Despite the August heat — at least, here in the northern hemisphere — total region counts, user numbers, and monthly actives were all up in OpenSim.
Or perhaps it was because of the heat, as people opted to stay inside, at their computers, in the air conditioning.
There are now the equivalent of 65,122 standard regions on OpenSim’s 317 active public grids, a new record high. There are also 469,433 registered users and 31,134 active users, an increase of 5,208 registrations and 1,105 actives, respectively.
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Of the top ten most visited grids this month, six lost active users. InWorldz lost 207 actives, but also had the most to start with, so the loss was probably barely felt. Other grids that lost users this month were two of the three biggest open grids, Metropolis and Craft, as well as the commercial grids Great Canadian Grid, Avination, and YrGrid.
Top ten most popular grids:
- InWorldz: 7,013 active users
- OSgrid: 3,283 active users
- Metropolis: 2,956 active users
- DigiWorldz: 1,285 active users
- Great Canadian Grid: 1,107 active users
- Island Oasis: 951 active users
- Craft World: 925 active users
- Kitely: 900 active users
- PNA Grid: 846 active users
- Avination: 824 active users
- YrGrid: 644 active users
DigiWorldz increased its ranking on the top-ten list, moving up ahead of the Great Canadian Grid for the first time. It was also the single biggest gainer, with 372 new active users over the past 30 days.
The grid only made the top-ten list for the first time last month, after the most successful debut this spring of any OpenSim grid. DigiWorldz is a hypergrid-enabled commercial grid that offers $16 varregions regions that can be configured as up to 16 standard regions in size. It recently settled an ownership dispute which seemed to temporarily threaten the grid’s growth.
Craft and Island Oasis switched places, and PNA Grid — which just changed its name from Sunlight Grid — made it to the list for the first time.
“Sunlight Grid was a nice name but Sunlight is a name that is used a lot on the web and makes it hard to search for the grid on Google,” grid founder Alexandre Abrial told Hypergrid Business.
Abrial, who is known as Paela Argus in-world, said that the new name is based on the three owners of the grid — Paela himself, Natiala Seiling, and Archaos Dovgal.
In another big change, the grid has turned off hypergrid connectivity.
“There were a lot of problems with the permissions and it’s better for the creators on the grid,” he said.
The grid first launched last July, and now has 60 servers, and a resident population that is 90 percent French.
With PNA’s decision to leave the hypergrid, non-hypergrid-enabled grids gained a net of 417 active users this month, but the growth was still outpaced by the hypergrid, which gained 738 active users. Currently, 73 percent of all public grids are on the hypergrid, accounting for 93 percent of OpenSim’s total land area.
In addition, since the hypergrid allows the movement of avatars, content, and messages between grids it is, in effect, one very large virtual community, while each closed grid is isolated from all others.
We have one new grids added to our database since this time last month, My Damn Grid, which offers “capture the flag” role playing regions. The grid’s tagline is “Everything is free. Why? Because it’s My Damn Grid!” Follow them on Twitter at @MyDamnGrid.
The following 23 grids were suspended this month: A3D, Allegro, Ardalia, Cyber Life, DigiSoul, DIY, Firecracker Grid, FleepGrid, FNV, Hakusan, IEK, Italiani at Reading, MagicForest, Matrix, Relaxing in Moonlight, SilverSky, SimudyneGrid, Simugrid, SuziWorld, TIMV, Tyland, UniSA OpenSim, Virtual Photography Gallery
Firecracker Grid shut down this month due to some real-life commitments, grid owner Suzy Silverweb informed Hypergrid Business.
The grid had just four regions and a couple of dozen active users but no paying customers.
“It was just me and a few friends,” Silverweb said. “I didn’t have any rental regions.”
Everything is backed up in OAR files if she decides to bring the grid back up, she said.
“For now I have a four-region megaregion, hypergrid enabled, on Kitely called Suzys Shopping Mall which contains most of the grid welcome area things,” she said.
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.
August 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 1,102 different publicly-accessible grids, 317 of which were active this month, and 233 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.
- Virtual Worlds Grid: 19,868 regions
- OSgrid: 9,868 regions
- Kitely: 8,814 regions
- Metropolis: 6,821 regions
- Lost Paradise: 2,781 regions
- Atek Grid: 1,966 regions
- InWorldz: 1,559 regions
- SimValley: 1,163 regions
- DigiWorldz: 981 regions
- AviWorlds: 568 regions
- Avination: 559 regions
- Great Canadian Grid: 554 regions
- Virtual Highway: 551 regions
- ZetaWorlds: 455 regions
- 3rd Rock Grid: 434 regions
- Littlefield: 344 regions
- FrancoGrid: 343 regions
- Open Virtual Worlds: 320 regions
- Pleasure Island: 291 regions
- PNA Grid: 278 regions
- Meet Instantly: 266 regions
- Island Oasis: 219 regions
- SirinHGpole: 204 regions
- Craft World: 196 regions
- SkyLife: 184 regions
- DreamNation: 183 regions
- Anettes Welt: 168 regions
- OpenSim.ru: 165 regions
- Adreans-World: 159 regions
- Japan Open Grid: 155 regions
- Tangle Grid: 147 regions
- ZanGrid: 138 regions
- EdMondo: 128 regions
- Dorena’s World: 127 regions
- YrGrid: 121 regions
- Encitra Home Grid: 115 regions
- Nemesis 3D: 113 regions
- GerGrid: 112 regions
- Infinite Grid: 105 regions
- Virtual Life: 103 regions