Regions grow, activity slows on OpenSim grids

OpenSim’s land area hit a new high this month and more than 9,000 new users registered on the grids, but active user numbers slipped by 672 as we enter the summer months.

Number of standard region equivalents on OpenSim's public grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Number of standard region equivalents on OpenSim’s public grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

OpenSim grids gained 1,733 new regions, for a new total of 62,995. The gains were almost all on the hypergrid. Closed commercial grids only gained 20 regions this month, compared to 1,694 on the hypergrid.

Kitely was the biggest land gainer this month, with 602 new regions. The grid announced a major price charge at the beginning of June, eliminating metered pricing and lowering the cost of the two top plans by 60 percent.

The price change was well received, the company said.

Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

“Enough people have ordered one of these new world options to offset the revenue loss we had from our existing users switching from our old offering to the new, lower-priced one,” Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business.

Atek Grid was in second place with 394 new regions, Virtual Worlds Grid gained 276, and DigiWorldz, currently embroiled in an ownership dispute, gained 257 new regions.

All of the above grids are hypergrid-enabled.

Total regions on the hypergrid and on closed OpenSim grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Total regions on the hypergrid and on closed OpenSim grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

There were 324 active grids this month, a drop from last month’s 364 grids, as many small or educational grids were suspended.

For those who are new readers, OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region — compared to $300 a region for the same land in Second Life. A list of hosting providers is here. Download the recommended Firestorm viewer here. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.

Popularity

There were 31,397 active users this month, 672 fewer than last month. Two-thirds of the losses in active users were on closed grids.

The hypergrid now accounts for 62 percent of all active users. Closed grids account for 38 percent — however, InWorldz alone is 24 percent of all active users, leaving all other closed grids to share just 14 percent of OpenSim’s active user base.

Active user growth on the hypergrid has been dramatically outpacing that on closed grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Active user growth on the hypergrid has been dramatically outpacing that on closed grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Some grids did gain active users this month, however. DigiWorldz gained 179 new active users — just two active users shy of making this month’s top ten list. The Great Canadian Grid gained 156, hitting the 1,000 active user mark today. Lost World gained 122 new users, and the Mobius grid gained 114.

Only one closed commercial grid gained any active users this month, and that was Virtual Highway with 85 new actives.

Here are the ten most popular grids this month:

The biggest loser this month was Avination, the second most popular closed commercial grid. It lost 271 active users this month. 3rd Rock Grid lost 235 active users. YrGrid lost 217 active users, OSgrid lost 195, and Virtual Worlds Grid lost 121.

Transitions

We have four new grids added to our database since this time last month, including Eureka, Matrix, HomeStoneGrid, and ProgramLama.

The following 46 grids were marked as suspended this month:  2142, Algrid, AngelFire Grid, Arianrhod, Beverkenverlt, BioMed, Broncoland, CableGrid, Cryospia, CS4162, Dawn Grid, Dracsoom, EMS GRID, Euro Netz, Excelsior Station, FarOutWorld, FleepGrid, Galactic Systems, Gorean Grid, Grid Worx, Guaraldi Lab, HDD VR, Hillies Dreamland, Hogwarts, makland, Matrix Grid, MetroEMS, New Vexillation Chauken, Odessey, Open 3D Chat, Pacifica, Prommise2, Rez Day, Rons Grid, Smoke Grid, Sub Oceania, Third Nation, Universidad, V-ALERT Mainland, Virtual Designers World, Virtual RP, Virtual Taos, Virtualife, vmetu, VUCC, and Your World.

Grids that have been suspended for more than two months are marked as closed. If your grid isn’t on the active grids list, and not on the suspended list, and is marked closed when it shouldn’t be, please let us know.

And 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.

By “public,” we mean grids that allow hypergrid visitors, or have a website where people can register for or request accounts.

June 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 1,089 different publicly-accessible grids, 324 of which were active this month, and 246 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.

  • Great to see the HyperGrid growing and congrats to all.
    Nice to see our community continue to grow.
    Nice job Roddie @ GCG…. Maybe you’ll be in the number 3 spot next month – your active user numbers are awesome and you are keeping me very busy! Keep up the good work over there!

    Thank you to all of the DigiWorldz users for your continued support, you are the reason we do what we do. 🙂

    Just a note.. in the article you mentioned that 3rd Rock Grid lost one of it’s founders to DigiWorldz.. I am presuming that was me, I’m still there taking care of the servers/back end, but I no longer do any marketing or manage the day to day operations there.
    I manage the back end for DigiWorldz, The Great Canadian Grid, and 3rd Rock Grid… I’m the grid monkey for these grids. 🙂