AviWorlds now accepting reservations for free regions

AviWorlds is coming back, grid owner Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business today. The Avi-Labs OpenSim hosting will also return, he said.

“People can already order their free regions,” he said, even before the grid is back up. “When they sign in, their regions will be up.”

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Alexsandro Pomposelli

The free region will have a maximum capacity of 15,000 prims, he said. Creators who bring in content for the grid can request a 45,000-prim two-by-two varregion, he added. Residents will also be able to get one free region export per month. This is also called an OAR backup, and allows residents to restore earlier versions of their builds, or move their entire regions to other grids.

To request the free region, people should send an email to [email protected] and provide a name for the region they’d like to reserve, the avatar name, and an estate name.

Pomposelli said that he doesn’t yet have a date for the official relaunch.

“In the meantime, I am in talks with two investors, and also with my new tech person,” he said. “I am doing this very slowly and carefully. I am also recruiting new help that I can trust and will not try to take over the business or invade our servers and illegally take the database and crash the services.”

AviWorlds shut down for the ninth time late this summer after a series of problems with its servers. Pomposelli accused his former head of technology and one of his customers of causing the problems, and both the customers and his tech expert, Josh Boam, left the company and launched their own hosting firms.

AviWorlds welcome region. (Snapshot by Maria Korolov.)

AviWorlds welcome region. (Snapshot by Maria Korolov.)

Former residents lost access to the AviWorlds grid, and many have still not been able to recover their content.

Pomposelli said that he does not have the region backups.

“Restoring peoples regions will depend on my former employee’s willingness to send me the data which he is holding illegally,” Pomposelli said.

AviWorlds has shut down nine times so far, not counting outages.

By “shut down,” I mean that users lost their regions and inventories and any money they had in in-world currency, social media pages were taken down, the website was taken down, and there was an official announcement that the grid was closed. The grid has also been down other times, for temporary technical or other reasons.

Pomposelli also has a very problematic history with former business partners, and with vendors who provided him with hosting services. I’m going to go into all of it again, because when AviWorlds shut down last time, customers told me that they didn’t know about Pomposelli’s history and suffered losses of time, money, content, and — for customers who hosted their entire grids with him — saw their own brands damaged in the fall-out.

Pomposelli routinely blames his services providers, business partners, and employees for problems.

For example, he was the first — and, so far, the only — customer to complain about OpenSim hosting vendor Dreamland Metaverse. He was also unable to make it work with Zetamex, or as an enclave on the Kitely grid.

Two years ago, when he closed AviWorlds yet again, he decided to give the grid away to his then technology manager, Mike Hart. He changed his mind almost immediately, resulting in a several months-long battle over the grid’s content, domain name, and users.

This fall, the fallout from the most recent collapse was even broader, and extremely virulent, with accusations of hacking, incompetence, failure to pay salaries and server rental fees, and theft flying back and forth.

Pomposelli also has a history of experimenting with different business models. While this is not, in and of itself, a problem, the constant stream of changes makes things very unpredictable for in-world merchants and residents.

To date, AviWorlds has tried:

The newest business model, which seems to include free regions for all, seems equally unlikely to be sustainable.

For those tempted to give AviWorlds another shot, I have the following recommendations:

  • Do not create content on this grid. Create your content elsewhere — on a region hosted on your home computer, on OSgrid,  in a Kitely sandbox, or anywhere else, really — and import it to AviWorlds.
  • Keep your primary avatar on another grid, and teleport in to AviWorlds to visit. Or, at least, have a secondary avatar on another grid, and make sure that that avatar has copies of your most valuable content.
  • If you build, make regular backups of your builds. For example, by taking advantage of AviWorlds offer of free monthly OAR exports.
  • Do not invest more time or money than you can afford to lose.

Finally, if you are a grid owner, I do not recommend hosting with Avi-Labs. There are many other providers with good track records. You can check out the ratings of the top three, Dreamworld Metaverse, CloudServe, and Zetamex in last year’s hosting survey. The full list of companies offering hosting for OpenSim grids is here.

And if you are considering partnering with Pomposelli, I recommend that you look at what happened to Mike Hart and Josh Boam. If you do go into business together, then at least do so with your eyes open and take precautions to protect your own brand and reputation.


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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.

50 Responses

  1. jsimmons@johnsimmonshypertext.com' John Simmons says:

    Deja Vu! fool me once, shame on you, fool me NINE TIMES, shame on me!

  2. netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

    I have requested MARIA to take this article down.
    All she knows how to do is to put me down and judge me. One sided opinion that is always against me as you all can see here.
    Please take this article down now.

