Linden Lab to Start SL Economic Data Releases
Just got off the phone with Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Lab (creators of Second Life, who tells me that LL will soon start regular releases of select economic data about its virtual world. The first such release is to come later today, in conjunction with the recent change to the SL economy that removes cash payments to popular locations. Among the figures LL is currently looking at:
Money supply is growing at a rate of something like 6 percent a month or perhaps a bit more.
Land mass is growing at around 10 percent a month. (There are currently 2,262 “sims” for a total of about 141 square km. of virtual real estate.)
Population growth, of course, is huge, with more than 185,000 members at the moment. Just a year ago, SL’s population was in the range of only 28,000.