Island Oasis gets a new owner

(Image courtesy Island Oasis.)

The Island Oasis grid now has a new owner, and has been offline since Monday while the servers are being moved to their new location.

The grid is expected to be back up on Friday, according to the official announcement. The new owner’s name has not yet been announced.

Former owner and co-founder Nicole Dreyer, known as Sugar Paolino in-world, said that health concerns no longer allow her to put in the necessary time needed to run the grid.

“Because I can not put in the time necessary for our members, Damean and I decided it was time to leave Island Oasis,” she told Hypergrid Business. “We will still be around from time to time but just to visit. I believe the new owners will be making a formal announcement soon.”

Dreyer suffered heart attack on February and later underwent surgery. The surgery was successful, and she has since been recovering.

Under the new ownership, the grid will see a 25 percent improvement in performance, allowing for faster loading of regions and inventories. There will also be changes to the staff and to the grid’s website.

Land prices will continue to be grandfathered in and currency exchange rates will still remain the same.

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10 Responses

  1.' best wishes says:

    and be well Sugar and Damean.

  2.' Butch Arnold says:

    Best Wishes – Hope your health improves. 🙂

  3.' Carlos Loff says:

    All the best for Sugar, when one door closes another opens and, who knows, maybe having less work time allows her to enjoy and keep helping Opensim in more relaxed and original ways

  4.' Cheeseburger says:

    Best hopes to a speedy recover Sugar …Godspeed!

    I guess the rumors about Avi-Labs buying Island Oasis were true then?

  5.' Butch Arnold says:

    when will we learn who the new owner is?

  6.' mikka says:

    They have been great as grid owners and wishing them health and happiness in the future.

    As to the new owner(s)? In waiting to see mode.

  7.' Carlos Loff says:

    So, who´s the boss ???

  8.' Abbie Lee says:

    This is sad news.. 🙁 Damean & Sugar are great people and caring grid owners. I noticed on the island oasis website that there is a new name where island oasis llc was, the new name is Mystic Darkstone LLC. I’m wondering if that is the same person who owns the Mystic mall and land in io? Guess me and Daniel will be moving on. Best wishes Sug. You and Damean will be missed.

  9.' Carlos Loff says:

    Here are the news on their page –

    •' mikka says:

      Yes and we wait, They seem OK and hoping IO is as good as ever.
      And yes have done a check on new owner and read through TOS. If they ask me to confirm..good

      I might.