OpenSim passes 70,000 regions

OpenSim crossed the 70,000 region milestone this month, with a new land area total of 71,034 standard region equivalents. It also crossed the 34,000 active users mark for the first time.

OSgrid, Metropolis and Kitely were the biggest gainers in land area, with 1,272, 305 and 297 regions added, respectively.

There are now the equivalent of 71,034 standard regions on OpenSim’s 314 active public grids, a gain of 2,093 regions. There are also 496,344 registered users and 34,160 active users, an increase of 8,794 registrations and 622 actives, respectively.

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

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

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.


The big surprise this month was the GreekLife grid, which gained 530 active users and appeared on the top-ten most popular grid for the first time ever. GreekLife is a Greek-language, hypergrid-enabled grid that we only began tracking this past April. Late this summer, the grid only had a dozen active users, and this month, it reported 922.

I couldn’t find any big events mentioned on either the grid’s website or its Facebook page to explain the sudden user growth, but am hoping to hear back from the grid owners soon and, if so, will post an update.

Top ten most popular grids:

Craft dropped from eighth to tenth place this month, with a loss of 126 active users, allowing Kitely to move up in the list.

None of the other top-ten grids by popularity posted any big growth numbers, but some smaller grids did do well.

A Life Virtual, despite its generic name, more than doubled its active users, gaining 193 for a new high of 277. We only started tracking this grid last month, which seems to be affiliated with the ShoutCastNet audio streaming service. The other notable feature about this grid is that it’s offering 15,000-prim full regions for just $10 a month, making it one of the lower-cost OpenSim grids.

Educational grid EdMondo also nearly doubled its active user base, with 159 new actives, for a new total of 335. The grid held a conference in late October, “The virtual school: first national meeting on immersive education,” where I gave a presentation about the hypergrid and virtual reality. The grid is owned by Indire, the National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research, which is the oldest research institute of Italy’s Ministry of Education.

And the Belgian grid Logicamp gained 101 actives, for a new total of 587 — a new record for the grid. Logicamp is a French-language hypergrid-enabled grid, and one that we have been tracking since 2010. It has been reporting slow but steady growth for most of its history, but has more than doubled its traffic since the start of this year.

This month, hypergrid-enabled grids gained a net of 321 active users, while the closed grids gained 294. Currently, 73 percent of all public grids are on the hypergrid, accounting for 93 percent of OpenSim’s total land area and 65 percent of its active users.

Hypergrid actives have recently been growing faster than those on closed grids, where InWorldz accounts for the bulk of the activity.

Hypergrid actives have recently been growing faster than those on closed grids, where InWorldz accounts for the bulk of the activity.

Grid News

In quick news this week, Nara’s Nook has moved servers and lost its avatar database and friends lists in the move.

“I am my new hosting provider,” grid owner Nara Malone told Hypergrid Business. “It’s more work, yes, but to do the kind of envelope pushing projects like Immersive Edge require I need access to the server to a level that is not allowed from a hosting provider. The problem with the database is that we had converted to a file format SRAS that no one else seems to know anything about and I know least of all. No one knew how to convert it back to the standard format so I had to start fresh.”

Great Canadian Grid celebrated its second birthday on November 13, and the party was livestreamed on the GCG Cam on the grid’s new YouTube channel. Roddie Macchi also told Hypergrid Business that the grid is now fully licensed with Canada’s SOCAN so that it can legally stream copyrighted music. And he reminded folks that region prices are going up in January from $10 to $25 Canadian, but people who rent earlier will have the lower prices grandfathered in for as long as they have the region.


We have eleven new grids added to our database since this time last month: Genesis Global Journey, Windring, Nextlife World, JJIE Virtual World, SPBs-Welt, 4Play, Habitat7, Tom World HG, 4Addiktion GridBaller Nation, and Nara Malone’s new immersive storytelling grid Next Dimension Tales.

