On June 23rd 2003 Second Life was launched officially by Linden Lab and today Second Life turns 15 years old. Second Life is still one of the best virtual worlds out there today and still going strong.
The party celebrations are still happening over at the SL15B regions with live music around the clock and great exhibitions to see. It’s one of the biggest events on the grid happening now 🙂
Ebbe Linden announced a new pricing announcement live at SL15B community celebrations today. A big surprise announcement!
The monthly maintenance fees on Private Estates are dropping by up to 15% and the one-time land set-up fees will be reducing as much as 41%. These new pricing changes come into effect from 2nd July 2018 which is now just a few weeks away.
These discounts are not available for grandfathered/bought down land prices.
Current vs New Pricing Changes
Linden Dollars Increasing
The cost to buy Linden Dollars will be increasing to US $1.49 per transaction (compared to the current rate of 99 cents per transaction). Linden Lab are trying to attempt to re-balance the revenue the company makes through the Second Life platform. This increase will help Linden Lab offset the revenues lost on land.
On Tuesday 19th June a brand new video was uploaded on the official Second Life YouTube channel featuring Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden) who is the CEO of Linden Lab celebrating 15 years of Second Life. The video runs for 2 minutes and 34 seconds.
Second Life the most successful virtual world ever
Ebbe is speaking in the video from Amsterdam which is great. Ebbe mentioned that 68 million US dollars was paid to creators in 2017. 5 million virtual goods listed in the marketplace. Linden Lab are moving massive amounts of infrastructure into the cloud.
At the end of the video there is a special surprise appearance from the founder of Second Life Philip Rosedale. Second Life 15 years later is still going strong and I agree Second Life is definitely the most successful virtual world out there today.