Atek biggest land gainer this month

All OpenSim stats increased this month but the most dramatic increase was on Atek Grid, which more than quadrupled its land area this month with nearly 400 new regions.

There are now a total of 56,011 standard region equivalents on the 217 public OpenSim grids that released their stats, 418,293 registered users, and 23,934 active users. That is a gain of more than 1,000 regions, more than 5,600 registered users, and nearly 700 new active users.

Land area on OpenSim's public grids in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Land area on OpenSim’s public grids in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

As mentioned above, Atek grid was the biggest land gainer, with 376 new regions, bringing the total regions on the grid to 472. This is an excellent showing for a new grid. Atek is an open grid, meaning that users can connect regions for free. It is sponsored by CloudServe, a low-cost OpenSim hosting company.

Atek is hypergrid-enabled, as were the other five big gainers this month — Metropolis, with 333 new regions, Kitely with 138, Next Reality with 110, SirinHGpole with 96 and 3rd Rock Grid with 88.

In fact, 92 percent of all OpenSim regions — 50,801 — are on hypergrid-enabled grids, with just 3,876 regions on closed grids.

Hypergrid-enabled grids also continued to gain active users this month at the expense of the closed grids.

Active users on closed grids and hypergrid-enabled grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Active users on closed grids and hypergrid-enabled grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Last month was the first time since InWorldz began reporting its active user statistics that the hypergrid had more active users than closed grids.


For company and school grids, relative popularity is not an issue — the grids are set up for a specific purpose, and if they meet that purpose, then they are successful. The same is true for grids run by niche communities or that serve a special need not met elsewhere.

But when it comes to general-purpose social grids, especially closed grids, the rule of thumb is: the bigger and busier, the better. People looking to make new friends look for grids that already have the most users. Merchants looking to sell content will go to the grids with the most potential customers. Event organizers looking for the biggest audience… you get the idea.

With that in mind, here are the ten most popular grids this month:

InWorldz was the biggest gainer, with 219 new actives, followed by Next Reality with 179, Metropolis with 155, the new open WestWorld Grid with 138, the great Canadian Grid with 120, Craft with 108, Virtual Live Brazil with 75 and 3rd Rock Grid with 62 new active users.

WestWorld was launched late last month, a free-to-connect open grid sponsored by Tangle Grid. WestWorld is competing directly against Atek Grid for users.

Avination, a closed commercial grid competing directly with InWorldz, was the biggest loser, with 159 fewer actives this month than last month. Island Oasis, another closed commercial grid, lost 82 active users.

Grid News

I’ve had a lot of Internet problems this past week and will be running the grid news updates separately. If I don’t post yours, please resend it to me at [email protected] I will not be posting individual music events, however, since there are just too many of them.


We have 29 new grids added to our database since this time last month, including Fantasy World, AquaFox World, Creative Citizen Grid, Naseby Village, Freedomland, DigiSoul, Snow Matrix, Virtual Dream, Hypergridder, My Educational Community, Western Springs, Auth, Mirage, RippersMetaverse, Hiro’s PC, Shadowy Tales, Justice Grid, Al Grid, HDD VR, Chezeworld, Fantasy World, Dream Forest, Wer ist Wo, North-March, Dreamscape, Open Community Grid, Avi-Labs, 14 Virtual, and The Reef.

And the following 19 grids have been marked as suspended: AnjWorld, BunnehGrid, Calbertville, Contepomi, Exnixia, Heavens Gates, Hippy Grid, Home of Xerdar, Langalf’s Demesne, LifeStyle 3D, Peter’s World, PierSimConnect, R.World, Rescue Grid, SecondLearning, SRPSIM, The Gyre, University of the Aegean, and Virtual Gay Kingdom.

If there’s a public grid we’re not tracking, please email us at [email protected]. There’s no centralized way to find OpenSim grids, so if you don’t tell us about it, and Google doesn’t alert us, we won’t know about it.

