On 3rd January 2016 Tyche Shepherd posted up the final report for 2015 for the latest region counts for Second Life. It’s not good news really because the overall the Second Life grid apparently “shrunk by 746 regions (2.9% of total) but private estates were down by 825 (4.4% of private estates) a slightly larger loss than last years net loss of 696 regions”.
Grid Survey Data
2016 is going to be a challenging year I think for Second Life with the next generation platform launching in Q1 2016 and surely that will affect the grid numbers. It’s hard to tell if private estates will grow again or decline further this year ?. We will have to wait and see.
The highest recorded was 31,988 regions in Second Life back on 13th June 2010. Today it’s dropped down to 24, 886 regions.I hope someday there will be growth for the total amount of Main Grid regions otherwise by 2020 the grid will be a much smaller place like it being under 17, 000 regions if the trends continue.
Here are the stats between 2013 to 2016 at the start of the year for comparison. Now during 2016 I will be publishing regular updates on the latest region counts, so stay tuned for that.
On 6th January 2013
Total number of Main Grid regions: 28, 036
Private Estates: 20, 921
Linden Owned: 7, 115
During 2013 private estates in Second Life decreased by 1, 719 regions which is a net loss of 8.2%
On 5th January 2014
Total number of Main Grid regions: 26, 227
Private Estates: 19, 241
Linden Owned: 6, 986
During 2014 private estates in Second Life decreased by 673 regions which is a net loss of 3.5%
On 4th January 2015
Total number of Main Grid regions: 25, 611
Private Estates: 18, 579
Linden Owned: 7, 032
During 2015 private estates in Second Life decreased by 825 regions which is a net loss of 4.4%
As of 3rd January 2016
Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
Private Estates: 17, 775
Linden Owned: 7, 111
What are your predictions during 2016 for region counts in Second Life ?
With less than one week to go until the start of 2016, I think it’s a good time to look back at 2015 in terms of grid numbers and see what’s been happening. I have been keeping an eye on the trends and grid numbers during 2015.
For almost the whole year the numbers have been declining further into the red. The total amount of Main Grid regions and Private Estates have declined during 2015 which is not a surprise. Linden owned regions have increased this year.
2015 Comparison Grid Numbers
Back on 4th January 2015 the total amount of Main Grid regions was 25, 611 regions, with 18, 579 regions being private estates and 7, 032 regions being Linden owned.
As of27th December 2015 the total amount of Main Grid regions now stands at 24, 892, with 17, 781 regions being private estates and 7, 111 being Linden owned.
Private Estates net losses for 2015 so far > 819 > (4.4% down over the year)
On 8th November 2015 Second Life regions dropped under the 25, 000 regions mark for the first time since June 2008. Most have been saying this year that region/tier costs have been still high for Private Estates and perhaps they are right saying that, lowering the tier cost may help and then regions will be on the increase again.
OpenSim new records set
Popularity has increased during 2015 for OpenSim with so many new records being set in terms of region counts and active users. Hypergrid interest has been increasing a lot during 2015 and popularity will increase next year for sure.
2016 is going to be a challenging year for Second Life regions with the launch of Project Sansar in the first quarter of 2016. OpenSim regions have been on the increase throughout 2015 and it will be interesting to see if the interest trends will continue next year.
I do hope someday I can share some positive statistics for grid numbers for Second Life because that would be great news.
I’ll be keeping a closer eye on the grid numbers during 2016 to see what impact Project Sansar will have. I will be posting regular statistic blog posts during the course of 2016, stay tuned for that. :)
On Wednesday 23rd December Linden Lab published a blog post called Second Life 2015 Mix – A Greatest Hits Compilation highlighting various improvements made to Second Life this year along with inworld events that have happened this year. It’s worth checking the blog post for the full review during the past 12 months.
See below for brief highlights from the blog post.
It’s been a very exciting year for Second Life with great events inworld and really good improvements launched by the lab. It’s been a positive year for sure and I’m sure there will be many more Second Life improvements in 2016. Yay! :)
Tech & Feature improvements – Valhalla (CEF) viewer was released, Viewer Managed Marketplace was launched, magic boxes was launched, Mesh Importer was improved and the Notifications UI was updated. A new control was added to Hover Height.
Better Looking Starter Avatars – New classic avatars were launched along with better looking starter options for new residents joining Second Life.
New Premium Perks – Experience tools introduced, monthly membership was reduced along with a stop to charges to VAT. Group and IM limits were increased. Concierge hours were extended this year.
Lower Land Set-Up Fees & Grandfathered Transfers – Setup fees were lowered for land owners and Grandfathered transfers are now allowed.
Inworld Events & Community Fun – Second Life 12th birthday, first session of Lab Chat aired, Snowball Fights, Creepy Crawl, first Music Fest by Linden Lab happened this year along with the launch of PaleoQuest.
New Marketplace Search will launch in 2016 (currently in beta)
HTTP project (merging with Voice fixes) coming in 2016
Upcoming Quick Graphics & Rendering Complexity Viewer will launch in 2016
Update to the Oculus Rift Viewer coming in 2016
What developments or events have you enjoyed the most during 2015 in Second Life ? Are you excited for whats to come in 2016 ?