i follow the growth and decline of Second Life private sims for a few reasons. SL was where i was created, i once had plans for 52 sims as supplemental income (only reached 19), the health of SL has a direct impact on OpenSim (perhaps less so now that LL has clamped down on TPVs), and the bulk of Linden Lab’s annual revenue is from private sims (currently $4.1 million per month)
in the last year i have mainly looked at the average daily loss of private sims which is around 7.4 per day for 2013 (it was 8 per day for 2012). a year is a decent time frame for looking at the growth of a corporation, but how have private sims done since the media frenzy days of Second Life?
at its peak there were 26,605 private sims in 2008 and, as of yesterday, there are 20,505 private sims. a net loss of 6,100
if we assume a constant ratio of 54% full to 45% homesteads (this has changed over time though) that would mean that in november of 2008, LL was making $5.4 million a month versus today’s $4.1 million. a drop of $1.3 million a month (that’s like 6000 poutines a day!) o_O