There were a total of 1,583 new downloads of the OpenSim software this month, bringing the total downloads to over 216,000. However, the counter on the official site was down. The Diva Distro had 511 new downloads, New World Studio had 18, and Sim-on-a-Stick saw the most new downloads this month at 1,054.

January Region Counts on the Top 40 Grids

The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of over 943 different publicly-accessible grids, 259 of which were active this month, and 217 of which published their statistics.

All region counts on this list are, whenever available, in terms of standard region equivalents. Active user counts include hypergrid visitors whenever possible.

Many school, company or personal grids do not publish their numbers.

The raw data for this month’s report is hereA list of all active grids is here.

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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.

42 Responses

  1.' Sarge Misfit says:

    Maria, could you explain “Users Change”? You see, you list Excelsior Station as having a Users Change of -4, yet we’ve not deleted any accounts. The Station did see an initial sign up of those 13 and sort of plateau’d there, not negative change.

  2. Great Canadian Grid: 87 regions thats it? damn i need to go buy more xD

  3. Frank Corsi says:

    Maria… If you publicly say “WestWorld is competing directly against Atek Grid for users.” then why not post the active member count for ATEKgrid? Are you going to seriously call all the atek grid members “FAKE” just because last year you entered what was clearly known as a grid in development, and found the “users online now” stat not correct. Maria, you posted about virtual world city back in 2010 when you also announced that Cisco and other corporate partners were developing the grid. Login and talk with the atek grid members, see for yourself they are real people who deserve the same respect as members of other grids!
    Atek Grid has 290 avatars and as of today 584 land regions.

    • 1. There’s a note right under your grid stats that says that they might not be accurate.
      2. I can’t see a listing for active users at all in your stats box.
      3. I see two different numbers that could be registered users.
      4. You’ve told me in the past that you don’t feel that these numbers are important, and see nothing wrong with randomly generating them. There were fake numbers on the Virtual World City grid, and on the AlphaTowne grid. I do feel that these numbers are important, and want to use the most accurate numbers available. In this particular case, I’d rather undercount OpenSim users and be on the safe side.
      5. I’d love to see an independent, third-party statistics service (an Alexa or Google Analytics for OpenSim). If anyone comes up with one, I’d love to be running their stats!

      • Frank Corsi says:

        One stat was random, “users online now”. Was the grid in development? YES – ALPHA Town has been offline since 2010, the last counts were in the database and were online till the domain name expired. People come to me and say I heard you had all these fake stats, I say read the story again.. and they agree with me, there was no reason for that “FAKE” report to begin with. After i explain over and over again, people agree maria has a PERSONAL axe to grid with me.
        Atek Grid has real members who deserve to be given the same respect as other grids. If you plan to compare Atek’s user count against Westworld or any grid, then post our user count also.

        • I wasn’t aware that we had a feud. If you want people to know how many active users your grid has, just post the numbers. I actually don’t understand why you’re complaining that I’m not running these numbers when they aren’t even in your stats box, nor on your splash page. (Is there a separate stats page I’m missing?)

          One thing I’m considering doing is getting someone to write a mySQL database for me that pings all the grid stats pages once an hour (say) and pulls down their currently logged in user numbers. Logged in user numbers are easy enough to check — the people either are there or they aren’t — and I think these stats might actually give an even better idea of a grid’s activity level than the monthly actives.

          After all, if, say, the monthly actives are 100 users, then that could be that all 100 signed in for one event one day during the month, or it could be that they signed in multiple times over the month, with an average population of, say, 25 to 75 users online at any given time.

          To do this, a grid would have to create an easy-to-scrape webpage that just shows the current stats.

          •' Talla Adam says:

            Good luck scraping user stats from splash pages, Maria. My grid search function has been doing that for over a year and all pages are different and get changed without notice. I have written three algorithms to try and get it right and still I get errors and have do part of the twice-weekly updates manually.

