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Second Life CEO Walks After Recent Layoffs

Two weeks ago, 30-percent of the workforce behind the virtual realm Second Life was let go due to "reorganization." Linden Lab CEO Mark Kingdon claimed that the move was to help make Second Life even simpler, more enjoyable, relevant and engaging for consumers. He also said that the staff reduction would enable to company to invest more into bringing "3D to the web" and strengthen profitability.

Based on those claims, it sounds as if Second Life might get an overhaul and branch out, possibly to social networks and mobile apps. It's speculated that the layoffs were due to a lack of interest with the virtual world, a trend the company has apparently been watching for a while. Perhaps then it's no coincidence that Kingdon has decided to walk, leaving his two-year reign as CEO.

In his place will be former CEO and Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale. Former CFO Bob Komin was also moved up the ladder to fill the COO seat. "This is a big, tough change but one the board of directors and management team deeply believes in," Rosedale said. He tipped a hat to Kingdon's two-year trek into improving the overall stability of Second Life.

"Our thinking as a team is that my returning to the CEO job now can bring a product and technology focus that will help rapidly improve Second Life," Rosendale added. "We need to simplify and focus our product priorities--concentrating all our capabilities on making Second Life easier to use and better for the core experiences that it is delivering today. I think that I can be a great help and a strong leader in that process."

Before he left, Kingdon said that the company needed to bring Second Life to the browser as well as integrate social-networking features. Let's see if the new administration can make that happen.

  • borisof007
    eehhhh not really surprised here. I haven't heard any major news from Linden Labs in a while.
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  • bin1127
    if they get a new lease on life then technically it will be Third Life right?
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Anyone actually pay for this game? I don't.
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  • Memoscorp
    JOSHSKORNAnyone actually pay for this game? I don't.Some people do and they're making loads of money of it.
    http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2009/03/million.html
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  • One thing they really need to fix is the bot problem. They are everywhere.

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  • BulkZerker
    Or just get the hell off the mainland LLL.

    L Labs needs to do one thing, and that's go through all the inventory of user created things, and -anything- that gives out money without outside intervention to control when or who it is given to needs to be dropped. So no more money seats, and to a lesser extent no more cash balls. Remove the automation and you loose the bots that sit there.
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  • I agree. Currently the inworld population statistics include all bots and campers. It is ridiculous. SL needs to be cleaned up.

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  • dEAne
    I haven't heard this but reduction to man power is always common nowadays.
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  • mirazh1976
    "Thirty-percent of the Second Life team was left go two weeks ago."

    was left go? How about... were let go

    The grammar errors on many websites seem to have shot up as of late.
    There is something to be said for editing and proof reading.
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  • Yeah, you can even visit the graves of the people that were left go right here:

    http://thebotzone.net/2010/06/09/lindens-leaving-who-will-fend-off-the-bots-and-campers/

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