5801 (24.9% of the grid), General rated increased by 8 to 2868 (12.3%)
Because of the recent net growth YTD private estate net losses now are down to 52 (A 0.3% loss)
It would be great to see more net growth in private regions in the weeks and months ahead. The grid needs to grow again as it’s been on the decline for many years.
It’s definitely been the best source for updated Second Life statistics and much more. It’s been interesting to see weekly reports on new sims being added, sim renames, breakdown of server class and sims that have left the grid,
Congratulations Tyche all the hard work you’ve done over the years to keep the Second Life community updated on the grid numbers.
Here are the latest grid numbers as of 1st July 2018:
A large number of ACS RFL regions coming online helped keep net losses in regions to 3 Tomorrow the new land prices take effect so we’ll see if there is any significant uptake next week
Total number of Main Grid regions is now 23220 ( 15985 private estates & 7235 Linden owned) 103 new regions were added and 10 returned to the grid, with 117 regions removed (54 were renamed and 1 came and went since last report)
Adult rated regions were up by 13 to 5728 (24.7% of the grid) while General rated increased by 7 to 2893 (12.5%)