          • Frank Corsi says:

            Talla, I like your community on google plus! Great job building that community.
            If you was to present the grid owners with a php page, that we can put online somewhere with thhe correct stats and format you need, I think that would be acceptable to everyone. I know I would put it online today to help you have the correct stats you need.

          •' Talla Adam says:

            Thanks for the compliment for OV, Frank. The easy way to do get the stats of the splash pages is if you put up a clear page with just the basic grid data of region count, user count and active count then call the page in an iFrame on the splash page for display. My scraper can then just read the stats page and not be searching the whole splash page to extract the numbers it needs. With the advent of var regions my script attempts to read both the standard region count and looks for a number for the var count and breaks it down to a standard regions sum. As for active users the script sums both Hypergrid visitor count which is assumed to be unique per 30 days and login unique’s. It’s not rocket science but I have to apply a degree of AI in the form of an algorithm to interpret the page and filter the data accurately. And it doesn’t always work because pages get changed often and quite radically too.

            Diva Wifi and Zetamex stats are pretty easy to pick up and I believe Christopher Strachan has written an open source php stats module that could sit in an iFrame. Check Zetamex repository. But I will give it some thought but my time is very limited these days.

          •' Minethere says:

            Feuds in OpenSim? Impossible!!! I’m calling in the professionals, the Hatfields, and if they won’t look into this I will be calling the McCoys!!

          •' KeithSelmes says:

            Call ’em both .. could be fun …

          •' Sarge Misfit says:

            The two of them should head over to Excelsior Station, where combat is an approved form of conflict resolution

      • Frank Corsi says:

        Maria.. what messages does this send to the community?
        If you want to be in Atek Grid, deal with the personal feud between Frank and Maria, with things from 2010 that do not matter today?
        Or do you suggest the members quit Atek grid and go to one of your favorite grids instead?

  4.' Alex Ferraris says:

    My comment was taken out?
    How can NEXT REALITY have gained 179 new users in two days being online and using AviWorlds data base??? They did not gain anything that is not correct. I will go publicly with this in all my social network sites saying that this source of information here is flawed.

    • I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m going to guess that the reason the Next Reality grid gained these numbers is because AviWorlds was rebranded as Next Reality — and AviWorlds DID have a lot of users over the past month.

      Meanwhile, Next Reality, as of mid-December, had only 2 active users.

      AviWorlds, in mid-December, had nearly 300 active users. So there’s been a drop of 100 actives as a result of the turmoil.

      Meanwhile, Avi-Labs seems to be picking up some of those missing actives — 66 when I checked a couple of days ago, 76 today.

      •' Alex Ferraris says:

        Maria you still did not correct your text above saying Next Reality grid was second in place in gaining new members. That is wrong.
        If we are going to talk about who gained the most it was Avi-Labs. Our new stats is counting ONLY 1 week 1/2 the grid has been online!
        So proportionaly Avi-Labs was the grid which gained the most users and uniques in only a period of 1 week 1/2.

  5.' Geir Nøklebye says:

    So what you say is the active demographics of Hypergrid connected grids is around 12200 users? Any idea of how much double counting there is?

    •' Minethere says:

      It has been said that the duplication there might be with hypergriders could be similar to that of the closed grids people who log into several of those a day to find something to do or add/promote their content…a wash, so to speak…uncountable, really.

      •' Geir Nøklebye says:

        So it is like SL alt accounts on steriods sort-of…

        •' Minethere says:

          I think I read someplace that at any particular time SL has around 40% alts and I think this number, regardless of if it is right with SL, is likely similar in all the rest.

          So you have people double [or more] logging, you have alts, you have content ppl making their daily run of several closed commercial grids, you have hypergridders roaming all over the meta [but this last item could also be seen in the light that many come from their own uncounted private grids/regions]…

          However, I prefer to just see it all as a wash, regardless, since all this number counting has all sorts of built in issues anyway. Overall trending is my own focus.