  3. skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

    “Restoring peoples regions will depend on Josh Boam’s willingness to send me the data which he is holding illegally,” Pomposelli said. This is outright slander and it will effect my business I will request that my name be taken out and referred to as ex employee. This has no foundation for truth and is liable on your part for posting this. Please remove my name from the posting asap please and thank you

  4. skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

    referring to me with out accusations is ok but this is going too far. None of the aviworlds data remains I have however on multiple occasions attempted to contact Alex to give the avi Brazil backup that was saved. He accuses us of streaking when our job was to backup data. I would strongly recommend thinking extremely hard and do your research before spending and precious time in anything linked to the owner. Just my 2 cents

    • netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

      I have emails from AviWorlds residents telling me you offered them their regions OARs if they paid you a fee and I know you have given OARS or back ups to more than one resident. Its not me saying anything it is the residents who have contacted me complaining that you wanted to charge them for their own OARs.
      I have tried contacting you many times asking for AviWorlds data back and you have not responded. I have not received any email from you regarding AviBrasil’s data which you shouldnt even have either.

  5. services@farworldz.com' Talla Adam says:

    You couldn’t make this up!

    • netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

      I guess I love the game and cant resist. Its like ice cream. FEED YOUR IMAGINATION! FEED IT!

      • cinder.roxley@phoenixviewer.com' Cinder Biscuits says:


      • skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

        Alex. You have been contacted multiple times. If you want to make talk email me and let’s talk. Proffisionalisam is key and blasting false statements only hurts us both and does not solve anything. This being said your free to contact me anytime as long as your respectful

        • 1derful61@gmail.com' 1derworld says:

          Only when a few grid owners and region owners clearly told me Josh and they Quote. “Josh says he will give me my regions and store if I pay him $50 USD”. How is this possible when he has no authority? Seems all data from Aviworlds and Avi-Brasil suppose of went down with the ship. Shakes Head.

        • lkeels@keelstech.com' Lee Keels says:

          For fuck’s sake….your is not the same as you’re (you are). GET IT RIGHT so your stuff is comprehensible.

  6. netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

    I think that the phrase never give up means something to me. The very fact that I never gave up and keep coming back should tell all of you here something. That perhaps I am right and if I was the cause of all the shut downs I would have remained down and never had tried again. Maria is being ONE sided only and even when I have emailed her PROOF of what I am talking about here: it has been ignored. She is against me and my grid and my hosting company which hasnt even been up yet. How can you judge ?
    Thomas Edison failed 40 times to create the LIGHT BULB…
    I am going to try again even when the odd is totally against me I dont care.

  7. lmpierce@alcancemas.com' lmpierce says:

    So far, two comments have been deleted… outright flame wars are not permitted.

    • I saw a comment in my inbox from Alex asking for me to take down this article, I don’t see it here — maybe it was moderated, or Alex took it down, but I do want to address the issue. First, if something is newsworthy, it’s newsworthy. I don’t normally write about every single grid that pops up — there are a lot of them — just maybe mention them in a monthly report. In this particular case, it deserves a news story because Alex has repeatedly been able to attract residents to his grids (real, active residents, as confirmed by outside hosting companies) and, most recently, actual grids as customers as well. I fully expect him to attract new customers.

      Some of those customers, after things go sour, email me to complain that they didn’t know about the history before signing up with him. And when they do ask about previous problems, they are told that the earlier problems were all someone else’s fault, and that it won’t happen again. Potential customers don’t normally go out and track down the someeone else to get their side of the story.

      So I try to do that here. This time around, Alex seems to be focusing in on Josh Boam as the cause of the problems. Making that comment public in this article means that Josh has an opportunity to respond, in public — and potential customers can hear both sides before making decisions about where to invest the pretty large amounts of money that running a grid involves. When things turn sour, it is possible to switch hosting providers if you are a grid operator. But it is not easy, ESPECIALLY if you don’t have all your own backups.

      This is CRITICAL, folks. As this whole mess illustrates, a lot of problems could have been avoided if everyone — Alex, individual residents, the grid customers — had their own, up-to-date, offline backups.

      Storage is cheap, and backups don’t just protect you against problems with your hosting company, but also against ransomware hackers, and even from yourself — if, say, you mess up a build really badly, you can go back to a previous version if you had backups.

      When you choose a hosting company, ask about backups. The best ones offers self-serve, on-demand, instant backups of individual regions and individual user inventories. If you have those, you can restore a grid. Even better yet, are complete database backups. If you are moving from one hosting company to another, the good ones will talk to each other, and make arrangements to move the entire grid over via the database files, so you don’t have to reassemble it from individual pieces. Good hosting companies understand that sometimes you want to move to a different vendor, and that if they make the process smooth, you’ll recommend them to other customers in the future, and come back again when you have a project that fits with their services.

      • netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

        That is the reason Iam offering everyone free oar back ups if requested.
        This will put to bed all the worries.
        I was going to give up but something keeps pulling me back in.
        I am not here to blame anyone but it is what it is.

      • 1derful61@gmail.com' 1derworld says:

        If he goes through with it (Putting the Grid Online) most all will return, Its just how it is. Bad gossip is better than no gossip in Aviworlds case.

      • whiny@sharklasers.com' Christopher Strachen says:

        You do it for the page clicks duh.

        • I think I ran the numbers on this recently — about 75% of my readers right now come for VR stuff. Of the 25% or so who come for OpenSim each month, a fifth come for resources like the active grids list, where to get content, latest stats reports, that kind of thing, and the rest are distributed among all the other articles, including some of the older ones. This month, this AviWorlds story viewers accounted for fewer than 400 out of over 110,000 readers.

  8. skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

    This is the second notice to remove my name from any accusations on this page

    • netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

      Josh stop being so sensitive . Criticism is something u need to be able to handle.

      • skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

        How many times do I have to say that I have been trying to contact you since your dissapearing act. If you really want to get things sorted and get the files I have saved and have been trying multiple times to give to you unblock me or stop ignoring my emails and quit with this slander of me holding your data. Your not allowing us to make contact and as far as Aviworlds data you yourself know that the servers were shut down you prevented any backups from occurring for any users inventorys or grid assets. Now with this said if you want to get what data is left. You know how to contact me as it seems your not getting my emails or are ignoring them.

  9. netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

    I have a complaint to make. Everytime Maria places my picture here it comes out bald . I think it is some kind of conspiracy against me.

  10. dollyd2016@outlook.com' Dolly Dot says:


  11. tonyanytime247@gmail.com' Tony Anytime says:

    As the AviWorld turns…

  12. skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

    Thanks For withholding my comments for moderation before they are posted 🙁

  13. skylifegrid@gmail.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

    Isso é tudo o que eu tenho Se você tivesse de deixar o download terminar, teríamos sido capazes de recuperá-lo todo .. Eu não tenho certeza que nunca o seu pensamento, mas eu sempre fui ajudá-lo e me sinto muito decepcionado por você depois de todos os Trabalho duro eu fiz .. Eu, por favor, pedir que você parar com a calúnia pública e seguir em frente com sua vida como eu tenho Este é todos os arquivos que eu tenho e nada mais se você precisar de ajuda para classificá-los Eu posso ajudá-lo a começar, mas avi Brasil está completo e tem todos os usuários e inventário você deve ser capaz de iniciar a grade como se fosse o dia que caiu e tudo será o mesmo …. Realmente gostaria que você teria falado comigo antes de começar toda essa merda louca Sobre nada que nunca foram para você e apenas sua para ajudar. NÓS todos perdemos mais do que apenas dinheiro sobre isso, tivemos uma boa amizade ou então eu pensei .. Time conserta tudo, mas ainda realmente dói … Diga Joe Builder David Butter para me deixar sozinho também Ou seu traseiro será em merda com o local PD Estou farto das mentiras dele.
    (Zip File Link enviado para o e-mail de Alex)
    Eu mandei este mesmo arquivo para você muitas vezes agora e você deve ter conseguido isso há Mês atrás
    Vou ajudar a configurar o avi Brasil se você paga o meu tempo Eu trabalho de consultoria agora para grades e cobrar 25 por hora com um mínimo de 2 horas a maioria das coisas podem ser classificados em menos de 2 horas … você manter seus próprios servidores e ter alguém Como eu corrigir problemas se eles surgem Você sabe como executar a sua própria grade, mas você só precisa de ajuda com certin coisas … Estou ajudando um monte de novas pessoas agora e até mesmo alguns antigos que estão agora em lutas com Gênesis … Nós Estão todos no mesmo negócio e nós devemos nos dar bem e não lutar.
    P.s Eu não falo com quill mais realmente e não trabalharam com ele em meses .. Eu faço todas as coisas agora eu e seu muito melhor desta forma. Realmente não sei por que você ficou louco todos nós estávamos tentando proteger os servidores como eles estavam sendo hackeados e tinha pensado que dia que aconteceu novamente, então fomos e mudou a senha pensando que era um hacker, MAS antes que você poderia entrar em contato conosco para Pergunte o que estava acontecendo você explodiu nos formulários dizendo que nós bloqueamos você quando nós só mudamos os PW’s para manter os hackers para fora que pensávamos que estavam Em Mas você não teve a chance de se comunicar com a gente e saiu em um rampage líder Para todos nós fugindo e você me acusando de toda essa porcaria quando o tempo todo estamos ajudando Essa é a parte que me frustra. Também a parte que eu estava gastando meu dinheiro da vida real também para manter os servidores vivos para os usuários quando você simplesmente desapareceu, então sim, eu sinto que eu também foi dada a merda final do pau depois de tudo que eu fiz para você fazer isso. 🙁 anywho 31o Bd é em poucos dias ficando velho lol …. Mantenha contato homem eu sinto sua falta de uma maneira Só não todas as besteiras que tem acontecido.

