Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, revealed to Spanish newspaper EL PAIS that he plans to add a sales tax to in-world transactions in Project Sansar (Linden Lab’s next generation platform) – and that it will be 5%.* (See the bottom of the article for an update on the specificity of this number from Peter Gray).
Altberg said (and I paraphrase / translate from the spanish original) that Second Life has suffered from its own real estate bubble, where residents can rent a 256×256 metre plot of virtual land for $295/month, and that this business model was not intended for the average consumer. Renting virtual land is an expensive hobby or for those who want to run a virtual business.
Sansar, he said, will offer land for less, and Linden Lab will take a commission on any purchase or sale that occurs. “But only 5%”, he added, “which is extremely low…
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