OpenSim numbers down as two popular grids drop stats

Key OpenSim stats fell this month, as two popular grids — InWorldz and The Adult Grid — opted not to report their total land area or their active users.

InWorldz has been the most popular grid every month from 2012 on, and had 5,276 active users last month. However, both their active users and total region numbers have been falling over the course of the past year and, saying that they didn’t want to be unfavorably — and, they said, unfairly — compared to other grids, they stopped publishing these numbers.

The Adult Grid did not explain why they stopped publishing their stats, which have actually been rising recently. The grid was on our 25 most popular grids list last month, as well.

“The amount of registered users will be the only one provided as seen on our website,” grid co-founder Constanza Amsterdam told Hypergrid Business.

The Adult Grid reported 355 active users last month, and the equivalent of 428 standard regions.

Mostly as a result of these reporting changes, but also due to the loss of a few hundred active users on  OSgrid and Metropolis grid, the total number of active users went down by 6,140, for a new total of 30,588 active users this month.

Both InWorldz and The Adult Grid are closed grids, meaning that users cannot connect home-hosted regions, or teleport to other grids.

Without their numbers, the proportion of active users who are on hypergrid-enabled grids has risen to 97 percent, up from 79 percent last month. Again, this does not mean that 97 percent of all active OpenSim users are on the hypergrid. It means that 97 percent of users on grids that report their stats are on the hypergrid.

We now have 230 active hypergrid-enabled grids in our database, 45 grids that are not on the hypergrid, and four grids that we haven’t yet figured out — Atlantis, Moonlight Grid, and OpenSim Pride 2017.

The total number of standard region equivalents also fell, by 468, for a new total of 73,420. The hypergrid now accounts for 97 percent of reported land area in OpenSim, up from 95 percent last month. The change is less dramatic because the InWorldz and The Adult Grid accounted for a smaller share of land area than they did of active users.

Registered users continued to increase, since both grids continued to report those stats, to 544,008. However, registered users totals only go down when an entire grid goes out of business, since grids rarely delete unused user accounts from the databases.

Biggest gainers in land area were ZetaWorlds with 1,644 new standard region equivalents, followed by OSgrid with 442, PMGrid with 338, Kitely with 329, and Genesis MetaVerse with 114.

Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

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.

OSgrid was the most popular of the grids that reported their numbers this month. Again, it is almost certain that InWorldz would have been at the top of the list if they were still publishing these stats.

Top 25 most popular grids this month:

  1. OSgrid: 3831 active users (HG
  2. Metropolis: 3427 active users (HG
  3. DigiWorldz: 1660 active users (HG
  4. Island Oasis: 1601 active users (HG Oasis)
  5. AllCity: 1439 active users (HG
  6. Kitely: 1370 active users (HG
  7. Great Canadian Grid: 1162 active users (HG
  8. Lost Paradise: 1062 active users (HG
  9. Craft World: 1050 active users (HG
  10. Genesis MetaVerse: 915 active users (HG
  11. Eureka World: 841 active users (HG
  12. Exo-Life: 646 active users (HG
  13. Virtual-EPI: 646 active users (HG event planners int)
  14. DreamNation: 583 active users
  15. YrGrid: 527 active users (HG
  16. Dynamic Worldz: 496 active users (HG
  17. EdMondo: 458 active users (HG
  18. ZanGrid: 436 active users (HG
  19. Virtual ABDL Grid: 415 active users (HG
  20. FrancoGrid: 408 active users (HG
  21. Anettes Welt: 352 active users (HG
  22. 3rd Rock Grid: 339 active users (HG
  23. Nextlife World: 327 active users (HG
  24. 3rd Life Grid: 319 active users (HG
  25. Logicamp: 274 active users (HG

We’ve added hypergrid addresses to the list this month, to make it easier for readers to visit the grids that are hypergrid-enabled. To visit other grids, please click on the grid name to go to the grid’s website, and follow the provided instructions to create a new avatar account and configure your viewer.

The biggest gainer this month was Island Oasis, with 195 new active users, followed by The Public World at 158, OpenSimLife with 123 new active users, Dynamic Worldz with 101 and Virtual ABDL Grid with 100.

Island Oasis also registered 633 new users this month, after launching a new marketing campaign for their free land offer.

That put the grid in fourth place in new registrations, after Kitely with 2,288 new registrations, followed by InWorldz with 1,781, and Emilac with 963.

The full list of all hypergrid-enabled grids, ranked by traffic numbers, can be found here.

Kitely Market now reaches 190 grids

Kitely Market, OpenSim’s online marketplace, now delivers to 190 grids. That’s more than two-thirds of the total number of grids in our database.

There are currently 9,347 products listed at the market, and these contain 17,768 product variations, of which 13,116 are exportable.

Growth in exportable and non-exportable content on the Kitely Market. (Kitely data.)

