Good news to start 2023 of with is that Second Life has been positively been growing since 2021. During the past few years Private Estates have increased by at least one thousand regions and Linden Owned regions have increased by at least 500 regions.
Hopefully region growth will continue though 2023 and I will be blogging any major changes during the yeah ahead. Stay tuned for those updates in (March, June, September and December 2023) on my blog.
Below are the region counts from 2021, 2022 and now 2023. More growth in 2022 it appears and hopefully there will be growth in 2023/2024. It’s not known if 2023 will any easier than 2022 was with the cost of living going up globally (risk of another recession). We will have to wait and see what happens.
3rd January 2021: 25, 555
2nd January 2022: 27, 231
1st January 2023: 27, 659 – (1812.66 KM)
3rd January 2021: 17, 024
2nd January 2022: 18, 332
1st January 2023: 18, 370
3rd January 2021: 8, 531
2nd January 2022: 8, 909
1st January 2023: 9, 289
All data supplie via the Second Life grid survey.
New Grid Statistics 2023
Second Life Main Grid size as of 1 Jan 2023
Total Area (km�)
I will be blogging about Second Life user concurrency levels from 2022 shortly.
On 1st December Linden Lab officially announced another batch of new Last Names which are winter themed and are available for a limited time. As mentioned in the blog post these new winter themed last names may return next year for the 2023 winter season. I think these new winter themed last names suit the winter season very well and it comes on time with Christmas just weeks away now.
New Last Names:
Below is a full list of current last names that are available:
On 17th November Linden Lab announced a new Second Life membership plan named “Plus” for $5.99/month (annual billing $65.99 USD per year). There are benefits to the new “Plus” membership over the free Basic membership including more increased groups of 50, weekly L$ stipend of L$150, ability to own mainland with 512m of land allowance and a wider selection of technical ticket types via customer support for non-account/billing issues.
European residents will no longer need to pay VAT charges on any of the membership plans which is good news. The lab have now reduced the price of owning land in Second Life which will help many residents during these tough RL times. The feedback since the announcement has been mixed again with many saying they like the new option and some saying it’s confusing.
Here are the benefits of all of the membership plans below. There are more benefits with the Premium and Premium Plus options (see below).
Here is the new land pricing table below.
What do you think about the reduced land pricing and new Plus membership option ?
On Wednesday 16th November Linden Lab announced news about the Second Life Weekly Newsletter for the latest Second Life breaking news, events, videos and exclusive virtual experiences delivered directly to your email inbox. It takes only a few seconds or so to subscribe. Once signed up you will see the “Success! You’ve been added to the audience” message.
It’s a good way to keep informed on what’s going on from the lab. There are many Second Life bloggers that cover the news and I have listed some in my blogroll on the right hand side.
Here is the full blog announcement about the weekly email newsletters.
For a while now we’ve been sending a weekly email to a small group of our most active Residents and the clicks show that many of you enjoy receiving these exclusive updates directly in your inbox. If you have not been receiving these weekly emails from us, now is your chance to sign up for them! You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any email.
Our newsletters usually include some of our latest videos of the week along with links to different events or destinations and an image from one of our Residents that is selected as the Fresh Look of the week!
For a chance to be featured in Fresh Looks, submit your image to the Official Second Life Flickr Group! Did you know we just hit ONE MILLION IMAGES AND VIDEOS in the group? All submitted by our wonderfully creative Residents!
The SL Christmas Expo regions have arrived on the grid and now work is underway to get them ready for the big grand opening next week. The SL Christmas Expo is spread across 12 regions (Chapters – different holiday story) featuring more than 150 shops and more.
There will be live entertainment, live performances, special hunts, decoration competitions, photos with Santa and much more. The return of Linden Lights of Hope region showcasing Linden Homes from Linden Lab. There could new details announced about the next Linden Home theme during the expo.
Please spread the word about next week’s SL Christmas Expo 2022.
On Tuesday 25th October LInden Lab officially announced some new updates to the Second Life Terms and Conditions via the Second Life official blog.
Its worth reading through the terms and conditions page if your not familiar with it and feel free share it with others.
Whats New ?
“We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX”.
“We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC”.
The next update will take place on 31st October 2022. If you decline the changes then you have to close your Second Life account down.
Here is the full blog post with the new changes below.
From time to time, we make changes to Second Life’s Terms and Conditions in order to improve the documents, update and/or clarify policies, and keep the Terms current – all of which assist in governing your relationship with Linden Lab. Our next update will take place automatically on October 31, 2022.
Here’s what’s new in this update:
We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX.
We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC.
By continuing to use our services after the changes take effect, you agree to be bound by those changes. No further action is needed from you to accept such changes. However, if you would prefer to decline them, then you will need to close your Second Life account prior to October 31, 2022.
On Friday 21st October 2022 there was a special live episode of Lab Gab featuring Patch Linden and Grumpity Linden. There was a lot of topics mentioned during the live session and some announcements too.
I think probably the biggest thing to take away is the Premium Plus will be able to hold a Homestead regions ($109 a month tier for a Homestead) without having the need to pay for a Full region. Premium Plus subscribers in Europe will soon see the removal of VAT from all subscription options (TBC).
There was a update on Linden Homes including the first premium plus selection of Linden Homes will be the Ranch theme – launching end of 2022 / early 2023 release (more themes are coming soon). There are new plans to get new floor plans for existing Linden Home designs before the end of 2022.
The lab are working on mobile plans and apparently there might be some teasing of this option in early 2023. Speedlight is still a third party viewer and is not part of the lab’s mobile development. The avatar expressiveness project is still in the early phases of development (more in 2023). The lab will be rolling out some big improvements to a first-time avatar customisation process soon. New starter mesh avatars may be released in the next few months or so.
There was more projects and updates mentioned. If you missed the live episode you can catch up below in two parts.
Linden Lab made an official announcement on Tuesday 18th October about Tilia managing to secure a new strategic investment from J.P Morgan Payments to help “further enhance Tilia’s current capabilities throughout its processing platform including providing increased payment and payout methods, expanding pay-out currencies and support services”
“Virtual economies represent a huge financial opportunity particularly for game, app and virtual world developers,” said Brad Oberwager, Executive Chairman of Tilia LLC.“
See below for the full blog announcement on the via the official Second Life blog.
We’re excited to share with the Second Life community some news about Tilia LLC, the all-in-one payments platform that powers the metaverse. Tilia was originally built and continues to support the Second Life economy.Tilia today announced that it has secured a new strategic investment from J.P. Morgan Payments. In addition to the investment, Tilia is also working with J.P. Morgan Payments to further enhance Tilia’s current capabilities throughout its processing platform including providing increased payment and payout methods, expanding pay-out currencies and support services.
Linden Lab are working on new Premium levels after the successful take-up of Premium Plus. The lab are looking to deploy the first of Premium levels by the end of 2022.
The news came from this week’s web user meeting for reference. Watch the whole meeting here including other Second Life project updates too.
The lab will be making a formal announcement about the new Premium levels (side versions) and what’s included by early November 2022 at the earliest depending on progress of course. In 2023 there could be multiple subscription levels and options to pick from.
Generally speaking more news about Premium levels should be announced by the start of November 2022 (it could be pushed back).
Keep a look out on the Second Life blog and via inworld user group meetings.