The following 23 grids were marked as suspended this month: 3DHappiness, 3rd Name, A3D, Annuna Grid, Art-z Exposed, Creative Citizen Grid, Hosting Virtual Worlds, LabVirSD, Lost World 2, Majickal Network, Mundo Sur 3D, O2Grid, Our Own Designs, Project Blank, Psychedelia, Radiola, Rescue Grid, SPH Places, TaylorWorld, Troppo Club, vCaltech, VIBE: Delvalle, and  VIBE: Showcase.

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.

November 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 1,109 different publicly-accessible grids, 314 of which were active this month, and 231 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.

27 Responses

  1.' Minethereé says:

    The hyperverse, all places connected via the hypergrid, continue to forge ahead, and much is happening in that space. This bodes very well for the future.

    btw, the raw stats shows a 404

  2.' Alex Ferraris says:

    AviWorlds also gained alot of regions from 800 so now over 1190 regions. It wasnt mentioned.
    I still dont see the top 10 grids post events full of people or at least show a thriving economy as AviWorlds has shown and was victim of scrutinized criticism and even threatened to be banned from the top ten list two years ago because of lack of proof. All I see are these grids showing 800 and above numbers so easy and with no proof. Just saying. I am sure the top ten grids would have no problem to show proof and come out of the shadows.

    • Alex —

      I had AviWorlds at 1111 regions in mid October, and 1190 regions today, so an increase of 79 regions. You guys were at 800 regions back in September.

      I have been in contact with grid that suddenly show high traffic numbers and do ask about the reasons for the increase.

      I’m sure you don’t want me to accuse grids of having incorrect stats without some hard evidence, right? Right? As you yourself point out, just because a grid doesn’t have a big social media presence, or a calendar filled with events, or other evidence of activity, doesn’t meant that they don’t have users! After all, AviWorlds has none of these things.

      •' Da Hayward says:

        Hi Maria.
        Yes you are correct about numbers, the activity in AviWorlds is on the increase, i can only speak for myself but the last 3 months have been hectic setting up regions especially the Super VAR,
        One thing I will add though is I enjoy your articles and don’t see them deliberately critical of any grid… I think this is the attitude that should be adopted through the whole of Open sim,
        I also know that Alex has been working “overtime” to make a go of this and slowly but surely we are starting to see the benefits of his efforts.
        Really I give the whole team a pat on the back for a job well done

      •' Alex Ferraris says:

        None huh. U must be blind because I post at least two videos of events every week. Lol

        • Alex — I meant that I can never find an events calendar for your grid, and the only social posts are from you. Which reminds me — what are you guys doing for the holidays? Do you have events planned? Hunts, religious services, shopping specials, give-aways, parties? Do you have special regions up?

          •' Alex Ferraris says:

            Hmm? So it is just social posts? So if I do not post a calendar it means it did not exist or it doesnt count? Can you elaborate on this a little more? Are you using the old theory that if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear the tree actually did not fall? It didnt happen? I always post a calendar whithing AviWorlds blogs and groups in Facebook and also Google Plus. Most of it is done inside AviWorlds where our community is.
            For example this event you see on the video above was posted and advertised before hand. What I am saying here is that I do not see people anywhere when I TP to these TOP ten grids. I said it.

          • Alex — No, I’m saying the OPPOSITE. You’re complaining about OTHER grids with high stats, but you haven’t heard of them before because they’re not highly visible.

            And when you TP to MOST grids, they’re empty — people come for events, and to work on their own projects. If you show up when it’s not the middle of the event, everyone’s quietly off doing their own thing.

            You need to have a public event calendar, with dates and times, so you know when to come and see people. All grids do!

            Meanwhile, what is the link to your calendar?

          •' Alex Ferraris says:

            Maria, Aviworlds has over 7 events every week . Tonight at 18 hours NY time there will be The Rock party, I will need a helper just to post. All the events that happen every day. Events are a daily activity in AviWorlds.