Ever since Kitely turned on the hypergrid export functionality, exportable content has been growing at a much faster rate than non-exportables, as merchants increasingly become comfortable to selling to the hypergrid.

However, non-hypergrid grids can also accept Kitely Market deliveries.

VirTec spending up

VirTec vending network processed $880 worth of transactions this month, nearly double last month’s $475. The network also signed up ten new merchants last month.

There were concerns earlier this month that the network would stop growing, or disappear entirely, when the owner announced that he would no longer accept new customers. However. DigiWorldz just bought the company, so that operations are expected to continue.

InWorldz accounted for the bulk of the purchases that were processed through the system, followed by the Great Canadian Grid and DigiWorldz.


March spending, in US dollars, on individual grids. (VirTec data.)

Gloebit usage continues steady rise

The total value of transactions using the multi-grid Gloebit currency rose 74 percent this month compared to last, from US $709.74 to $1,236.14.

The number of users on the platform rose from 471 to 576, an increase of 22 percent.

Gloebits are becoming a popular way to enable cross-grid shopping, with new malls on ZanGrid and other grids. Today, the virtual currency is in use on more than a dozen grids.

Gloebits transactions and user account figures. (Gloebits Data.)

Some grids have Gloebits as their official in-world currency, used throughout the grid. Other grids have Gloebits enabled on just a few regions, while using their own currency elsewhere, or leave the choice up to the region owner.

Genesis Metaverse revamps Welcome Center

The Genesis Metaverse grid redesigned its welcome center.

Some content was purchased for the rebuilt, but some was also created by grid residents, grid owner Cliff Hopkins told Hypergrid Business.

“It looks stunning,” he said. “The pictures really do it no justice.”

(Image courtesy Genesis MetaVerse.)

International Spaceflight Museum to launch next week

The International Spaceflight Museum, a Texas-based non-profit corporation solely supported by private donors and which has operated in Second Life since 2005, will have a grand opening ceremony for its Kitely branch of the museum at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, April 21 on Kitely’s ISMuseum region.

It will be a four-region world and open to the public, including hypergridders, ISMuseum president and founder Kat Lemieux told Hypergrid Business.

“The Grand Opening will include entertainment by Agatha, and a reading of a Robert Heinlein story by Seanchai, which we hope to broadcast into Second Life to demonstrate our new cross-grid communications capabilities,” she said.

(Image courtesy International Spaceflight Museum.)

The team wants to add new exhibits, new looks and a suggestion box where interested visitors can offer their ideas on how to enlarge and improve the collection.

The will be exhibiting a variety of items.

“Some of the exhibits include full-scale rockets, including a Saturn V and a SpaceX Falcon Heavy, and several Brazilian sounding rockets,” she said. “We also have full-scale models of several space probes and satellites, and a Lunar Rover, to name just a few of the attractions.”
The hypergrid address is


We’ve added 17 new grids to our database this month: Furry World, Caledonia, Hive, IMA Test World, Joy, MegrivaGrid, MysticGrid, Old Fuddy, Paradwys, S&B Airways, , Silberwelten, Snaketopia, That Place, U4ria Grid, Virtual Dreamz

The new grid will sell items that can be bought by all hypergrid users and taken to other grids.

IMA Test World, owned by the Infinite Metaverse Alliance, is another grid worth paying attention to. It runs on  Halcyon version of OpenSim, which was opensourced by InWorldz in 2015.

The new grid now has 31 users on its four public and three private regions. Infinite Metaverse Alliance is a research and development foundation that seeks to improve and streamline OpenSim code development, standards and technologies.

Infinite Metaverse Alliance also runs an Expo grid, a Community grid and an experimentation grid.

The following 14 grids were marked as suspended this month: 5DGrid Quest, AU Metaverse, CloneLife, Cuon, HyperWild, Iti Motu Resort, Keystone Grid, My Virtual 3D Life, Open Island, Our Hometown, Real Life 3D, Speculoos, Time Paradox, and V-ALERT Mainland.

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, it may have been 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.

In addition, if a grid wants to be included in the monthly stats report and the most active and largest grid lists, it needs to have a stats page that shows the number of unique 30-day logins, and the total number of regions on the grid. In order for the grid not to be undercounted, 30-day active users stat should include hypergrid visitors, and the land area should be in the form of standard region equivalents, square meters, or square kilometers.

April 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 1,232 different publicly-accessible grids, 278  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. And here is a list of all the hypergrid-enabled grids and their hypergrid addresses, sorted by popularity. This is very useful if you are creating a hyperport.

You can see all the historical OpenSim statistics here — dating all the way back to 2009. Including polls and surveys.

Below are the 40 largest grids by total land area, in terms of standard region equivalents.

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David Kariuki

David Kariuki is a technology journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review. Email him at [email protected].

