Grid outages bring stats down in July

Several grids did not report numbers this month, resulting in a drop in active users of 3,209.

Avination was down this month, as were Virtual Dream, My Virtual Community, and Cyberface. Some grids, such as Activity Ds stopped providing active user numbers. In addition, eight of the top ten most popular grids lost active users this month.

The total number of standard region equivalents on the public grids is now 59,400, up by 44 regions since last month despite the outages. The total number of registered users is 476,743, down by 76,120 due to the loss of Avination’s 81,321 registered users. The total number of active users is 30,823.

Despite the drop in user numbers, many grids saw land growth this month. Atek gained 417 new regions, Kitely gained 376, Loff Virtual Worlds gained 256, Metropolis gained 244, Baller Nation gained 194, and StarLight World gained 180.

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.

Popularity

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.

Most grids lost active users this month, possibly due to summer vacations, or maybe because folks were out chasing Pokemon.

DigiWorldz lost the most active users, at 412, OSgrid lost 352, Virtual Brasil lost 179, the EdMondo educational grid lost 138, the Great Canadian Grid lost 129, Metropolis lost 120, Activity Ds lost 118, and Kitely lost 101.

Top ten most popular grids:

Meanwhile, 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.)

Avination outage

On July 4, Avination suffered a “catastrophic data loss,” the grid announced. Fortunately, the grid had current off-site backups, so no data was lost.

But the grid decided to switch hosting providers and finding a new vendor, then moving all the data over, will take several weeks.

Customers who rent land for the grid will not be charged during the outage.

“We have narrowed it down to a few companies but we’re still negotiating,” a grid representative posted on Avination’s Facebook page on Saturday. “Once we’re settled with one hoster, restoring will start. Depending on their ability to restore directly from hard disks, it will take another few days to weeks until we’re fully operational again, I’m afraid. Avination users have created terrabytes of data during the years.”

Avination is one of the oldest commercial grids on the OpenSim platform, but has lost both land area and active users over the past few years. Last month, it had a total land area of 493 regions, down from a peak of 1,163 in 2011. And it reported 448 active users, down from a peak of 3,770 in 2011.

AviWorlds launches new grid with free region offer

(Image courtesy Avi Brasil.)

(Image courtesy Avi Brasil.)

AviWorlds, a grid popular with Brazilians, has launched a new grid specifically for users in Brasil.

Avi Brasil will be offering free regions to new residents who sign up before August 1.

It will be a sister grid of AviWorlds, grid owner Alex Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business, launched because of the changing demographics of the original grid. “AviWorlds has had more Americans than Brazilians.”

Transitions

The following 38 grids were suspended this month: 4Addiktion Grid, Anda World, Austria Grid, Avares, Avination, Bearly a Grid, C4 OpenSimulator, CyberFace, Eureka World, Fantasy World, Galaxylandia, Habitat7, Hiro’s PC, Kotori, Majickal Network, MajWorld, Micachee 1, Montefiorino, Moses, Nichtort, NurbsHouse, Paradise World, PeerWorld, Pixel Planet, Planet Einstein, Psychedelia, R5Academy, Serenity, SimValley, Six Sides Grid, Twilight Grid, Tyland, United Kingdom, University of Cincinnati OpenSim Virtual Campus Grid, Virtual College of The Siskiyous, Virtual Designers World, Virtual Dream, Yugen World

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.

July 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, 278 of which were active this month, and 203 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.

  • Thanks again Maria-) Looking at some numbers you post, it is interesting to point out that of the top 10 grid actives 9 are within the Hyperverse umbrella. This single thing says a lot as to where the growth is and trending.

    The total of those grids, with the stipulation that there is a vast and uncounted amount of other places connected via the Hypergrid, as most of us know, comes to 15,407.

    Many of us are also aware of the various issues causing the, not really accurate numbers in this case….DDOS attacks. downtime, and other issues that tend to skew things when dealing with such low numbers in the first place.

    Still and all, the Hypergrid connected Hyperverse is doing extremely well.

    I would suggest to people who have not made the jump to any of the hypergrid connected places, at least look at them for themselves and make their own studied opinions. It is an increasingly viable part of the Metaverse which, as some may be surprised to find, full of Artists and Creators sharing and imagining, many who still use SL, without the artificial limitations closed commercial grids do in order to increase the ROI.

  • I just got updated numbers from Atek and The Adult Grid, and have updated the story.

  • I didn’t know about Avination being the sufferer of a catastrophic data loss. This happened at just about the same time as OSgrid had issues with the asset server. They do run the same asset server.

    • Drang Po

      Is there somewhere that lists how to set up the new database? I remember reading that OSgrid had someone come in special to help them set up the new system…. anyone?

      • I believe the database is the same, just that textures and such are not stored in the database tables, but on a file system.

  • Talla Adam

    Wrong address on July Data Table, Maria.

  • Alex Ferraris

    Thanks Maria for the article. 🙂

  • Congrats to all.
    Part of the DigiWorldz drop in users was due to the “Bot” testing we did last month. We had created and logged in 350 “Bot” avies to test regions.

    • oh man that was so much fun 😀

    • Thelma Marks

      So your saying bots effect the metrics and are counted as actual online users?

      • Not to me, but a quick answer just trying to be helpful. The short answer is no.

        btw, I love Lepidoptera also-))

        • Thelma Marks

          I’m very fascinated by stats that HGB provides, I use them to show my friends on SL that things are growing and slowly one by one I am able to bring people over. Was a bit worried by Butch’s statement that the numbers increased because of Bot Testing. I was always under the impression that stats did not include bots.
          I’m glad to hear you are also interested in the same thing I am, since being a small girl I have always collected and studied them. Be nice if I could have a virtual gallery of my collection.

          • You could have a virtual gallery of photos of them-) In fact there are several people who will host Artistic things for free.

            The longer answer on the bots is also if they are using them as individual accounts or if they are NPCs. Sometimes the “bot” and “NPC” get confused. http://opensimulator.org/wiki/NPC

            In any case, the trends show a good upward climb. There are not the SL numbers in active accts, maybe will never be, but there is enough going on to keep one busy if they follow them.

            Here, for instance: http://opensimworld.com/

          • Thelma Marks

            To date I have brought exactly 33 people from SL that have stayed in Opensim and now make it their home. May be a good idea for me to open a gallery I’m thinking about one in Kitely.

          • ah, that’s nice, especially if they like it enough they tell more friends. I always say there is no reason why one can’t do both, many do.

            Use opensim to have fun without the artificial SL limitations (eg much larger linksets, many more prims, much more land, hypergating, varregions)…it’s all fun.

            And many others from SL are around, some still doing both.

            I think there is someone in Kitely who offers free Gallery space. You could ask here https://www.kitely.com/forums/ and their pricing is similar to most other opensim grids. Posting in their forums is a worthy use of time-)

  • BOTS DO NOT count in the stats. If anyone can show me how a bot can be counted let me know. lol. I have only seen SL bots count never an Opensim ones. BTW not sure if IW bots are counted.

    • actual bots are counted because they are actual avatar’s but controlled by a different kind of viewer called a bot program like pcampbot.exe that is included in the opensim source code and binary’s.
      NPC’s are not counted because even though they appear to be avatar’s, they are not actually logged into the grid like bots are and npc’s are controlled by a in world LSL/OSSL/C# script that is inside of a prim.

      • You are right Chris. I meant NPC’s. I make the same mistake others do. All we have is a few NPC’s doing jobs like reception & clean the floors. lol