Average OpenSim region price falls to $19

(Image courtesy Island Oasis.)

Last September, I looked at the land prices on all the public OpenSim grids, and the average price was $20.39 per standard region.

Today, I reviewed the prices of all 55 grids that I know of that post their prices, and the average has fallen slightly to $19.22.

The median price — where half the grids are lower, and half are higher — fell even more dramatically, from $17.00 last fall to $15.00 today.

Nine grids had prices under $10 — Naras Nook at $5, Neverworld at $5, My Virtual Community at $5.60, Virtual Life Brasil at $6.14, Genesis MetaVerse at $7.95, Dynamic Worldz at $8, Genesis Global Journey at $8, Logicamp at $8.95, and Atek Grid at $8.95. All nine are hypergrid-enabled.

Seven grids had prices at $40 or higher — InWorldz at $40, UFSGrid at $50, Virtual Highway at $40, Exo-Life at $50, MetaCosmo at $72.71, YrGrid at $60, and ToPi`s World at $44.78. Of these, Exo-Life, YrGrid, and Topi’s World were hypergrid-enabled, while InWorldz, UFSGrid, Virtual Highway and MetaCosmo were not.

Hypergrid-enabled grids typically had lower land prices.

The average price for a standard region on the 47 hypergrid-enabled grids on this list was $17.20. The average price on the eight non-hypergrid grids was $31.08, which was 81 percent higher.

When comparing prices, I looked at the monthly costs, converted to US dollars, of a 15,000-prim region. If a grid did not offer 15,000 prim regions, I used the next larger in size.

Valex region on Party Destination Grid, which offers free regions. (Image by Maria Korolov.)

While some grids also have free land offers, I did not consider those for this report.

If your grid is not on this list, or the information is not accurate, please email the link to your current land pricing page to me at [email protected].

Here’s the full list of the grids and their prices:

All the prices are also listed on our land rental page.

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  • 1derworld

    Lost World Grid once considered Land rental or even free but there is just so many available out there
    I decided not to. I suppose if someone really wanted bad enough I would consider it.

    • Da Hayward

      We do offer the occasional free parcel depending on the individual’s situation.Unfortunately servers do cost, even home based ones so we do need to have some revenue to defer the costs.
      Free parcels are great but are a burden on the grid/estate owner at the end of the day.

      • 1derworld

        $7 or even $10 a region is something but no way does it cover any cost unless there is 50 people or more are renting. Yes they do cost
        but there is sooo many people using there own configs on home PC’s why don’t more or all
        just do that. These days its so simple like Dreamworldz package, Less drama being your own boss.

        • Da Hayward

          personally i think $7 or $10 dollar regions are cutting it very close to the bone & doesn’t really allow or project for any mishaps, maintenance or future growth…but I could be wrong. Cheap regions are great for the end user (the renter) but not so much for the person renting them at best I think the revenue is only “marking time”.

  • Carlos Loff

    For the goal of the article it would be more clear if the final list was ordered by prices and not by names, after all is pricing comparison we are talking about – Good work, cheers

    • Carlos — Here you go:

      Naras Nook: $5 per month
      Neverworld: $5 per month
      My Virtual Community: $5.60 per month
      Virtual Life Brasil: $6.14 per month
      Genesis MetaVerse: $7.95 per month
      Dynamic Worldz: $8 per month
      Genesis Global Journey: $8 per month
      Logicamp: $8.95 per month
      Atek Grid: $8.95 per month
      WestWorld Grid: $10 per month
      Alife Virtual: $10 per month
      GreekLife: $10 per month
      Sinful Grid: $11 per month
      ZetaWorlds: $11.13 per month
      CloneLife: $11.18 per month
      Great Canadian Grid: $11.45 per month
      Immersive Reality: $12 per month
      Virtual Brasil: $12.21 per month
      Activity Ds: $12.31 per month
      Baller Nation: $12.95 per month
      Party Destination Grid: $14 per month
      Kitely: $14.95 per month
      3rd Rock Grid: $15 per month
      AnSky: $15 per month
      3rd Life Grid: $15 per month
      ZanGrid: $15 per month
      Tangle Grid: $15 per month
      The Adult Grid: $15 per month
      DigiWorldz: $15 per month
      Encore Escape: $15 per month
      Konk Combat Grid: $15 per month
      The Public World: $16.76 per month
      Craft World: $16.79 per month
      JokaydiaGrid: $18.69 per month
      GerGrid: $19.95 per month
      Littlefield: $20 per month
      SirinHGpole: $20 per month
      Spellscape: $20 per month
      Mobius Grid: $20 per month
      Nextlife World: $22.33 per month
      Avatar Sex Grid: $22.38 per month
      ReezWorld: $23.72 per month
      Lost Paradise: $24 per month
      Island Oasis: $25 per month
      YourSimSpot: $25 per month
      Rev World: $29.94 per month
      DreamNation: $30 per month
      Metropolis: $32.48 per month
      Neuland: $33.60 per month
      InWorldz: $40 per month
      Virtual Highway: $40 per month
      ToPi`s World: $44.78 per month
      UFSGrid: $50 per month
      Exo-Life: $50 per month
      YrGrid: $60 per month

  • I do want to add that people generally assume that everyone looks at prices the same way do. THIS IS NOT THE CASE.

