DigiWorldz grid launches with $8 regions, panoramas

DigiWorldz launched this week, a new filtered grid from one of the founders of 3rd Rock Grid and digital worlds hosting and consulting company Digital Worlds Group.

There were more than 30 new grids in the latest Hypergrid Business monthly stats report, but DigiWorldz stands out not only in the caliber of its backers, the professional design of the website and grid, but also its introductory land prices and its panorama preview tool for OpenSim’s hypergrid destinations.

Welcome region on the new DigiWorldz grid.

Welcome region on the new DigiWorldz grid.

500 regions at $8 each

The grid has set aside 500 regions at the introductory price of $8 for 15,000 prims.

Normally, $8 only gets 5,000 prims. Large varregions are also available — a two-by-two varegions with 20,000 prims for $32 and a three-by-three varegion with 45,000 prims for $72.

Even though it only launched recently, the grid already has the equivalent of more than 300 standard-sized regions.

“And 95 percent  are paid regions,” Michael Sietz, CFO for Digital Worlds Group, told Hypergrid Business. “All of the paid regions came about since March 1. [Founder] Terry [Ford] is adding regions as fast as he can type them in. I don’t know why we held off so long to open.”

Most of the region rentals are going to individuals, Sietz added.

“We are encouraging people to think in continents — to join other people with similar interest around someone who want to run a community based on a theme,” Mark Wiseman, CEO of Digital Worlds Group, told Hypergrid Business.

Digital Worlds Group also serves corporate clients, but they typically get their own grids, he said.

“They don’t use OpenSim for its social online aspect, but as a mock-up tool or to create derivative products,” he said.

Hypergrid preview panoramas

If you’d like to show off some of OpenSim’s prettiest regions to your friends — without having to go in-world — send them a link to the DigiWorldz panoramas. Right now, there are eight different locations from seven grids, and more are expected to come.

The grid also a hyperport hub region up that takes hypergrid travelers to the destinations featured in the panoramas.

“We have two hubs up, each with seven destinations,” said Sietz.

In addition to the hub with the panoramas, a second hub goes to the welcome areas of some of the biggest hypergrid-enabled grids.

“We are creating not just a grid, but a platform that will allow us to show off OpenSimulator and help position the software as the engine for the metaverse,” said Wiseman in a press release. “It’s time to help everyone dive in.”

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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.

36 Responses

  1. gawlabdkr@gmail.com' PralineB. says:

    Welcome to this new Grid and bravo for this great tool for discovering the metaverse. A nice kind of business card for regions !

  2. bell.wings@gmail.com' Sunbeam Magic says:

    I have been to DigiWorldz and found it most intriguing and easy to explore! I especially liked Ironbridges region and Tommy Parrot’s Pangea continent! Congratulations and much success on your new grid Terry, Michael, and Mark!

  3. bell.wings@gmail.com' Sunbeam Magic says:

    I have been to DigiWorldz and found it most intriguing and easy to explore! I especially liked Ironbridge’s regions and the Pangea continent! Congratulations and much success on your new grid Terry, Michael, and Mark!

  4. mrsietz@wavecable.com' Michael Sietz says:

    Here you are folks. Sorry about the delay.


    • me@timothyfrancisrogers.me' hack13 says:

      We are actually trying to build a database of information so when they click on it, they can find out the hosting provider(if provided), Grid Owner, etc. There is a link about it on the board at the hypergrid address mentioned above to submit the information.

      We want to help promote the metaverse, but with more information about the grids your going to. Things like, company, geographical location, and so on.

      • geir.noklebye@dayturn.com' Geir Nøklebye says:

        21:55:45 – [ENTITY TRANSFER MODULE]: Teleport of Gavin Hird from XMIR:andwest to Welcome was refused because

        • me@timothyfrancisrogers.me' hack13 says:

          what is the because reason? we are building our own version of opensim, and testing it on Zetamex, the more details you can provide the better. Just send them over to me at timothyrogers[at]zetamex[dot]com

      • bryanf37@gmx.com' Bryan French says:

        Do you honestly think hosting providers are going to welcome their hosted grids giving this information to a competitor? What assurance do grids have that you are not going to contact them in an attempt to have them switch from their provider to Zetamex? What other things are you going to do with the information use it to compare the number of grids on each provider vs Zetamex?

        • me@timothyfrancisrogers.me' hack13 says:

          @bryanfrench:disqus I thank you for your positive feedback, we were attempting to make this a public database to allow people to search and learn more information about their destination. Yet another method to search by, however with your feedback we are taking under consideration the information we want to collect. We saw this as a way for hosting companies to show off the clients that were willing to say who they are hosted by. However, we greatly appreciate you giving this positive feedback.

          The information we will now collect will only contain: Grid Name, Grid HG URL, Tag Line, and Website.