          •' Geir Nøklebye says:

            > Overall trending is my own focus.
            You are absolutely right on that.

          •' Minethere says:

            Yea, it is all a bit more complicated than mere single grid numbers, so seeing the overall trending just makes sense to me.

            For example, before I knew of the free and open Meta, there was a time I roaming the handful of closed commercial grids, and, of course, I was counted into their stats. While I was doing that I would see others that were doing the same thing, lots of them actually.

            Then in the free Meta I occasionally see those I know call closed commercial grids their home, out here also. So more double, or more, counting.

            I see those who have some grid above their name I never heard of, often, who are hypergrided into Metropolis for an event or whatnot. So this would be considered 1 count in Metro’s stats, especially since they added the hypergriders into the totals.

            I don’t recall the numbers changing all that much when Kitely enabled the HG [and they don’t show them on their splash screen, I wish they did…so their numbers only are shown publicly here], which leads me to think they do not add the hypergrid numbers to their totals [I could be wrong in this, like I said, I more deal with overall trending].

            In any case, if you add in the multitude of issues I expect you could give the totals, conservatively, as a +/- 30% margin of error. Margins of error are a common thing.

            Then you have some people go on and on about their specific grid [usually of the for-profit variety] saying their numbers reflect the truth to the matter, while on the other hand, totally ignoring such aspects I note.

            imo, I think we would all better serve the Meta as a whole by looking at overall trends rather than nit-picking numbers in that are really in the ones or twos, sometimes in the hundreds.

            Which is why I like Maria’s graph showing the hypergrid enabled Meta gaining more use than the SL business model some are doing, over time.

  6.' Cao says:

    Any thoughts on the big uptick in land area last May or June? It may be coincidence, but that is when Linden Labs let out the news about work on Second Life version 2, which caused a big uproar in Second Life.

    •' Geir Nøklebye says:

      If you look at the SL Gridsurvey page there is nothing special going on with the SL landmass around that time, except the general decline which I mostly attribute to the SL Marketplace that has reduced the need for in-world storespace owned / rented by merchants.

    •' Minethere says:

      that was when Virtual Worlds Grid added large varregions…the details are in past articles here during that time period, if you wish to research it…

  7.' Ravelli Ormstein says:

    The website of the Metropolis mentions 4,457 regions in total, but only 1,729 are online. In most cases those regions are not available or teleports fail, exploring there is just a waste of time. So, calculating here with 5,963 regions is pretty optimistic.
    Like Eryn suggested before, I would also exclude the OSGrid regions from the calculation, or better all offline regions on any grid.
    Since many regions in those OpenSim based grids are uncultivated, experimental or temporarily it might be better to calculate the average number of avatars per region (avatars on grid / regions online) and track this over time.

    • Most open grids keep regions on the map, and their spaces reserved, even when they’re not online. Many home-based regions are used only in the evenings, for example, or just on the weekends, or only for particular events.

      Open grids typically have policies in place for removing regions that haven’t been online for a certain length of time — a month, say.

      OSgrid run regular region cleanings to take unused spaces off its map.

      I haven’t removed OSgrid from the list because the first couple of months, I was expecting it to come right back up — and then got in the habit. Hopefully, by the middle of the next month, we’ll know what’s going on with it.

      Dividing active users by total region counts is a pretty useless calculation, as I’ve explained over and over again.

      Here’s why: Compare two grids. One is just one region, with a busy bar. The second grid also has a busy bar region, but surrounded by pleasant park land and open seas people people could sail if they want. The number of active users is the same on both grids. is the first grid “better” just because the population is more densely concentrated and the second grid “worse” because it’s surrounded by pretty scenic land?

      •' Geir Nøklebye says:

        Land area and number of registered and active avatars on a grid are all useful metrics, but the metric that perhaps is most useful to me is concurrency; what is the chance of meeting someone else on that grid and how much is it really used.
        I guess for many grids, including my own, concurrency would approach zero many days, while some have a couple hundreds at best.

