OpenSim land area and active users up

OpenSim’s public grids gained 2,546 active users this month, and land area increased as well, by the equivalent of 2,475 standard region.

OSgrid gained the largest land area — 4,440 new standard region equivalents, followed by DigiWorldz with 848, Virtual Worlds Grid with 441, Kitely with 411 and Atek Grid with 256 additional standard regions. Discovery Grid, currently migrating to new servers, lost the most land area this month, 4,341 standard region equivalents, followed by OpenSim Life, which lost 280, and Genesis MetaVerse, which lost 225 regions.

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

The public grids have also reported that they signed up 6,149 new residents this month.

Kitely led in new registrations with 1,962 signups, followed by InWorldz with 1,478, Emilac with 1,323, OSgrid with 623 and Island Oasis with 430.

These stats do not include most of the mini-grids running on the DreamWorld distribution of OpenSim, or private company or school grids. According to the latest DreamWorld stats, more than 1,900 mini-grids have been created with this installer alone, 694 of which were on the hypergrid.

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.

Popularity

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.

GreekLife gained 537 new active users becoming the grid that gained most active users in the month, followed by DigiWorldz with 206, OSgrid with 158, then FrancoGrid with 129 and Craft World with 107.

OpenSim Life lost the highest number of active users, at 624, followed by Anettes Welt which lost 308 active users, while Discovery Grid lost 90 active users in the last month.

Metropolis was, however, the most active grid attracting 3,753 active users during the month, followed by OSgrid with 3,741 and AllCity with 1,931 to close the top three spots.

Top 25 most popular grids this month:

  1. Metropolis: 3,753 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
  2. OSgrid: 3,741 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
  3. AllCity: 1,931 active users (HG login.allcity.com.br:8002)
  4. DigiWorldz: 1,720 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
  5. Island Oasis: 1,223 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
  6. Kitely: 1,181 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
  7. GreekLife: 1,076 active users (HG hg.grid-greeklife.info:8002)
  8. Lost Paradise: 928 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
  9. Dorena’s World: 856 active users (HG dorenas-world.de:8002)
  10. Craft World: 744 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
  11. Genesis MetaVerse: 702 active users (HG grid.genesismetaverse.com:8002)
  12. Virtual-EPI: 670 active users (HG 209.126.208.163:9024:virtual event planners int)
  13. Exo-Life: 670 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
  14. Sacrarium: 597 active users (HG sacrarium24.ru:8002)
  15. DreamNation: 580 active users
  16. Virtual Brasil: 558 active users (HG mundo.virtualbrasil3d.com.br:8002)
  17. Logicamp: 465 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
  18. FrancoGrid: 449 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
  19. YrGrid: 429 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
  20. Eros Resort: 380 active users (HG opensim.bci3d.com:8002)
  21. Party Destination Grid: 355 active users (HG partydestinationgrid.com:8002)
  22. ZanGrid: 351 active users (HG login.zangrid.ch:8002)
  23. 3rd Rock Grid: 329 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)
  24. Dynamic Worldz: 324 active users (HG grid.dynamicworldz.com:8002)
  25. Genesis Global Journey: 304 active users (HG ggj.world:8002)

Kitely Market delivers to a record 215 grids

Kitely currently has 10,502 product listings containing 19,880 product variations, 15,095 of which are exportable.

Only 4,785 of the variations of Kitely Market listings are non-exportable, meaning that they can only be used on the Kitely grid. That’s less than 25 percent of all variations. This is a drop from the peak of 4,970 at the end of 2016, and a sign that merchants are increasingly embracing the hypergrid business model.

Kitely Market has delivered items to 215 OpenSim grids to date, an increase of 12 from last month’s tally.

Exportable items on the Kitely Market, in green, rise steadily. (Kitely Market 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, giving their residents ready access to a wide, legal, and ever-growing collection of content.

VirTec sales show slight increase

The VirTec vending machine network recorded about the same number of merchants, transactions and revenues in the last month compared to the previous month, with 44 merchants and 642 transactions in total.

But the total volume of transactions, was $365 in August, up from $300 in July. That’s still down quite a bit from its high of $690 in March.

Virtec was acquired by DigiWorldz in April.

The most active grid on the network, InWorldz, recorded the equivalent of $192 in transactions.

Merchant and revenue data at VirTec network. (VirTec data.)

