Interesting analogy from Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg just published on Vice:
Altberg has no plans to shut down Second Life unless it ceases to be profitable; for now, Sansar remains something else. He acknowledges that some users have been worried about a shutdown for months now, but adds that just as many are "banging on the door" to see the final form of virtual reality Linden's technically been chasing all along. "Some of them may probably stick around in Second Life for a long time because that's their home," he said, "just like not everybody moves from their town to the city, just because a city grows up somewhere else. "
I mean I guess that's possible, but seeing as Sansar seems to be optimized for Oculus Rift and HTC-Vive, and there likely won't even be 800,000 owners of those devices at the end of this year, I'd say it's more plausible Sansar will be the small town for at least the next 2-3 years. Especially compared to Second Life, which with 600,000 or so active users gives it roughly the population of Seattle.
(And Seattle's is only a mid-sized city by US standards, tiny next to Shanghai and so on globally.)
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