As a very early Second Lifer, this rings true in terms of lessons learned. It also feels a little early, again. However, Linden Labs has proven it can play a long game, so if you are interested in VR as a way of grabbing your customers’ attention this may be worth the $3,600 a year for those who want to learn along with one of the best in class immersive economies.
In Second Life, a person or business can spend nearly $300 a month to host a space (it’s half price for educators and nonprofits, but that’s still a hefty sum). Altberg promised that hosting a Sansar experience will cost in the “tens of dollars” per month. It’s cheaper than Second Life, and it’s obviously cheaper than what it would take to build one’s own MMO platform from the ground up.At the same time, Linden Lab plans on “capturing more of the GDP” generated from Sansar. With Second Life, the company really doesn’t take any cut of the money generated.Second Life “has a very high property tax and basically a zero consumption tax,” Altberg said. “With Sansar, we want property tax to be as low as we can make it and share a bit more in the consumption of goods and services.”