Second Life developer Linden Lab today announced a strategic restructuring that will see it invest in new initiatives, including the development of a browser-based version and the use of social networks to extend the Second Life experience even further. At the same time, the company hopes to become more cost efficient, and to this end has chosen to prune its staff by 30%. Apparently, it has already shut down its UK and Singapore offices while reducing staff in San Francisco, Seattle and Mountain View. Linden also bid farewell to the entire enterprise division.
Although trustworthy subscription figures are still awaited, Second Life undoubtedly is the most populated virtual world. It was launched five years ago on June 23, 2003. Second Life’s developers have planned a fest to mark its 5th anniversary. The celebrations will be confined to the Second Life world only.
The extended birthday bash is scheduled to last for two weeks from June 23rd to July 7. Obviously, there will be self-laudatory speeches from the Linden Labs top brass detailing exactly how Second Life has changed the world. Anyways, the fest is being plugged as a cultural event.
Second Life’s developers are trying to churn out a clean event with a PG rating and have expressly proscribed mature content in any of the exhibits.