Brazil grid grows with partners

Brazil’s Meet3D grid has grown ten-fold in terms of active users — and increased its regions by a factor of 12 over the course of just one month — as a result of partnerships with major Brazilian companies, including a media firm, a brewery, and a clothing company.

It started with a marketing deal with record label Furacão 2000 (“Hurricane 2000″). The company will eventually have 16 regions on the grid, the first of which, Furacao2000, is already up and active with regular weekly events.

Fabio Bastos

“This company is the largest producer of content and events for young people in Brazil,” said Meet3D founder Fabio Bastos.

According to Bastos, in addition to the record label, Furacão 2000 also has a magazine, concerts, and radio and television shows. The company has an average of 20 events a week in Brazil, with typical attendance of 15,000 per event. The partnership draws young people to visit the grid, Bastos said.

“It helps introduce OpenSim to people who previously had no idea that it existed,” he said. “It creates an interest in the technology, and also an interest in renting land on Meet3D.”

Land rentals are provided by parent company MeetHost, and start at US $24 per region per month.

The grid has grown from just 11 regions in July, when Hypegrid Business first began tracking its numbers, to 309 regions today. In addition, active users grew from 218 to 1,015 over the same time period.

“And with the large number of visitors, in-world advertising space now has significant commercial value,” Bastos told Hypergrid Business.

(Image courtesy Meet3D.)

For example, one in-world advertiser is Itaipava, a Brazilian beer made by Grupo Petrópolis, Brazil’s second-largest brewery.

Another new in-world advertiser is HBS, a Brazilian youth-oriented clothing company.

Meet3D will also create and sell officially authorized virtual clothing on behalf of the brands, Bastos said.

The company’s primary goal is to get Brazil’s online population to visit and learn how to use the grid, he added.

“We are not concerned right now with the number of rented regions or business profits, like Linden Lab is,” he said. “We are anxious to make this technology a part of daily life in Brazil, and our system allows us to do this with the support of private companies.”

Meet3D is accessible via hypergrid teleport, and residents of OSGrid, FrancoGrid, or the 100-plus other hypergrid-enabled grids can teleport in to the Furacão 2000 region on Meet3D by pasting 3dmeet.servegame.com:8002:FURACAO2000 into the search box of their Map window. It’s located in the Upper regions, easily accessible from most other grids.

The grid’s main welcome region is Chegada, located at 3dmeet.servegame.com:8002:CHEGADA. If teleports to the FURACAO2000 region fail, try to jump to CHEGADA first.

Meet3D uses Vivox voice, the same voice system as that in Second Life. Its in-world currency is the Meet (M$). The grid runs on the latest version of the OpenSim software, and supports mesh and media-on-a-prim. Its official viewer is based on Firestorm. The company recommends that V3-compatible viewers be used to access the grid via the 3dmeet.servegame.com:8002 loginURI, or through hypergrid teleport, in order to be able to see mesh objects.

For more information about Meet3D, visit its Facebook group, its Facebook page, Bastos’ personal Facebook page, and the grid’s Twitter account.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/zzbottom ZZ Bottom

    Knowing that the biggest Sl community is the Brasilian one i would fear now open sims!

  • AviWorlds

    That is what I am saying. AviWorlds hasa huge brazilian community and it has grown but with not much attention from the blogs. We do expect to grow in huge numbers once the base line which I call it STRUCTURAL ECONOMY REALITY is done.
    All the brazilians are going to AviWorlds.com

    • Gren

      LMAO @ aviworlds

  • AviWorlds

    I may be wrong but http://www.MEET3D.com.br is no longer online? Why is it still hanging on this blogs home page? AviWorlds has achieved much higher numbers than this offline grid. Dont get it….maybe I am wrong….dont know.

    • http://www.LindaKellie.com/ Linda Kellie Henson

      If you read the date this article was written in Oct. of 2012.

    • Meet3DBR

      I sold the brand Meet3D social network. The acquiring company stopped the project. However we are dedicated to creating a platform for e-learning in conjunction with educational institutions and governments in Brazil. Project set to be released in the second half of 2013.

  • gridhopper

    Visited aviworlds didn’t see many online been there 3 times under 10, Is that considered the brasilian community? Just curious

    • Gren

      Yes it’s huge! in OpenSim, but only at aviworlds… Are you thinking of becoming a resident there, maybe they will hold massive Brazilian dominated carnivals and then you rejoice in seeing the non copyboted eye candy on parade and if you get lucky (or unlucky as the case may be) you could entice one back to their mansion or yours ‘if’ the server can still find it in the sqlite database…

      • AviWorlds

        Same to you GREN. Annoying and sarcastic.

        • Gren

          Glad to be of help and don’t forget, God Bless!

    • AviWorlds

      Your response in here is only being sarcastic and annoying. Nothing more.

  • AviWorlds

    Well being that AviWorlds is only 5 months old and growing; that doesnt mean all brazilians are in it. And I did not say that either. But your intentions are noted. God Bless! Just by our FACEBOOK page alone you can see that we are not so DEAD like you are saying here. http://www.facebook.com/aviworlds

    • Gren

      But you are dead though right? Just not so dead. as you wanted some publicity I decided to give you some, becareful what you wish for lol.

      • gridhopper

        something fishy is going on over there, not sure its legal or what but splash stats and whats actual bodies in world is way off. Then again different strokes different folks.

        • AviWorlds

          Ok.. whatever you say. God Bless.

        • Gren

          No idea but thats hardly illegal if he is, besides he would not be the first or last to do so if he was. It’ don’t matter anyway theres not a single grid that is successful yet and none of them promote anywhere near enoigh effectively.

          A minimum of one hour a day marketing is needed (probably a lot more) and paying for advertising. Infact a large amount of budget should go into promotion and not trying to get SL users, they will come or not bother. It’s the ones who never did SL to aim at. (LL has not bankrupted them lol or caused them to feel disallusioned).

          • gridhopper

            I agree Really can’t compete against SL in any type of opensim platform. I think its a good alternative to heavy prices that LL has. Then the old saying comes to play “You get what you pay for” Like ride a Harley or a honda vespa.

  • AviWorlds

    I strongly disagree that no grid using open sim platform cant compete against SL. I believe Open Sim does have potential and depending on the strategy implemented by the grid; it really can go ways! SL has a lot of problems even in their administrative ways. Technology can only go so far and there are more than one piece that has to fit in the whole puzzle.

    • Gren

      You can strongly disagree all you like but you cannot refute plain evidence. There is no future in for the route OpenSim is going, look how long the top grids have been going and how many logins they have daily, compared tro SL. Also SL is a failure in terms of online gaming and now has arouind only 50000 inworld. Just that since 2003! Infact it declined from a peak of roughly 90000 a few years ago.

  • Meet3DBR

    I sold the brand Meet3D social network. The acquiring company stopped the project. However we are dedicated to creating a platform for e-learning in conjunction with educational institutions and governments in Brazil. Project set to be released in the second half of 2013. The project Meet3D was very successful, introducing the Brazilian to Opensim, developed and run by Brazilians. Today we have financial support from educational institutions to develop educational applications with the tool Opensim. We dispense use as social network, nor the business model of Linden and Aviworlds.

    • AviWorlds

      Fabio perhaps you would be interested in joining forces with AviWorlds in Brasil? We do have http://www.aviworlds.com.br in Brasil and we would love to have you as a partner there since 99% of AviWorlds grid are Brasilians. I think it would be a enormous the advantages since our brasilian users are really looking to us as a real alternative to SL grid in Brasil.
      I sent you a friend invite in Facebook. Alex.