          Users requested a board that had a lot of information, and we originally started this project to assist with travel due to the many issues that currently still plague Maria Korolov’s Hyperica System. We have listened to the people, and are releasing it 100% open source under the GPL v2 License.

          Zetamex cares about customer’s data, this is why Zetamex is still the ONLY provider to offer a true End to End 100% SSL Encrypted connection, from the point of order to the point of controlling your region. We value all people’s feedback, and thank you greatly for your opinion @Bryan French.

  5. lawrence_pierce@sbcglobal.net' lmpierce says:

    Just a reminder to all… Flagging user comments is for bringing to my attention comments that violate the discussion guidelines. Flagging comments for any other reason will not result in comment removal. Without a doubt we all hold views others may find disagreeable and this is permitted. The discussion guidelines can be found here: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/about/discussion-guidelines/

    You can also email to me at: [email protected]. We might not agree on whether a comment is acceptable, but your concerns will be taken into consideration.

  6. frankcorsi@yahoo.com' Frank Corsi says:

    Best luck to you Michael in your new business venture. Your website looks great! Very nice logo.

    • me@timothyfrancisrogers.me' hack13 says:

      I agree, I wish you the best of luck Michael Sietz and Terry Ford! I highly recommend checking these people out, I know Terry personally, and he is an amazing developer. Not only that, he can travel circles around me on Windows servers, so if you go with these guys your in great hands.

      • Butch Arnold says:

        Thanks Tim… I appreciate the kind words.
        I always steer anyone looking for linux to you.. as we would be the wrong choice for those looking for linux hosted services.

        • now thats what i love to see 🙂 two hosting providers working together for the same common cause instead of against each other. Way to go terry and tim 🙂 now if only other companies would do the same, then maybe ill think about returning to opensim.

          • Butch Arnold says:

            Thank you for the kind words Christopher… we’re always happy to work with others. We should all remember that we all share a common goal.. to improve the OpenSim experience for the end users and to spread the word about this platform we all enjoy so much.
            We do not see other grids and hosting companies as competitors, we each have our own niches that each can service.. and there is plenty of room for all of us.. this market is growing every day and as OpenSim improves and we reach more people and can provide them with great service it will only help us all.
            If Tim does a great job for a new user.. then that user will go away as a believer in OpenSim and will help to spread the word..and maybe someone they talk to will end up at Dreamland, or Cloudserve, or any other provider… it will be good for all of us.
            Even end users will benefit as new people come in.. some may decide to help develop OpenSim, other may become content creators, others may start new hosting companies.

  7. tenly.sl@gmail.com' Tenly says:

    Dont bother with Digiworldz. I tried to contact them because I had questions I wanted answered before I decided to join. The email response I got was that they couldnt be bothered. I was told they only answer questions for current members. Not prospective members. Apparently Digiworldz prefers not to court new users. Business must be pretty great when you can turn away prospective customers. Thats okay, there are plenty of other virtual worlds out there who don’t mind taking the time to answer prospective customers simple questions.

    • 1derworld1@gmail.com' Dominic C. says:

      Thx for the heads up.

    • mrsietz@wavecable.com' Michael Sietz says:

      Tenly, I am very sorry for your experience with what I am certain are valid inquiries. I have spoken with both Mark and Terry and of the only 3 owners, none of us received any communication from you. Please feel free to contact me personally if you feel inclined to resolve this issue. “[email protected]

    • mark.john.wiseman@gmail.com' markjohnwiseman says:

      Hi Tenly, please post that email you received right here. We have nothing to hide, and all our emails are signed with our names personally. Please let me know under which email address you contacted us and at which email address you sent your questions so we can track this back. I would like to know who in our well trained team sent you something like that. I will get to the bottom of this.
      Mark Wiseman, CEO for Digital Worlds Group

    • Butch Arnold says:

      Hello Tenly,
      I can assure you that anyone with questions are more than welcome to contact anyone in our team. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I am more than willing to answer opensim, programming, or server related questions for anyone if I’m asked, no matter if they are a client of mine or not.
      As a new company it would be very foolish of anyone in our team to answer in such a way.
      Maybe you could resend your questions, or.. post them here so that everyone can see our answers.
      It would be most helpful if you could identify the DigiWorldz person you exchanged emails with. The only people authorized to speak on behalf of DigiWorldz is in fact Michael Sietz, Mark Wiseman, or myself (Terry Ford).
      None of us have received any email similar to what you’ve discussed above.
      Thank you.

    • ooogla@mailinator.com' Oogla says:

      Yes I agree with ya. Everyone should come to Atek Grid or rent a region from Cloud Serve. They have amazing prices and a very professional and kind staff. Be careful with non professional grids and services. Many sketchy companies out there wanting to sell you a region. Hosting your own region at Atek Grid is FREE! Check it out today or Get a region from Cloud Serve and get it done right the first time.

