AviWorlds is back online, now a closed grid

(Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

After trying several business models with fail and shutting down and reopening several times thus earning the name “the yo-yo grid,AviWorlds is back online.

This time, it’s a closed grid, meaning people will not be able to teleport to other grids or easily take their content to other grids — or bring in content from other grids. In addition, users will have to create brand-new user accounts, and build their inventories from scratch, since they won’t simply be able to teleport in with an existing avatar from another grid.

There are 450 regions now online, and the in-world currency is the local AV$.

Having a closed grid will protect the grid’s economy, AviWorlds grid owner Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business.

Alexsandro Pomposelli

“It will be a closed commercial grid and all the content acquired will be exclusive to troubled grid AviWorlds residents,” said Pomposelli. “Allowing the content to go out of the troubled grid would prevent a more robust economy for the troubled virtual world.”

However, residents will not be able to buy content from the Kitely Market contrary to previous reports, he said.

Hypergrid-enabled grids automatically have Kitely Market access for all their residents, but even closed grids can access the market, and have instant deliveries to in-world avatars, by following these instructions.

The website is still down but Pomposelli plans to have it back up later on this month. Meanwhile, the grid’s Facebook page will have the latest news and information about the grid.

There’s no automatic way to create user accounts, but those interested can contact Pomposelli directly by sending an email to [email protected] or [email protected]. The loginURI is login.aviworlds.com:8002.

AviWorlds to resell OARs

AviWorlds has also purchased licenses for OARs — export files of entire regions — created by the owner of the Lost World grid, Dave Butler, who is known in-world as Joe Builder in-world. These OARs will be resold by AviWorlds.

OAR files, or OpenSim Archives, are full region exports which include both the landscape and all the content on a region, including associated scripts and animations.

The license terms allows the AviWorlds to sell OARs in their entirety or dismantle them to sell content separately.

People renting or owning regions can easily buy items that they can use to build or add to their regions, said Pomposelli.

“People will be able to have content for their regions,” said Pomposelli. “That will also minimize the demand for copybot items.”

Other content distributed or sold by AviWorlds will be content created specifically for the grid, not collected around OpenSim.

“The items that Alex purchased are not the same as the items I give away for free,” Butler told Hypergrid Business. “I was in Second Life for many years as a builder so I have copies of my creations. Also I have been creating in OpenSim since 2010. I do have over 80 full OARs that I have created.”

Watch the video below from the grid.

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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].

  • Da Hayward

    Well congrats Alex. I’m not sure on the closed grid idea though, but each to their own. Best of luck & good wishes.

    • Alex Ferraris

      Thanks. Yes after careful consideration I found HG does not bring any positive gain to a grid’s economy.
      AviWorlds will be competing directly against Second Life and I will be engaging in worldwide ads to do just that. My competition is SL not opensim grids. I will place AviWorlds on another level. So opensim grids do not worry me. I have to build a strong marketplace in AvIWorlds embracing many aspects of a grid’s economy.

    • Alex Ferraris

      I have not seen any gain by having the grid HG open. Only negatives. Since aviworlds will have enough content withing its borders I see no reason to make it an open grid. People will need to create an account if they want to come in.

      • Carlos Loff

        Would like to visit but teleporting from Digi – What makes SLrs not want to migrate to OS is mainly lack of contents and lack of crowds, so I deeply believe Opensim will only develop thanks to Hypergrid – But maybe for creators a closed grid is more appealing, I have been on SL and folks have good opinion about Inworlds

        Regarding Kitely market I think it would make more good than harm at the begining because it is already so complete that it will take you ages to have a good inner market

        How is SL going for you ? I may give up on it because although having a great paradise built and restless marketing inworld and outworld, I was not able to rent a single parcel and any waiting week on SL goes deep on your pocket

        • Da Hayward

          This is the thing Carlos, The “Big Grid” is expensive when comparing it to Open Sim based grids, it is also more difficult to rent there because of pricing and competition. I know all of us at Kea are more and more dedicating our financial resources to our place rather than the Big Grid. The more residents…the more creators and content, the more creators and content…. the more residents. We see it as we are making the effort to commit to Open Sim and not go running back to the big grid. It’s just a matter of sticking with it through all the up’s and Down’s

          • Carlos Loff

            I know, but I just had to try SL one last time, I had such an impressive inventory that I just setup a whole resort with many interactive details in 3 or 4 days work – SL has so many developed stuff that I just had to try, but it does not allow the wait, at least for a single entrepreneur like me, a Freelancer without a steady job RL – It will be a pain to say goodbye to my living Flamingos, Foxes and Dolphins, it will be like killing them but my pocket just can´stand it

            And guess what Iam doing exactly right now, goin back to rent a 6X6 Var on Digi, Space Life will be back and running in 1h to 2h, so fast are those Digi customer folks, cheers

          • Da Hayward

            Great Stuff Carlos.
            Terry is very fast, his level of service and Support is fantastic

  • Alex Ferraris

    Maria and or David…Kitely will not be able to deliver
    We will have our own marketplace.
    Thats an error there. Thanks.

    • Thank you Alex for the update. I have updated the post.

  • Alex Ferraris

    I am not here to debate my past or the mistakes I made. I am here to put in place all my experiences all my knowledge into one successful project.

  • Malaina

    Congratulations on your new business model. Hope this latest one works out for you. Just a heads up please Alexsandro please don’t spam my e-mail address Uber invites. Just received one from you with your picture and name. My country doesn’t even have Uber for one and for two when I created my account with Aviworlds several years ago I don’t recall ever giving you the permission to spam my email address on file with 3rd party services. Thanks.

    • LOL He got me but I signed up!!! Made over 1000 this first week already!

  • Good luck Alex