    There are some people who will always go for the lowest price.
    There are some people who are wary of the lowest-priced services, and don’t want to pay too much for expensive ones, and always pick the one in the middle.
    And there are people who value quality above everything else and will always go for the highest-priced option.

    Since OpenSim prices are already ridiculously low, the number of folks who fall into the last category is actually higher than you might expect. When considering a move from a $300 region in SL to a region in OpenSim, the difference between $40 and $50 is really minor, and customers are likely to assume that the higher-priced service is better.

    I myself, tend to gravitate towards the middle-priced option. But if it’s something that I don’t care about at all (like, say, paper towels) I’ll grab the cheapest. For something that I care about very much (diet soda) I’ll always get the Diet Coke, no matter how much more it costs than Pepsi or the generic colas.

    When deciding on prices, decide on which of these customers groups you want to serve. Your marketing messages will be different in each case, and so will your operating budgets.

    For example, Diet Coke probably doesn’t cost more to produce than any other brand of soda, even possibly less because they make so much of it that they see efficiencies of scale. But they spend more money on marketing, which makes me feel better about Diet Coke and which makes it taste better to me. (In blind taste tests, I can’t tell it apart. But if I can see the label, then other sodas taste vile and undrinkable.)

    For a high-priced grid, that might translate into more personalized support, to make the customer feel valued. A more “exclusive” feel to the environment. “Classier” in-world content. And a consistent messaging that they’re getting a “premium” service. And all those words are in quotation marks because it’s all about making the customer feel that way. A gold virtual chair costs the same to make as a wooden virtual chair.

    • Off Topic kinda

      Diet Coke still contains aspartame which more and more studies are finding to be an extremely harmful chemical in even small amounts. Pepsi recently removed it from all their diet products and are now using mainly surcalose which is still generally recognized as safe without so many negative studies. Pepsi is however still using acesulfame potassium as part of the sweetening blend and there recently have been a lot of questions raised about that one as well.

      Bottom line, diet Pepsi is probably better for you according to current evidence, but something like Zevia might be a better choice for not damaging your organs.

  • JozeeTungsten

    When it comes to region rentals, service is also a very important consideration. Opensim tends to go south for one reason or another and if you are about to entrust your virtual stuff to somebody you need that person to keep an eye on region performance, or at least be available via email.

    • Alex Ferraris

      Yeah but because the region prices are so cheap the grid won’t have money to invest on all the goodies the residents want

  • Alex Ferraris

    AviWorlds will be giving out FREE 20000 prims regions Residents who want more than 1 will have to pay for that extra sim or sims
    But at the same time Avi-Labs will be focusing away from region sales as its sole means of getting profits
    Regions are easy to get and the market is overflowing .
    We will offset the costs via other ways I am not going to mention yet

    • Looking forward to ‘ via other ways’ after following what you have done so far.

    • Cinder Biscuits

      FEED IT

      • Carlos Loff

        Lololololllllll

  • Alex Ferraris

    Here is the problem; Everyone is worried about giving regions cheap but are forgetting a very important FACTOR.
    What is a region good for without items to choose from to build it and I mean this for people who do not CREATE…They buy a 5 dollars region and then what? Sorry to say this but the lack of good quality items is so far the biggest downfall of opensimulator.
    But I will fix that soon!

    • Da Hayward

      But Alex, Regions cost. The servers cost you, if you aren’t charging for regions how are you going to meet your cost?
      If you are thinking of upload fees or premium membership charges, most people will steer clear of it, creators will go to grids where they can build free or at very low cost. Opensim rent fees are minimal compared to the big grid. which is slowly but surely attracting more creators into open sim

      • Alex Ferraris

        My focus is not to offset my server cost on region sales.
        No I am not going to charge an entrance fee. I will be offsetting the server cost on other ideas that will let me give 1 region per resident free.

        • Da Hayward

          ok

  • Han Held

    >no roadmap
    >two developers
    >a race to the bottom economy

    http://i.imgur.com/c4jt321.png

  • We a little while ago started to only offer var regions. Smallest we have are 2×2. Next 3×3 last 4×4.

    • Da Hayward

      yeah the VAR regions are a great option for many.
      Great Job Sierra

  • Post Something New Already!!!!! @mariakorolov:disqus

    • I’ve been in Detroit, in a hospital — my dad had a serious heart attack. I’ve got several articles queued up to be edited and posted, and David and Nuela have also been working on reporting new articles. I’ll try to get a start on the backlog this weekend.

      Sorry, everyone! Luckily, nothing TOO major has happened in OpenSim while I’ve been gone…

      • Da Hayward

        i am so sorry to hear that maria, hoping your father gets well soon.

        • My dad is home from the hospital and doing well, and I’m back home and at the office, as well, catching up on work. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words!

      • Sorry to hear about your father Maria. Prayers for a speedy recovery, and don’t let HGB stress you in this situation. Take all the time you need for your family and yourself.

      • I hope your father is doing better. But as XMIR said don’t let HGB stress you out. Family first. So take your time Maria

      • Han Held

        Take all the time you need, hopefully your father recovers well. Obviously, in a situation like this HGB can take a flying leap -or at least take a back seat. Sending my prayers and best wishes too.

      • So sorry to hear this Maria !! My Thoughts go out to you I just lost my father a few months ago…. Big HUGZ from Across the water .. I can See Detroit From my house

      • Allan Carr

        Sincere condolences Maria!