12 Responses

  1.' Da Hayward says:

    Congrats to all the Grid’s mentioned

  2.' Talla Adam says:

    Thank you David. Great job and a shame that InWorldz chose to make themselves statistically invisible to the free Metaverse of which they remain a valued member regardless. The stats are not perfect we all know but they offer a trend and give some idea where the most action is likely to be found and that makes them useful and appreciated by most travelers I’m sure. But anyway, Hypergrid Business is living up to its name and that is good. I hope everyone had a nice Easter.

  3.' Minethereé says:

    I had noticed the drop of actives for Metropolis. It was going up and for something or other reason I can’t figure out, it slowed down. I think it is likely a fluke of some kind. It will be interesting to read how it does this month. But, of course, numbers don’t especially matter in Metro, to my thinking, as that isn’t really what the grid is all about.

    Numbers have just been a hobby of mine for some time.

    I didn’t realize Constanza was still around, I had been acquainted with her in my short time in inwz. I guess some of us old foggies will be around until the last pimple island is gone. Of course I have never logged into that grid either. I only HG for some time now and it keeps me busy enough.

    I do know she has close ties to inwz so perhaps her doing the stats thing similarly would be expected. It says she is a co-founder and a creator person whose name escapes me at the moment (but she was partnered to a guy who lambasted Linda and a guy I think his name was Michel or similar..even adding me into the frey with all sorts of conspiracy tales which turned very weird very fast) and Justin Case I think, who apparently died as I read someplace RIP, other, but it seems I read she sold her part. Just mindless conjecture on my part. I used to follow her irregularly but she stopped posting numbers there.

    Hey Constanza, if you’re looking in ♥♥ (kinky HUB) lol

    •' Rosie Lavochkin says:

      My part in the grid wasn’t sold – I gave it to the last remaining founder Darieth White following the “apparent” death of my partner Justin.

      •' Minethereé says:

        Rosie, yes, thank you for reminding me. I’m sorry I just couldn’t remember your name at the moment, no slight intended.

        I think my wording was partially wrong. I meant no disrespect to the memories of someone who was close to you for some time, which is also why I added “RIP”.

        I was just recalling that part of my comment which also had reminded me of that guy…damit, just waking up, I can’t recall his name, maybe Quince or something? Had a sister and it was said he died but then he came back to life a few months later which made for some funny few days in the inwz forums I recall.

        Of course some people really do die, and that is really sad, and it’s also a shame that it gets all mixed up with the fake deaths thing many know about.

        I also had figured you didn’t watch these forums but of course things change over time, sometimes getting a bit crazy also, but that’s ok.

        I expect someone who does read these comments pointed mine out to you in this instance.

        There was some person who used his name commenting here a few times which made me wonder, but then it became clear he was not your Justin, just someone using the name.

        In any case, it never bothered me, that little trip down memory lane, Justin’s strange accusations trip he got on about Linda, I stayed out of most of it, just doing a few emails. It was just strange because us three were acquainted in an easy calm way prior to that and I had helped him get going in inwz via my first EM job over at that Portugal region. Damn, memories are tripping over my tongue now.

        regards and my best to you Rosie.

        “My part in the grid wasn’t sold – I gave it to the last remaining founder Darieth White following the “apparent” death of my partner Justin.”

  4.' Minethereé says:

    I wanted to highlight this as some people think there is much less:

    “The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of 1,232 different publicly-accessible grids, 278 of which were active this month, and 207 of which published their statistics.”

    And I wanted to point people to this interesting article you wrote once:

    There is a lot of places not counted for one reason or another, and that’s ok, it shows one aspect of the freedom that core opensim users enjoy, but it should be pointed out from time to time.

  5.' Susannah Avonside says:

    I run Paradwys, it’s my hobby standalone that only runs at weekends at present. It’s open from Friday evening (around 19:00 UK time) to around midnight on Sundays, again UK time. I’m planning on setting up a region marker region running in a Raspberry Pi that will be up during the week as a kind of placeholder that people will be able to visit and find out information about the build, but in the meantime I have created a website, (badly in need of updating, I’m afraid, but that should happen *soon*) which can be found here:

    If you visit my region, please be aware that it’s strictly Adult rated, and that some content there might shock those who’ve led a bit of a sheltered life! It also means that no child avatars are allowed, or indeed welcome there.

    Thanks for the mention.

  6.' Carlos Loff says:

    Not having information from some grids does not mean numbers are down, it means we are now more far from knowing how numbets are behaving – Even if in recent times Inworlds was going down that tendecy may revert – Im firmly believe the HG is the only way to make people from SL move to OS, but now is just more dificult to see what is going on at OS

  7.' Steve_S says:

    Every Year something along this line appears stating that User Numbers are Down and usually at the same time period. Has it not occurred to the writers & reader’s that the end of March signifies Spring on half the planet ? That people will actually go outside & do things in the Real World while logged into “Real Life 1.0” and not playing on their computer’s while avoiding nasty weather.