          • If you set up a grid events calendar, you should be able to post recurring events, and only go in and modify them if something is different for a particular event. It’s good to have a public calendar, so other people can find out about events and attend them.

          •' Alex Ferraris says:

            Just today we had 3 events. I dont have time Maria. I will get someone to make a BLOG just for AviWorlds events and even a magazine. Thats an idea!

          • You don’t need a blog. You just need a calendar. A regular Google calendar that you can embed on your website should take about 30 seconds to set up, and it’s all you need. People can then subscribe to it, pull events from it, etc…

      • oh god not this drama again? Alex, these monthly stats has nothing to do with events. And the “top 10” are using a php/asp/cfm script that pulls the numbers directly from their database.
        Let’s not have a repeat of a year ago where accusations of “faking numbers” happened.

        •' Alex Ferraris says:

          Well Maris said here that AviWorlds did not have any events. So here it is just to show it. But anyway its all good.

  3.' 1derworld says:

    Numbers can be fudged, I’m sure many do it to gain popularity. I know for sure a few on the top 10 use alot of white out. Just sayin

  4.' Didier says:

    Thanks for the mention Maria 😉 Just a question is there some problems with the publicity on your website? i don’t see my ad. Thanks.

    •' gabegw11 says:

      Yeah I second that as I don’t see any ads for a week or so now.

      • Very weird! Do you have an ad blocker running?

        I use Google Doubleclick for the ad service, and it tracks where the ad appears and whether it’s been seen or not. According to today’s report, the Logicamp ad has been seen 5,699 times so far this month.

        If other ads are showing up, but not this one, do keep in mind that Google has an algorithm that tries to optimize the number of clicks that an ad gets. So it might show it to certain people, certain geographies, or at certain times of the day more than others. (Nobody knows how it works, but the more people see the ad and click on it, the more money Google makes with most of its ads, and it probably uses the same artificial intelligence on all its ads, including the fixed-rate ones.)

        I’ve uploaded the chart below of how often the Logicamp ad has been seen each day so far this month.

        And a screenshot I just grabbed of the homepage.

        •' gabegw11 says:

          Very strange it is also this way on my iPad and iPhone, I am noticing some ISPs are starting to block advertisements. Maybe that could be it? Nope don’t have an ad blocker sometimes wish I did!

          • Very weird. I can’t imagine why an ISP would block ads. Would you want to piss off Google?

            So here’s a quick recap: Rent land from Kitely, Dreamland, Galaxims or Logicamp and support Hypergrid Business. Also, add the OpenSim Community Convention — Dec. 5 — to your calendar. And Amazon is having some kind of Black Friday sale.

    •' Shy Robbiani says:

      I still see the ads.

  5.' Carlos Loff says:

    Im very proud to own 0,4% of those 70000 – 256 on Aviworlds and 16 on Digiworldz = 272 Regions

  6.' Shy Robbiani says:

    Im wondring where the big decrease of regions in OSGrid comes from, 27% is a lot.

    • Ah — Thanks for catching that!

      That should be 11,444 regions. Weird!

      • More info: OSgrid has a total land area of 750 square kilometers, which is the equivalent of 11,444 regions. It comes up as 7,000-some regions on their home page, because their automatic counter counts varregions as a single region, no matter the size.

        Varregions offer a number of advantages for users, so people have been converting megaregions and single regions to varregions at a rapid pace.

        So, say, you used to have nine region in a three-by-three megaregion. The website would count that as nine regions.

        Then if you converted it to a three-by-three varregion, the website would now count that as just one region.

        So the total land area stays the same, the amount of stuff on the regions stays the same, but the region count has dropped!

        This is why I’ve been asking grids to send me total land area in square km or meters when they have varregions on their grids, or do the calculation all the way through to standard region equivalents.

        The formula is: regions = square kilometers * 15.2587

        To get the square kilometers, use the console command: SHOW GRID SIZE

        With OSgrid, I email the grid’s managers each month to get this data.