10,000 US$ :o

Heyas peepels,

this just fresh in via Inara’s bloggy:

10000
LL obviously have too much money.

Whoa! Ten Thousand crispy American smackeronis! For you! At least when you’re a creator in Sansar. What do we think of a prize money that by far exceeds any amount LL have ever given away for anything? We’re not talking Linden dollars here but the real McCoy! And that before the official opening? Do they wanna start their new Not-a-World with a Big Bang or do they already fear the startup could be a bad misfire, and trying to hype it up to avoid going down in flames? And why the haste? If you read about it today you’ll have one week of time to get all settled in Sansar beta version and start to build a Halloween Experience. One short week. :/

I admit the prize money is tempting, very tempting. But let’s see what all I had to do in that very short week:

  • Install Windows on my good computer. A totally innnocent machine, totally untouched by any Mircosoft product so far. My little angel. And put Windows on it? Really? I don’t think so.
  • Get an Octopus + the controllers for it.
  • Empty out my study, kick out neighbour’s cat, so I have enuff room to stumble around when I’m in the Artificial Experience.
  • Getting comfy in Sansar and learn how to build.
  • Get the inspiration and excitement that let’s me get started with my Halloween build.
  • Overcome my natural aversion of anything Halloween and spooky in general.
  • Even if I knew how to build and script stuff in Sansar I’d rather go for cool stuff and build a starship, a motorbike or a sailboat. Or a nifty house for Orcsi to live in. Oh, and of course some nice clothes. Or or or … But fukn useless Halloween deco? Fuk me sideways but no, I won’t do it!

 

4 comments

  1. The competition was announced at the start of September, when I also covered it – as did others. The Lab have since continued to promote it through there various Sansar channels (all of which are very active among creators involved in the platform).

    All the post you reference above contains is a reminder that the competition is drawing to a close.

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    • Yes, yes, but still, don’t we find it a bit weird that the greatest amount of hard cash money the Lab is ever going to raffle away is limited to a very small elite group of crash test bunnies? A group that is already convinced of Sansar and has already jojned the brave new experience and became busy as content creators thereabouts? Well, I find it strangely misdirected and useless as a marketing stunt or promo.
      They will catch virtually none of the existing SL customers with such stuff but they will make many of us angry for misplacing money that we pay them in the hopes to benefit from better service and management and a better SL grid.
      Ok, it’s their money to do with whatever, but I can understand when many old residents see it as embezzlement, as a breach of trust, a slap in the face. And why all of a sudden 10k dollars? Never ever in SL’s history did they give away such amounts of cash. And that although the eligible group was much much much biggerer.
      Dunno, but something stinks at the lab.

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      • It’s called “marketing”.

        Companies routinely run competitions that serve s specific portion of a market. Why should Linden Lab be any different?

        “Ok, it’s their money to do with whatever,”

        Correct. End of story.

        “but I can understand when many old residents see it as embezzlement,”

        Then you really should look up the meaning of the word “embezzlement”

        “as a breach of trust, a slap in the face.”

        Breach of trust how? Again, as per your first comment, the revenue / profits the Lab generates are there to be used howsoever the Lab wishes. There’s no “special rule” stating revenues / profits generated through Second Life can only be used for Second Life. That’s. Not. How. Business. Works. And like it or not, Linden Research is first and foremost a business looking to offer a broader portfolio of products and reduce the risk of being reliant on a single egg.

        “And why all of a sudden 10k dollars?”

        See above. Marketing. Promotion.

        “Never ever in SL’s history did they give away such amounts of cash.”

        So? That is their choice, per your first comment. As it is, the prize is taking nothing away from SL in terms of the ongoing investment and drive to try to reduce costs, improve services and (potentially / eventually) pass on savings to customers.

        ” although the eligible group was much much much biggerer.”

        Again sorry, but in business terms, irrelevant. Like it or not, Second Life is established. Sansar is the new Shiny and competitions like this are a way from raising its visibility to potential audiences outside of SL as much (if not more so) as to any audience with SL.

