Massive rumor: Linden Labs currently “entertaining offers” with Microsoft placing a bid

Thursday, 30th September 2010 21:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


A massive rumor floating around the net today has Microsoft throwing its wallet at Linden Labs.

According to a report over on TechEye, a source close to Linden Labs tweeted the rumor stating: “A little birdie told me that Microsoft may have silently offered to buy Linden Lab this week.”

Supposedly, Linden Labs is currently “entertaining offers and Microsoft has stepped up with a bid”, and if true, it could be Microsoft’s way of having its own sort of PS Home on the net – although it likely doesn’t need it, but it would help pad the bank account a bit.

Other Linden Lab employees have gotten in on the rumor as well, according to Dwellonit, a Second Life blog.

So far, Linden Lab has refused to confirm or deny the rumor, but we’ve sent a mail to both Microsoft and a contact we have Linden Labs to find out if there is a shred of truth to any of this.

Via 1UP.




  1. Aimless

    Second Life is pretty much the antithesis of Xbox Live.

    I’m also pretty sure only about 1000 people play/use it, the rest of the population being padded out by journalists acting like virtual tourists so they can write articles about it.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    I once played Second Life. I found it to be unplayable. It was lag central and just not very appealing overall. The world(s) was a mess and full to the brim with bugs to boot.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    I played it one night, and after being asked by some dude if my virtual character wanted to dance on a pole in his virtual club for $0.25 an hour (real money), I deleted my account.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Razor

    Linden who?

    Never heard of them.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    So i guess thats your avatar in the pic up there with said pole? :D

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Michael O’Connor

    @2 To be honest, writing articles about Second Life stopped being cool around about the same time it started.

    I use the service on a semi-regular basis to chat without a bunch of writers from others countries and to check out some industrial bands that interest me, but that’s about it.

    The game used to be a buggy as hell mess with spam polluting the entire game and porn everywhere, but a lot of that has been fixed and changed since then. You’re not half as likely to come across the “unsavory” stuff as you used to be… unless you go looking. =P

    @5 Now that you mention it… the resemblance is uncanny.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    All i gotta say is if this was the future and that above pic represented virtual reality…….


    #7 4 years ago
  8. cookiejar

    If they buy it, they’ll do an Apple – Close the service, use the IP and the staff and create something new in a similar style, probably on the Xbox too. Home on the Xbox. Monkey see, monkey do ;)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DaMan

    virtual sex. the day humans actually started their race for extinction.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @5 and @6 I outta slap you both :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    @10 Careful… we might like it!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. frostquake

    I will tell you when I go into Home…I see tons of People wearing all that crap that cost money, and all those little micro-transactions adds up to a ton of money…MS can sniff that out like a pig in heat looking for a truffle, So I am surprised that they haven’t done a clone of Home sooner!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Nozz

    This will be huge competition for playstation home if MS acquire this.
    But with the very open nature to scripting and user created content what changes would MS bring to this?
    Interesting stuff!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. AHA-Lambda

    @3 – damn what a cesspit =(

    what does MS want with this anyway? O_o

    HOw about you start making some games MS!!!!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Wait, Second Life is still going?

    #15 4 years ago

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