  8. zeta.mistwalker@gmail.com' Zeta Mistwalker says:

    As Community Manager for Atek Grid I welcome any enquiries from potential members, My Help Team and I support all visitors and community members – and if we don’t have the answer immediately we will find it and get back with a followup.

    • mark.john.wiseman@gmail.com' markjohnwiseman says:

      That sounds like a good skill set and customer service attitude. Will look you up when we hypergrid over 🙂

  9. ooogla@mailinator.com' Oogla says:

    For those of you wanting a reliable hosting company please come and check out Atek Grid or Cloud Serve they are here for all your service needs and get the job right done the first time. Atek = FREE host yourself.

  10. tenly.sl@gmail.com' Tenly says:

    On Mar 24, 2015, at 11:16 PM, DigiWorldz Hosting wrote:


    Your email to our support system could not be accepted because it was not recognized as coming from an email address belonging to one of our customers. If you need assistance, please email from the address you registered with us that you use to login to our client area.


    • Butch Arnold says:

      FOF… Hello Tenly, That’s not an email that came from us. You can contact me any time at [email protected].. or as I stated, ask your questions in public.. we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Thank you.

      • lawrence_pierce@sbcglobal.net' lmpierce says:

        Hi Butch,

        I have to say, I have just had the same issue arise. I sent an email to your specified address, and it was returned with the same message noted above. If you like, I’d be happy to work with you on resolving this.

        Alternatively, I also found a Contact Us link on the Customer Portal page. It appears to allow non-registered persons the opportunity to contact DigiWorldz. However, it generated the same rejection notification.


        Lawrence Pierce,

        Your email to our support system could not be accepted because it was not recognized as coming from an email address belonging to one of our customers. If you need assistance, please email from the address you registered with us that you use to login to our client area.


    • Butch Arnold says:

      Tenly.. I believe you may have gone to our customer portal in error? Located here: http://dwghosting.com/contact.php
      That page is indeed for customers of DigiWorldz.
      You can however simply send an email to [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you. Sorry for the confusion.

    • mark.john.wiseman@gmail.com' markjohnwiseman says:

      Hello Tenly, Thank you for this latest post, it has helped us fix this teething problem that never showed up during our testing.We have found the offending form that required a customer to be a client before letting you send an email. We have now set it up to allow anyone to send off a message to us, not just registered clients.
      We apologise for the stress this has created for you and would like to offer you a region for free for the next 6 months as compensation and to try us out. I have found your original email to us and will respond to that more fully. Sincerely, Mark Wiseman, CEO Digital Worlds Group.

  11. nacyyoutoo8167@aol.com' Nancy says:

    While i was about to go back to second life after spending 3 years in a grid that claims it has more active residents then the next big four combined with the frustration half truths like that bring…well i tried digiworldz and guess what i found the whole reason i left second life to be in a better place

    not all “worldz ” are created the EQUAL in my struggles i have found so below are positives

    land is much cheaper 8 dollars vs 75 dollars
    positive community with no feelings that im being left out or others getting speciel treatment with that being said i just felt like i could speak without the worry of reprisals or a founders wrath
    my homesteads do not have to be connected to my main region
    everyone can rezz on all of our regions
    founders who work to help improve opensim ..they see use as part of a larger metaverse
    glad i gave it a second chance
    i can buy inworld or thru the Kitely marketplace : BEST OF BOTH WORLDS”
    optional hypergrid ..no one trying to scare me that monsters lurk in hypergrid..residents giving choices.

    Like all places nothing is perfect with fitting everyone needs but after 3 years i did find a place like secondlife but better that i hoped for.

    • Nancy, just going to point out that in Digiworldz 8.00 is for 5000 prims. A fantastic deal indeed but the 75.00 regions you are speaking of on the other ‘worldz’ have more than 6x the amount of prims, so you can’t really compare those directly. And the 75/month is still only a fraction of SL (1000.00 set up plus 295.00/mnth and only 15000 prims on SL) – so still a great deal. Is it as good a deal as some of the smaller grids? Maybe not – but each grid has something very special going for it and the great thing is, we have choices. And yes, truth is, that other ‘worldz’ does have more online users than the next top 4 combined. It is a large community. In the 3 years Ive been there, Ive had nothing but a great time. But I enjoy the hypergrid also and so like to have a Hypergrid Home
      So… went in to visit Digiworldz today and I’ll say that it was far smoother than any other OpenSim grid I’ve been on lately. Maybe due to less traffic? Or maybe just great servers.. no idea. But the people were friendly, the land well priced and it definitely has lots of potential. Nice 🙂