Regions drop on Metropolis cleanup

The total number of standard region equivalents dropped this month on OpenSim’s public grids due to a large cleanup of orphan regions on Metropolis.

The grid removed around 1,600 unused region reservation slots from its grid map.

The total number of standard region equivalents on the public grids is now 56,535, down about 1,100 from last month. The total number of registered users reached 542,076, a gain of more than 8,500 registrations, and the total number of active users was 34,784, up by about 300 from last month.

The Atek Grid was the biggest gainer this month, with 906 new regions, followed by OSgrid with 508, Kitely with 365, Lost Paradise with 233, AviWorlds with 105,  and The Adult Grid with 43.

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.


When it comes to general-purpose social grids, especially closed grids, the rule of thumb is: the 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.

DigiWorldz gained the most active users this month, 334, an increase of 25 percent. Virtual Brazil gained 191 for a new high of 505 actives – just short of making this month’s top ten list. The Great Canadian Grid gained 160 actives, Craft gained 128, and the Russian CyberFace grid gained 93, almost doubling its size to 192 active users.

Top ten most popular grids:

However, the hypergrid as a whole is beginning to function more and more like one large grid, with an increasing number of multi-grid events, communities, and groups.

Active users on the hypergrid, InWorldz, and on other closed grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Active users on the hypergrid, InWorldz, and on other closed grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

The Adult Grid adds marketplace, forums

The Adult Grid's new welcome center. (Image courtesy The Adult Grid.)

The Adult Grid’s new welcome center. (Image courtesy The Adult Grid.)

Since a change in ownership at the end of 2015, The Adult Grid has added a marketplace and forum, and redesigned its website and welcome center, grid owners announced in a press release today.

The maximum prim size has already been increased from 256 to 1,064 meters, and regions can now be paid for using the local grid currency, TAG Bucks.


The following seven grids were listed as suspended this month:  FreeLand, Koeberle, Our Hometown, Rutgers University Virtual Worlds, Shadow of Your Mind, Tertiary Grid, Virtual RP.

Grids that have been suspended for more than two months will be 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.

May 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 1,158 different publicly-accessible grids, 304 of which were active this month, and 207 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 here. A 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.

16 Responses

  1.' Da Hayward says:

    Good Stats maria
    However The AviWorlds figure I din’t understand. DOR has 8 Var regions on the Aviworlds grid each the size of 64 standard regions bringing total area for DOR to 512 std regions.
    But great report

    • They don’t show the data for the total land area on their stats page, and I emailed them twice to get the numbers with no response.

      •' Da Hayward says:

        lol that sounds about right. I’ll mention that to Alex he was saying the other day AviWorlds is equal to around 1670 regions .
        But these stats are good as I mentioned in another post the Open Sim grids seem to be at least making some effort to work together and at the end of the day that’s where the strength will be.

  2.' Rone VB says:

    good statistics
    i’m glad to know that our work in Virtual Brasil 3D is generating good results!

  3.' Carlos Loff says:

    Virtual Lisbon has a landmass equivalent to 273 single 256X256 regions but the stats page only shows the number of VARs – 18 – calling them regions

    It is ok with me because stats pages is something I don’t know how to tune code and do not have time to learn

    But since it surely may happen with other grids, I just wanted to point out that stats seam to be non objective thowards reality

    • My fault — I meant to send you an email asking for updated numbers, but your email address got left off. I’ll update the report.

      •' Carlos Loff says:

        You are doing a lot lot already, no stress and I did not forget to send an updated article on Lisbon´s new opened features, just need some days for final tweaks, thanks

  4.' Alex Ferraris says:

    It is really amazing …so If I do not respond to the email you send that means AviWorlds lost all those regions? AviWorlds gained regions did not loose nothing.
    AviWorlds has now 1755 regions in land mass count.
    A more appropriate way would be keeping the last region count from the last stat report. Not to lower the amount providing a total wrong number. Please Maria correct the information you have on the top because it is not the correct one.

    • Thanks, I’ll update the story. Some grids set up an automatic email to me once a month, around the 14th or so, with their data. Others put it up on a stats page of some kind, or otherwise make it accessible. I’m hesitant to just run the previous month’s numbers since grids do fluctuate quite a bit in size.

  5.' Sugar Paolino says:

    Hi Reality Check. Island Oasis was up and running like normal. We had issues with our web host which only affected our website. Our website was not down for 2 weeks. It was on and off for 8 days. So your statement is false but thank you for watching what IO is doing. Since we have opened the hypergates we have many new HG friends that like to visit IO often. I look forward to seeing you and everyone in Island Oasis. Have fun.

  6.' Da Hayward says:

    i think the term bogus is the wrong term to use. Maria receives these figures from the grid owners & presents them on here with information she has gained from them.The statistics suggest a growth in Open Sim & also a more positive outlook for all of us.
    I honestly see no reason for any of the grid owners to hydraulic their traffic numbers and don’t believe the majority do such a thing.

  7.' Minethereé says:

    So the takeaway from this is that there was a net increase in regions, that the bigger gains were on 5 of 6 hypergrid enabled grid/worlds.

    That closed commercial grids lost actives, such as, 110 from Avination, 427 from Inworldz (which follows more declines in past stats ( ), Virtual Highway and The Adult grid…although of course we are only discussing numbers in the double digits, for the most part, some certainly want any positive numbers they can get.

    The top five highest number of regions are all hypergrid-enabled.

    The top five who gained active users are hypergrid-enabled (tho I could not confirm Virtual Brazil or CyberFace..if not then the top 3).

    “However, the hypergrid as a whole is beginning to function more and more like one large grid, with an increasing number of multi-grid events, communities, and groups.” THIS is important to highlight, because the nature of hypergrid-enabled places is very conducive to collaborative efforts spanning many different types of places, to communicating with friends in other enabled places and allowing easy access to many events and explorations.

    For example, I joined a hypergrid events group in CGC and when I am online I get those notices and can go there and place the events from other places I know about.

    The only real flaw is we cannot get those IMs and group notices when offline and I have no clue how that could be fixed. I don’t personally see that as a big deal really…everyplace has its need to find workarounds.

    I get to attend Art places in Digiworldz (the recent exhibition by Spiral Silverstar being one…which included a region sized Artistic vision by an SL person new to OpenSim), large social and dance events such as the weekly OSGrid party, regular exhibitions in Craft-World, Metropolis, Francogrid, and so many others…each having its own individual and unique “flavor”…there is the upcoming FrancoGrid Fest’Avi where both art and vision combine with tech and NPCs are absolutely amazing and sans exception anyplace else…where they also give away for free some of the most unique full avatars seen in OpenSim…each year!

    In any case, things continue to look good for the future of the Hyperverse.

    Thank you Maria for doing all this for us-)

  8. I got updated stats from AviWorlds, Neverworlds, Loff, and the Adult Grid, and have updated the story.