        Would I like to see the Lab run some kind of similar competition to help push SL more front and centre alongside Sansar? Yes, absolutely (although I have little doubt were they to do so, there would be similar cries of “foul!” from elements of the SL user base who felt the competition was excluding them for assorted reasons). However, I’m not going to lose sleep over the fact that they haven’t / won’t.

        Second Life remains my focus; Sansar is (right now) just a place I drop into as a consumer / tourist / “reporter” and see whether or not it really grows into something that could offer LL a genuine second revenue stream and which does harness a portion of the VR niche.

        So, as long as the Lab continue to invest in and improve SL (as they are), I really don’t see any problem with competitions like this going ahead. I don’t feel I have the skill sets needed to participate – but c’est la vie. I’ll just continue to pour my creative efforts into Second Life and enjoy doing so.

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  2. Thx Inara for taking the time out of your busy day to enlighten me. Now let’s see if I got it all right …

    “It’s called “marketing”.”
    Giving out 10k dollers for which only a small handful people are eligible is bad marketing, very bad.

    “There’s no “special rule” stating revenues / profits generated through Second Life can only be used for Second Life.”
    Yes, and I’m not stating they’re breaking any law or something. Just saying that I’m very very disappointed with them unruly kidz. How dare they kicking me out of the forum for a non-disclosed reason when they themselves are proving time and again what a bunch of inept people they are. It’s like a special club for autism patients.

    “That’s. Not. How. Business. Works.”
    Sorry to say, as a former employee, working with mostly business oriented businesses for 20 years of my life, SL management again proofs how bad they in business are and how badly they misunderstand their own business model and their clientéle.

    “the prize is taking nothing away from SL”
    Only 10k dollars. 😮

    “(potentially / eventually) pass on savings to customers.”
    Whoa! You don’t actually believe that, do ya? That would be completely unprecedented, total novelty and 180° turnaround of their usual incompetence.

    “However, I’m not going to lose sleep over the fact that they haven’t / won’t.”
    Me neither. I’m not the type to enter competitions that are way above my head anyway. They can do or don’t do as many competitions or raffles as they fancy. All I’m saying is that this Sansar Marketing/Promo competition looks like not really thought through and very ineffective for the desired effect. Why don’t they give the money directly to Berry and Drax and pat themselves on the shoulders?

    “see whether or not it really grows into something that could offer LL a genuine second revenue stream and which does harness a portion of the VR niche.”
    Yes! Yes, that’s the question most of us have on our minds. And I came to the conclusion, that this new competition is most probably a completely wrong way to raise awareness to the existence of Sansar in the broader public. I mean, ok, USA is probably still LL’s main market, but really, do they know that Halloween is a thing solely in the USA? Further did anyone think about that creating a halloween experience does maybe require a bit too much knowledge and skills, particularly from people you wanna convince to join Sansar? We’re talking about the most n00bish n00bs here.

    “Sansar is the new Shiny and competitions like this are a way from raising its visibility to potential audiences outside of SL as much (if not more so) as to any audience with SL.”
    That’s exactly what I’m talking about: A competition as freaky as a halloween build-out send the wrong signal.Particularly to audiences outside of SL. Audiences not yet used to being paying guests in LL’s dreamworld.

    “see whether or not it really grows into something that could offer LL a genuine second revenue stream”
    Sorry, as a customer it’s not my problem and not my concern to worry about LL’s revenue stream. Not anymore. With them living in an echo chamber and acting like rainman I’ve lost my patience and good will over the past 10 years.

    “I’ll just continue to pour my creative efforts into Second Life and enjoy doing so.”
    Yes, pleeze! Don’t leave us for greener pastures. You’re the bestest informed info source, as if your blog office was located right in LL’s basement. =^.^= Much more accurate reporting than NWN or Daniel Voyager or any other blogger. I enjoy particularly to read about when you vist nifty sims and sometimes I even go there myself.

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