Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg let out a couple fascinating facts about the Second Life economy during his SVVR talk yesterday (video below): Content creators cashed out over $60 million last year by selling their Linden Dollars for good old USD. That might not seem like a lot, but there's about 600,000 regular active users in Second Life, so applying the 80-20 rule, it's safe to estimate 120,000 SLers creating and selling SL content on some level, which comes out to an average of $500 per creator (on a very very rough guess). However, there's probably a lot less than that 120K creating content on a highly active, professional basis. And one of them, Altberg says, is doing extremely well:
"There's a woman in New Zealand who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars making hands and feets for avatars and feeds her family by doing that."
Yes, hands and feets. That's how valuable avatar enhancements can be. Notably, Linden Lab also once reported that a maker of Second Life avatar shoes makes close to $1 million a year
Ebbe's full talk after the break, starting at 39 minutes in:
By the way, the pictured foot above is probably not from the Kiwi hand and foot entrepreneur, since it was taken from a 2008 post. I recycled that partly because it's easy to pull archive photos, but far more key, if I posted a newer, more recognizable foot, people might assume its creator is the toe tycoon in question. And if there's anything stranger than someone getting wealthy from avatar feet, it's avatars chasing around an avatar foot kingpin, begging for virtual handouts. (Which does sometimes happen to successful SLers.)
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