Tyche Shepherd has posted some interesting grid numbers on Twitter for 2020 on Sunday 3rd January 2021. Apparently 2020 was a busy time for the Second Life grid as it grew from 24, 740 regions at the start of 2020 to 25, 555 regions as of today (+3.3%). The growth was mainly driven by private regions up from 16, 105 to 17, 024 (+5.7%) as of today. Linden owned regions declined from 8, 635 to 8, 531 as of today.
As you can see from the graphs on this blog post there were actually small positive rises of new private estates during the first quarter of 2020. Between April 2020 and May 2020 there was positive growth in private estates. During June 2020 and July 2020 there was a short lived decline happening until August 2020 where the grid showed positive growth steadily. In September 2020 and October 2020 private estates dropped. Since early November 2020 private estates have been showing positive grid growth again up to the last week of 2020 where a sudden decline occurred.
Since 27th December 2020 there has been a loss of 59 private regions in Second Life but hopefully things will improve during 2021. Linden Lab is currently unable to offer new regions again. This is not caused by falling demand or interest. Lets hope the lab can sort out the land store issue within the next few weeks.
The Land Store will be undergoing unscheduled maintenance. New Private Region sales have been temporarily placed on hold. We are sorry for the inconvenience!
Tyche Shepherd tweet update for 2020…
Second Life Main Grid Size – 27th December 2020 vs 3rd January 2021
Outlook for 2021
Hopefully the lab will sort out the land store issue and then normal service will resume in terms of new region sales before the end of January 2021. It would be great to see Private Estates and Linden Owned regions increase more during 2021 without too many bumps happening.
As of 15th November 2020 there are 25, 302 regions in total which includes 16, 785 private estate regions and 8, 517 Linden regions. The total size of Second Life in square kilometres is now 1658.19 (KM). The grid has been growing steadily since September 2020 with more private estates and Linden owned regions. The adult and moderate regions have increased over the past few weeks however general regions have dropped by a small amount.
In the past week 103 regions were added to the grid with 82 being new private estate regions and 21 Linden owned regions. This is great news that Second Life is growing again and these latest grid numbers is a positive sign. I think the recent announcement about private estates becoming available again has helped. Interest for new private estates has already started to go up again in demand.
The lab have recently added the new Stilt Linden home regions (over 190 regions) and more regions are expected to arrive in the weeks/months ahead. This will improve the Linden owned regions total counts going forward.
Since 29th December 2019 there has been an increase of 680 private estate regions (2020 = 562 regions) and a loss of 118 Linden owned regions in Second Life.
As of Monday 21st September 2020 these are the latest grid region numbers for the size of the Second Life main grid. For the past three weeks the grid has been steadily growing. In general terms Second Life is relatively stable for regions at the moment with the total being just over the 25, 000 regions mark.
Total: 25, 011
Private Estates: 16, 715
Linden Owned: 8, 296
Since 29th December 2019 there has been an increase of 610 private estate regions and a loss of 339 regions on the main grid. The grid has actually gained a total of 271 regions during 2020 so far.
The Second Life Grid Survey is still the best place to view the latest Second Life grid numbers. Tyche Shepherd has not shared her personal analysis of the grid numbers since May 2020 via the VirtualVerse Forums page. The weekly statistics were most interesting and I hope Tyche will resume posting soon.