        •' Han Held says:

          > what is the chance of meeting someone else on that grid and how much is it really used.
          > I guess for many grids, including my own, concurrency would approach zero many days, while some have a couple hundreds at best.
          ^^^^THIS, so much THIS^^^^^
          That is the entire problem with the public-accessible grids; people log on to them and they’re ghost-towns. Touting larger land masses won’t fix that.

          I think the hypergrid meet-ups are a good thing and they give people a chance to meet; but even those are small potatoes (and are a band-aid at best). I’m not sure how to fix this problem –but people logging on to empty grids and subsequently writing off opensim is the largest problem that the platform faces.

          People sign on to be with people, and if there’s no people to be with, most of them are not gonna sign on a second time.

          •' Geir Nøklebye says:

            Yeah, it is not so easy to fix because a lot of opensim grids (and standalones) have owners who are on a quest to “make it work; run a grid on my own because I can; make a grid because SL is waaaaaay to expensive; “, and they are pretty content when they have reached the goal of their quest. – Which most likely don’t have the social aspect into the equation at all.

            So there is very large acrage sitting there virtually “untouched by the reaches of civilization” if anyone cares to visit these areas.

            I think it is extremely important to acknowledge that without the above, there most likely would not have been an opensim platform at all. Some of these people will continue to make up to substantial contributions to the technical aspects of the platform.

            The “problem”– if we can call it that, is teething problems commercial grids have in establishing themselves, and doing so as small pockets of content and users where they often become invisible to most others. (Any grid over a certain size have to commercialize themselves to be able to survive, unless they have a big (public) uncle picking up the bill.)

            While it will be possible for these grids to (slowly) grow on their own, OpenSim as such, needs a quest of its own to grow substantially. The key will be to find this quest.

            In my view the key is to focus on market creation, and this needs to permeate down to both grid owners and developers. – Who needs to work in unison on this quest.

          •' Han Held says:

            I think that it’s better to accept opensim for what it is, as it is and get away from the mindset of trying to monetize everything and trying to clone SL’s success.

            The idea being -figure out where opensim’s strengths are, then play to those and market those.

            I’m not against market creation -I’d simply suggest creating the right market, though. Trying to remake SL isn’t gonna work; if it was, inworldz would have a concurrency in the thousands, not hundreds.

          •' Geir Nøklebye says:

            Market creation is not so much about monetizing but rather creating oportunity for your product (opensim). It is about talking advantage of the product’s sweet spot and widening it, in addition to widening the use envelope of the product. One thing working in product management has taught be is that people will always use, or try to use your (software) products in ways the developers and marketeers never had thought of, and sometimes this can by itself create new markets or interesting use cases.

            Market creation is also about ease of installation, ease of upgrading, ease of maintenance (developer), ease of administration, flexibility, scalability and cost of ownership.

            While cost of ownership of opensim seemingly is low, it can soon become pretty costly the moment you try to move from the realm of the hobbyist/enthusiast/bleeding edge tech guy to running a grid for many users. – Which is why people monetize it (unless they have deep public pockets), and why they try and reimplement SL (financial) models.

            On the other hand mimicking SL is currently the product’s sweet spot either which way you see it, the only differentiator is Hypergrid. Hypergrid is simple, but Hypergrid is also super challenging because without discoverability it is almost as impossible to navigate as the www would be without effective shared search engines, and the physical world without mapping.

          • I would love, love LOVE to track concurrency. This would require that more grids posted these stats in an easy-to-scrape format. Ideally, a separate stats page, with no graphics, no other content, just the stats, to make it easy to load, and easy to update.

          •' Han Held says:

            You can’t track what isn’t there -and that’s the problem.
            It’s not a numbers problem -numbers can be gamed a variety of ways. It’s a people problem and it’s a matter of getting people in to virtual worlds and spending time in them. There’s no silver bullet that’s gonna solve that, no cheap and easy fix.