  14. netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

    Josh Boam has given me AviWorlds / AviBrasil files. I do thank him for stepping forward in a positive way. As I have always said Josh Boam is a very smart young man who has alot going for him but he does make mistakes sometimes and makes bad decisions which at the same time will give him a chance to see the correct path to success in anything he does.
    We ALL make mistakes and we ALL like to be forgiven. Hell I made a lot of mistakes in my life and also with my grid AVIWORLDS. I have tested and experimented with virtually all types of business modules.
    This has given me knowledge a powerful tool we need to succeed and know which way to go or not to.

    I have made a decision to bring AviWorlds back online but I will wait for the next available RELEASE. Should be soon.

    Thank you ALL

    Alex Ferraris. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49bf77408a655acd44871d860b5f8508eb5896509b0a503e72e5d3cc378b2f14.jpg

    • whiny@sharklasers.com' Christopher Strachen says:

      Does this mean we can go back to sucking each other’s tiny winkies in the comments and in the bedroom?

      • netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

        No but I would love to have you in my team if possible. I think you are very talented and I love your work Christopher.

  15. jessicarandomme@gmail.com' Jessica Random says:

    To borrow and “fit to purpose” one of my favorite quotes from my favorite high fantasy novels:

    The Wheel of AviWorlds turns, and iterations come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the iteration that gave it birth comes again. In one iteration, called the Ninth iteration by some, an iteration yet to come, an iteration long past, a rebirth rose in the Mountains of OpenSim. The rebirth was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Aviworlds. But it was a beginning.

  16. netinterprizes@yahoo.com' Alex Ferraris says:

    Let me give you all a different perspective of all this.
    As you can see above Maria has pointed out that I have basically tried ALL kinds of different business modules. I have tried them all to tell the truth.
    With all this in hand I can surely say that I have encountered all kinds of problems and I had to find ways to resolve them. I HAVE EXPERIENCE with hands on.This practically makes me an OPENSIM MASTER and I am not saying this to make myself big among others. It is simply the truth.
    Google not long ago was advertising LOOKING for people who had failed before and they explained why. The reason is simple… When someone always win they cant resolve problems as well as a person who has had that problem.
    A person who has failed has a lot more potential then the one who hasnt because he or she knows the solution or the way to do it right next time or not to do it.
    The same applies here.
    Yes I want to bring Avi-Labs back and AviWorlds.
    Yes I have failed many times and have learned a lot.
    Yes I have ALL the experience you would want to have plus!
    Yes I have faced many obstacles, difficulties and problems and that makes me UNIQUE and experienced.

    • dragon@stargazer-genesis.com' Dragon Heart says:

      Alex you need to take a long hard look at things and i do mean a long hard look, dosome research on those that left you where are they now, what are they doing, why are they where they are now, what have they done diffrently.

      (Not boasting here) take GMV (Genesis MetaVerse) when we were with you as our hosting provider we had around 30 users and around 10 regions, things wernt good at all, now take a look at our stats today, over 300 registered users and well over 600 regions (only 7 are Genesis Owned) now whats that tell you.

      Take Josh for another example, yes he reopened skylife couldnt make it work out and joined with sinful, he knew when he was beat and joined forces with another grid so his users would be happy and still have a place to go.

      You have tried and failed so many times alex, yes its good for a while but when the fire ets hot enough you tend to bail out and let everyone else sink with you and turn around and blame everyone else exept yourself, take the last closure for example, you blamed my tech team, you blamed me, you blamed our servers, then when you saw i wasnt biting you turned your full attention on josh, quill and chris all these were helping you to build the avi brand including us who repaired quite a bit of the code (hence our now own fork Cobra)

      You have tried many business models yes thats true, but non worked, why because in all honesty you dont have what it takes to be a business man (no insult intended) you couldnt keep it open when people were paying you good money, what makes you really think you can keep it open with nothing comming in in return.

      I persnally really dont think OpenSim is for you, sure grids come grids go on a weekly basis, but alex you need to look at your past, OpenSim doesnt need this if its to grow and supress the other grid (you know who i mean) take a look at things dont be tryin to come back just to get a rouse out of everyone thats the wrong way to do it, if your going to come back then take a long sit down plan ahead not a spur of the moment dessision, but i honestly think that OpenSim is not for you and you need to look at cornering some other market, maybe minecraft, counterstrike servers, who knows but Opensim you really cant handle.