AviWorlds reopens for the fifth time as ‘private community’

The AviWorlds grid has opened, and then closed again, five times. Today, it reopened with a brand-new business model — that of a “private community.”

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Alexsandro Pomposelli

“AviWorlds is now back online as I promised,” said grid owner Alexandro Pomposelli — also known as Alex Ferraris in-world — in a comment earlier today.

This time, however, the grid is not allowing public registrations. Instead, new residents have to be either referred by current residents, or apply for permission to join by emailing the grid at [email protected].

This was due to many many attacks we were getting from outside and inside our community,” said Pomposelli. “AviWorlds has been criticised for being up and down so many times but this time I think it will be OK.”

The grid, which has previously been hosted by both of OpenSim’s biggest grid hosting providers — Dreamland Metaverse and Zetamex — is now running on its own servers, he added.

“We drive the bus now,” he said.

Alexandro Pomposelli, as Alex Ferraris, on the re-launched AviWorlds grid. (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

Alexandro Pomposelli, as Alex Ferraris, on the re-launched AviWorlds grid. (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

In another business-model-related change, the grid will now pay users for the time they spend online, with 3 AV$ deposited every three minutes to one randomly-chosen user. Each new resident will also get 500 AV$ in starting money. The AV$ virtual currency will be refundable, Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business, at a minimum of 5,000 AV$ and US$1 fee for PayPal processing. It costs US $1 to buy 500 AV$, and while selling is 600 AV$ to US $1.

The grid will also charge 1 AV$ for uploads and 25 AV$ to create a new group.

Regions can be rented for US $15 for a 15,000-prim region. Smaller and larger prim allotments are also available, as are parcels of various sizes.

“We are also working on our ZYNGO machines with a gaming license,” he said.

Find more information on the grid’s Facebook page and its Twitter feed. The grid also has a Google Plus page, but it hasn’t been updated as of this time.

Is it closed, or just down?

Lots of grids go offline, for maintenance, for revamps, for school vacations, or because they’re home-based grids and the computer running them is turned off.

Hypergrid Business counts those grids as open if they were up anytime during the previous month, and suspended if they were offline longer.

A grid is considered closed if it’s been down for two or more months, or if the grid has officially announced that it is closed.

While AviWorlds has also been suspended, or down for service, at various times in the past, the five times it closed down were different in that the grid officially announced it was closed, and residents lost either their currency balances, their builds, their inventories, or some combination thereof.

When grids are suspended — especially mid-sized or large commercial grids with many users — they typically continue to maintain their websites, forums, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds in order to keep their residents informed about the grid’s status.

When AviWorlds closes down it typically takes down its website as well as its social media accounts.

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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. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

5 Responses

  1. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    AviWorlds was shut down this time due to a change in our HOSTING services. As usual HOSTING COMPANIES leave you abandoned with a PATCHED UP file where it would be almost impossible to restore and migrate.
    This happened with Dreamland Metarverse where even SNOOPY declined my asking him to PLEASE help migrate AviWorlds to ZETAMEX.
    It happened once where I was in an accident and became unavailable for a while.
    Now AviWorlds faced the same dilema where ZETAMEX although I cannot say they were not helpful and prompt responding to all my TICKETS regarding problems; still at the end after the many HACK ATTACKS we were faced with THREATs from Mr. Timothy Rogers to shut us down being that at the sametime ZETAMEX was responsible for the hosting not AviWorlds.
    After careful consideration and alot of thought plus THE REQUEST of AVIWORLDS OWN COMMUNITY I have decided on a new GAME PLAN. I basically built my own MINI DATA CENTER and now I am hosting my own with the HELP of my partners WORLD-DC, JOE BUILDER, MIKE HART and many others who are advising me on this new strategy.
    I am here for the love of the game not for the money and ALL OUR RESIDENTS did respond with A GO AHEAD even if they were to lose their registration, AV$s etc.
    They are coming back as you see ONE DAY back online we are already at over 40 users.
    Any questions or registration requests please email me at [email protected]

  2. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    I wasnt going to re open especially when I was very frustrated with all what was going on with the attacks and lack of back ups ….Anyway my community has asked me to re open and here we are.
    Enjoy everyone! Thanks for your support.

  3. trrlynn73@gmail.com' Minethere says:

    ohhh, I just realized that photo shows the Steampunk OAR I distribute. It is mostly Vbinnia Radeks stuff, and it is pretty cool and fun stuff, but also has several other creators things I liked at the time.

    I like that 1 prim forest behind Alex and exported it and sometimes still use it in places.

    Glad to see it being used-))

  4. cinder.roxley@phoenixviewer.com' Cinder Biscuits says:

    It’s a really bad idea to clone Zyngo especially outside of Second Life. Aargle Zymurgy owns the trademark. http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=77756912&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

  5. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    We did not clone ZYNGO. doesnt even say that on the machines. It is a zyngo game or at least close to it. But it is not copied.