The amount of private estates in Second Life has been getting smaller and smaller for a long time, not a pretty sight.

But according to Tyche Sheperd, who keeps track of all these things, the amount has actually risen week on week for the first time since March 2013.

I wonder if this has something to do with the new wave of optimism that is flooding since the new CEO Ebbe Altberg has taken over and managed to make a rather good first impression.

On the 24th Tyche announced that the grid grew by 14 regions.

I quote from the SLUniverse forums;

The grid actually grew this week by 14 regions , Private Estates had net growth of 15 while Linden Owned dropped by 1

Total number of Main Grid regions is now 26145 ( 19163 private estates & 6982 Linden owned)
60 new regions were added and 17 returned to the grid, with 63 regions removed (20 were renamed and 0 came and went since last report)

A modest growth this week , the first time the Grid has grown week on week since 31st March 2013 . The growth was distributed across a range of estates – no particular estate exhibiting a significant change in size due to new regions.

Adult rated regions were also up this week by 29 to 4526 (17.3% of the grid) while General rate also grew by 9 to 3540 (13.5%)

Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:

Estate – Adult: 4180
Estate – General: 1916
Estate – Moderate: 13052
Estate – Offline: 15
Linden – Adult: 346
Linden – General: 1624
Linden – Moderate: 5012

Interesting stuff!

The Ebbe Effect?

We’ll have to wait and see if the growth continues.