SL region loss from 2008 to now via Metaverse Business
"Effective immediately, all new Private Island set-up fees are up to 40% cheaper... Here are the new, reduced set-up fees:
- Full Private Island - previously $1000, now $600
- Developed Full Private Island - previously $1029, now $629
- Homestead Private Island - previously $375, now $225
- Developed Homestead Private Island - previously $395, now $250
- Openspace Private Island - previously $250, now $150"
They're also allowing transfer of Grandfathered Full Private Island regions ($195/month) and Grandfathered Homestead Private Island regions ($95/month) to new owners without losing the discounted pricing. Taken together, the two moves seem pretty clearly aimed at stopping the loss of private Second Life sims, which have fallen below 2008 rates and continue sliding downward. (See above.) However, the lack of monthly sim maintenance fees have not changed, so I doubt this move is aimed at encouraging new landowners:
Rather, the setup fees are likely to appeal to existing land owners/land barons who already have an audience and customer base, and are fairly confident they can earn revenue from new sims. I'm skeptical Linden Lab will find many of them willing to try that, but maybe I'm wrong -- will check back in a few months.
Considered next to Project Sansar's upcoming launch, the moves seem to say a single thing: Keep Second Life revenue coming in at a steady trickle so we can still launch Sansar and keep it going for a few years. And if so, who can blame them?
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