September 8, 2005 3:25 PM PDT

'Second Life' membership now free

Related Stories

'Second Life' for teens: 3D fun sans the brothels

August 8, 2005

Real cash for virtual goods

February 8, 2005
Linden Lab, maker of the popular virtual world "Second Life," is making membership to its metaverse free.

The company said that because free membership will likely prompt a significant number of people to join Second Life, revenue from virtual land the new members buy will probably make up for the loss of subscription fees.

"We're going to make more because some of the people who wouldn't have otherwise signed up are going to buy land," Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale said this week.

Previously, Linden Lab charged a one-time $10 fee for membership.

Rosedale said the company hopes a lot of new members will buy Linden Dollars, the online game's in-world currency, which ultimately ends up in the hands of members who create vehicles, buildings, clothing and other virtual goods. Some of that money, in turn, would then be spent on land, further bolstering Linden Lab's bottom line.

"Second Life" is a completely open-ended virtual world in which members can create nearly anything they can imagine and have the 3D modeling skills to build. Anything they create in-world can be sold, often for significant amounts of money.

The company said there are more than $18 million worth of virtual "Second Life" goods sold each year.

Currently, Rosedale said, "Second Life" has 45,000 members and is growing at about 10 percent a month. There are now more than 16,000 acres of owned land in the virtual world, and new land sells for about $129. Users must pay a fee of about $25 a month to maintain their land. Thus, Linden Lab is earning about $400,000 a month without ever factoring in membership fees.

13 comments

Join the conversation!
Add your comment
Free with Credit Card
I abandoned enrollment once they required a credit card for "free" access.
Posted by pdxtech (15 comments )
Reply Link Flag
no way
me too
Posted by BillyMcBean (7 comments )
Link Flag
not exactly..
actually, while a free membership does require information of where you would pay from for an account, it doesn't have to be credit card information.

Second Life accepts PayPal and as such, requires the relative information for that avenue of payment.

this isn't to sneak in a charge along the way somewhere, Linden Lab garners this information for both account identification and to keep "at the ready" in case one decides to move into a Premium account and/or enter the land tier system and the purchasing of land.

feel free to come by and give it a try.
Posted by (2 comments )
Link Flag
...Paranoid, aren't you?
Read the EULA. It mentions that they have to warn you before adding any charges, so that's one down. Then, of course, you don't want to take five days just to buy or sell your L$ or pay on your huge plot of land, now do you?
Posted by TanonX (3 comments )
Link Flag
Free with Credit Card
I abandoned enrollment once they required a credit card for "free" access.
Posted by pdxtech (15 comments )
Reply Link Flag
no way
me too
Posted by BillyMcBean (7 comments )
Link Flag
not exactly..
actually, while a free membership does require information of where you would pay from for an account, it doesn't have to be credit card information.

Second Life accepts PayPal and as such, requires the relative information for that avenue of payment.

this isn't to sneak in a charge along the way somewhere, Linden Lab garners this information for both account identification and to keep "at the ready" in case one decides to move into a Premium account and/or enter the land tier system and the purchasing of land.

feel free to come by and give it a try.
Posted by (2 comments )
Link Flag
...Paranoid, aren't you?
Read the EULA. It mentions that they have to warn you before adding any charges, so that's one down. Then, of course, you don't want to take five days just to buy or sell your L$ or pay on your huge plot of land, now do you?
Posted by TanonX (3 comments )
Link Flag
Land Fees Not Accurate
"...new land sells for about $129. Users must pay a fee of about $25 a month to maintain their land." This is really leaving out a lot of information. You can spend anywhere from $9.95 to $195 per month. There are various tiers in between. And yes, if you buy the land from auction, it averages around $129. However, land speculators buy these large chunks and divide them up for sale at lower prices.
Posted by (2 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Land Fees Not Accurate
"...new land sells for about $129. Users must pay a fee of about $25 a month to maintain their land." This is really leaving out a lot of information. You can spend anywhere from $9.95 to $195 per month. There are various tiers in between. And yes, if you buy the land from auction, it averages around $129. However, land speculators buy these large chunks and divide them up for sale at lower prices.
Posted by (2 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Second Life
I don't agree with Second Life's policy on this card thingey and they tell you it's free !!
What SecondLife needs is a Land RUsh !!!
Posted by Jeoli (2 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Second Life
I don't agree with Second Life's policy on this card thingey and they tell you it's free !!
What SecondLife needs is a Land RUsh !!!
Posted by Jeoli (2 comments )
Reply Link Flag
I have been fooled by SECOND LIFE by believing their words that its free.When its free why the hell are they asking Credit card number.I simply wasted a day on Second life intallation and realisation of being dumped.
Posted by Abhishek336 (1 comment )
Reply Link Flag
 

Join the conversation

Add your comment

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Click here to review our Terms of Use.

What's Hot

Discussions

Shared

RSS Feeds

Add headlines from CNET News to your homepage or feedreader.