Second Life Statistics Update – June 2019


  June 2019 Update

4th June
The new Bellisseria continent & the new houseboats area – 4th June 2019

We are now six months into 2019 and it’s time to look at the Second Life grid statistics since the start of the year. So far it’s been a rather positive year for region growth for Private Estates and Linden Owned regions.

I think most of the region growth has come from Linden Owned regions as the new Bellisseria continent opened back in mid April. Hundred’s of more regions are expected to join the Bellisseria continent later this year. The original SSP regions are likely to be moved over to fill up the empty space down south.

It’s unknown what will happen to the original SSP continent after the new Bellisseria continent has been fully completed. They could still remain as a working ground or they could be removed fully which would mean a big drop in regions. Likewise with the old Linden home continents which is estimated to shut down sometime in 2020.

Main Grid Size 

Linden Owned and Private Estates are showing positive growth now..

As of 2nd June 2019

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Linden Owned: 8, 017
  • Private Estates: 16, 130

30th December 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 811
  • Linden Owned: 7, 691
  • Private Estates: 16, 120

Since the end of 2016 there has been a sharp increase in Linden Owned regions. Private Estates did decline in 2017 but since then have been showing positive growth again.

18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240
  • Private Estates: 16, 058

31st December 2017

  • Total Main Grid regions: 23, 332
  • Total Linden Owned: 7, 226
  • Total Private Estates: 16, 106

3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111
  • Private Estates: 17, 775

Reduced Land Costs 

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The lab have reduced land prices during the first half of 2019 which has helped to grow the grid and interest has been on the increase I think especially for the new Linden Homes/Houseboats. As of this week full region prices have been reduced by as much as $20/month and I’m sure now there will be many more Private Estates in the weeks ahead.

The lab reduced prices last year…

This round of pricing changes continues our commitment to improving the overall health of the Second Life economy, which had historically overly relied on payments for land. This change follows last year’s 15% Private Estates price drop and 10% Mainland price reduction and doubling of land allotment for Premium Members.  Excitingly, this is the first time we’re also lowering prices on grandfathered and buydown regions!

The first Premium price increase in over a decade will come into an effect as of 24th June.

Second Life Concurrency

The Second Life concurrency seems to be averaging between 27, 000 (min) to 46, 000 (max) at the moment. The average seems to between 36, 000 – 38, 000 mark at the moment.

The SL Online Now website tracks logged in users in real time by day, week, month and year. It’s a really good useful page to see how many users are in Second Life at any given time with historical graphs. 

The Second Life Grid Survey has tracked the daily concurrency since 5th December 2009 and as you can see the maximum daily concurrency has declined with a small peak happening now and then every year.

Total Population

Total residents that have signed up to Second Life now stands at 59, 257, 840.

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Ebbe Altberg talks about the future of Second Life and Sansar


Check out the latest new interview with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab talking about the future of Second Life and Sansar. Wagner James Au interviewed Ebbe Altberg for 45 minutes at Linden Lab HQ in San Francisco in March 2019.

They chatted about efforts to grow new user growth, land discounts, the upcoming mobile companion app, cloud deployment, improving performance and much more relating to Second Life. With Sansar they chatted about the low usage numbers since the beta launch, Sansar’s long download times and efforts to optimize Sansar.

It’s incredible to think Ebbe Altberg has now been with Linden Lab for over five years and he has achieved a great amount over the years from reducing land costs, the roll out of Mesh, Bento, Animesh, improved the communications with the community, improved the experience for premium members and much more.

Some highlights that I found most interesting,,,

  • The new IOS mobile companion app is being worked on. It’s going to be focused on being connected with friends, chat, shopping, customer service and more. The lab are not considering it to be a viewer in the short term.
  • New pricing options/discounts are coming soon (within next few months)
  • Lot’s of new features (EEP) for Second Life (within weeks)
  • Second Life is targeted to move completely to the Amazon cloud within the next 12 months (early – mid 2020)
  • The premium subscriber base is growing
  • The lab are focused on continuing revenue & user growth for Second Life.
  • The lab are now interested in growing the concurrency levels and retention rates
  • There are no plans to force migrate Second Life users to Sansar
  • There are more people working on Second Life (130+) than Sansar (70+)
  • There is work to continue to reduce Sansar long download times
  • Sansar is still in beta and still in pre-launch mode
  • The lab are shipping big updates every month

For more specific highlights from this interview see here.

Second Life Statistics Update – October 2018


Private Estates Positive Growth Update

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.

Region Breakdown

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)

Daily Concurrency

  • 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.

Top 10 Interesting Updates From The Recent Town Hall Event


Ebbe Altberg Town Hall Meeting
Ebbe Altberg At Town Hall Meeting
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.

2. Animesh

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 ?.

Feel free to comment below.