Ebbe Linden: Now let’s talk about the future. We continue to improve SL. We have a dedicated team. They will continue to work on performance and stability, fix bugs, make chat more reliable. This is an exciting time. A lot of investment in virtual reality (VR) There was almost no investment only a year ago. Now it is hard to keep track of all new VR products. Many companies are putting a lot of effort to bring virtual experiences to the next level. They are progressing faster in the last 6-9 months than in tens of years. More start ups every day ” something something VR”. There is more competition. We have to work hard to stay in the lead. We want our platform to be able to interface with this all.
SaveMe Oh: Is this again a Linden licking evening?
Ebbe Linden: I am so excited to be on this journey with you all. We will make it happen.
It is our job to make sure we are the best solution possible. We want you to use our products to do what you want to do. Future platform for virtual experiences… we do not have a name for this. We call it Next Generation Platform, not SL2.0. We want to learn from the past. We have 30+ engineers and others working on this product.
SaveMe Oh: Linden blah blah, what we want to do? You have some hours?
Ebbe Linden: We thought about why SL hit the ceiling. It peaked at 1.1 million monthly users. Why no higher? What can we do to solve the things that made it max out? We want to think differently about discovery. You have to be in SL to do that now. We want to make it easier to discover an experience from the outside to easily enter the experience without being aware of the notion of the platform. They can discover that later on accessibility- when you leave your PC you leave SL behind.
SaveMe Oh: After all these years we are still glued on chairs in a fake auditorium listening to a boss.
Ebbe Linden: We want to make it available on more platforms. It used to be just PC or Mac.
SaveMe Oh: What a sadness!
Ebbe Linden: Now there is mobile
Kaylee: SaveMe …. that’s what we love about this platform
Ebbe Linden: We want to support mobile from the beginning. The number of platforms is increasing. We want it to be possible to take advantage of all platforms
SaveMe Oh: You all love the licking.
Odysseus Giacosa: No one forces you to be here, SaveMe.
SaveMe Oh: I force myself to be here.
Odysseus Giacosa: Then do yourself and everyone a favor and stop forcing yourself to be here.
Ebbe Linden: Scalability- an event like this highlights the effort it takes to put on this meeting with a couple hundred people. It is creaking at the seams. We want the next platform to have this be a trivial exercise. We want to do events for 10s of thousands. How to get more into a region, in an event at the same time.
SaveMe Oh: After all these years we still can hardly typ due to chatlag. 30 guys working on that?
Ebbe Linden: How can we let creators reach a larger audience? make more money?
SaveMe Oh: Money, that must be the focus
Ebbe Linden: Now developers create one-off experiences that aren’t used all the time
Tender Skytower: SaveMe Oh, please refrain from the negative and disruptive comments. If you can not be constructive I will have to ask you to leave.
Ebbe Linden: We think about quality- ease of use, quality of physics and lighting, smoothness, naturalness of avatars. How can we make it easier to shop and get dressed? With higher visual fidelity at the same time. Monetization, the way we monetize, our business model is strange. We charge for land, but almost nothing for transactions. If we lower property taxes, we will need to increase sales taxes. Can we lower cost of running SL? Can we lower barrier to create content? Make less money per user, but have more users. At the beginning, the platform will be revealed to alpha users this summer who know Maya.
Carl Metropolitan: Maya is VERY expensive.
Ebbe Linden: It takes a lot of effort to make the creation tools, so we focus on run time aspects, and add in inworld creation tools over time.
Pixels Sideways: Blender!!!! open source
Ebbe Linden: We will ultimately support may 3D creation tools
Carl Metropolitan: Blender is what most people can afford.
Garvie Garzo: Maya lite is about 50 bucks a month now
Serene Jewell: Maya is a strange choice why not Blender?
Pathfinder Lester: Blender is free and open source. You should try that.
Ebbe Linden: After summer we will invite more people as it gets easier to use
Pixels Sideways: Blender is free
Tender Skytower: I have ejected you for getting in the way of the presentation and making yourself the center of attention.
Ebbe Linden: Next platform will start with small alpha group this summer. Not good to have a million users on day one. We will look at how to manage scaling up. One type of creators who will come in later will be the fashion industry. Making clothing and accessories won’t come into play until next year. They will have to wait longer.
Pixels Sideways: Why should we continue to invest in second life content if none or most of it will not xfer over to the new platform?
SaveMe Oh: We will do everything ourselves, we are so much more in front than those Linden noobs.
Ebbe Linden: We want land to be cheaper, and we don’t want a model where content disappears
SaveMe Oh: When we have to wait for them we better suicide today.
Ebbe Linden: The cost of land will come down, but sales tax will go up
SaveMe Oh: Only talks about costs, money blah blah. The Linden should ask us, the creative people, for advise.
Ebbe Linden: Our goal is for users to maintain their identity moving to the new platform. You will be recognizable.
SaveMe Oh: Ofcourse we will be recognizable, its the Linden who are not to recognise. A Linden = another suit speaking.
Cube Republic: What’s your favorite place in Second Life Ebbe?
SaveMe Oh: His virtual bed might be his favourite spot
Ebbe Linden: My own private island I enjoy
Tender Skytower: You have been removed from the conference for the next 2 hours for being rude or a presenter. I will allow you to return at that time. If you continue your behavior you will be removed for the remainder of the conference.
You are no longer allowed here and have been ejected.