by Pixeleen Mistral on 05/10/10 at 11:35 am
Discounted Second Life virtual land will be phased out for non-profit organizations and the education sector as of January 1, 2011 according to this announcement by Nelson Linden. Reaction was predictably negative from those whose budget cycles do easily accommodate costs doubling with three months notice – in other words, essentially all non-profits and education. Meanwhile, customers already paying full rates were promised no increases in land costs for calendar 2011.
Apparently Linden lab has written off the non-profit sector to concentrate on entertainment in Philip Linden’s walled garden of cyber delights. Look for Linden Lab’s move to accelerate the flight from Second Life to alternatives to such as OpenSim for those who remain committed to virtual environments in education, or hope for more control of their online experience and assets than the Lab is willing to provide.
inspiration for new pricing policies?