GerGrid now hypergrid-enabled

Gergrid is back to the hypergrid space. (Image courtesy Gergrid.)

GerGrid is now hypergrid-enabled, after a long time as a closed grid. This will help users who want to travel to other OpenSim grids and those who want to visit but do not want to immediately create an account with GerGrid.

The GerGrid Sandbox is also available on the grid for testing by creators.

“We are currently working with the OpenSim 0.9.1.x on Unix with Mono and ubODE, that brings considerable advantages with moving physical objects,” grid owner Thomas Goetz told Hypergrid Business.

GerGrid’s decision to turn on hypergrid connectivity leaves just 37 closed grids on our list. The largest, by reported active user counts, are DreamNation with 580 actives, and Virtual Highway with 118. The next four most-active closed grids are all educational projects — Islands of Enlightenment, Emilac, TeCoLa, and Cineca.

When a grid is not hypergrid-enabled, any new visitors first have to create new avatar accounts. This reduces the number of new people who can come attend events or go shopping. Some grids, however, prefer a more private, secure experience — and many school grids require it.

However, as multi-grid communities like OpenSim Virtual have proliferated and event organizers and merchants have become comfortable with the hypergrid, the number of closed grids has been shrinking dramatically over the past few years.

Discovery grid updates servers

Discovery grid has upgraded its servers, according to an announcement.

The company has shifted from Zetamex hosting to its own management and said the new servers have twice the power of their old servers.

However, the company said it was in the process of restoring a third server which had crashed when adding software.

The money server is also currently down, but will be up shortly.

“Your money is safe,” said grid representative Angel Legendary in a Facebook post. “We haven’t applied the money server yet until we can settle some of the more basic issues but I have a full list of avatars and their money. It is not lost.”

Discovery Grid. (Image courtesy Discovery Grid via Facebook.)

The grid has also posted a land sales page, with region prices starting at a dramatic $30 for an a varregion anywhere from four to 64 standard region in size. The total number of prims is limited to 45,000, so for the eight-by-eight varregion that translates to about 50 cents per month per 700-prim standard-sized region.

You can follow the grid on Facebook and Google Plus for all the latest news.

Moonglow offering free land, more speed

You can now enjoy faster speeds at Moonglow grid because the grid has is now using a faster server according to a post.

You can also sign up for free land on the hypergrid-enabled grid. Those interested in freebies can check out the many freebies shops on the many sims at the grid.

The new hypergrid address is dreamworld.home.kg:8002.

Neverworld has a new Halloween hunt area

Neverworld will launch a new Halloweeen-themed region called Requiem on Sunday, October 1.

“It is hypergrid-enabled,” grid owner Penny Otte told Hypergrid Business. “Anyone can play and collect skulls and then redeem them for prizes. Prizes include seasonal Halloween decorations and jewelry.”

Halooween-themed region at Neverworld grid. (Image courtesy Neverworld.)

Halloween Hunt 2017 on Kroatan

Kroatan grid will host the Halloween Hunt at the Abbandonato region on October 14 and 15.

Hunters will get rewards and gifts given by some residents at the end of the hunt.

“Each hunter will get a free HUD at landing point, which shows 11 posters of missing people. By asking the residents of Abbandonato, hunters should find out what happened to the missing persons and will get rewarded at the end of the hunt game,” grid owner Bink Draconia told Hypergrid Business.

The hypergrid address is kroatan.de:8002:Abbandonato.

3rdLife Grid starts monthly car races, offers free shops

Interested in virtual car racing? 3rd Life Grid will have monthly races, starting on Saturday, September 23 at noon Pacific time on the Raceway region.

“This race is open to everyone from any grid,” 3rdLife grid co-manager Gary Justus told Hypergrid Business. “The winners get a trophy, bragging rights and a lot of fun.”

(Image courtesy 3rd Life Grid.)

There will also be two races on October. One is the regularly-scheduled monthly race at noon Pacific time on Wednesday, October 14.

There will also be a special Halloween race, with custom Halloween-themed cars, at noon Pacific time on Wednesday, October 28.

For more information on grid events, follow it on Facebook and on Google Plus.

Merchants can now also sell content on the grid to both local residents and hypergrid visitors, at 3rd Life Grid’s Gloebits mall.

Merchants don’t even need an account on the grid, said Justus, and just need to contact him in-world via his avatar DJTommy Seetan, in order to get a free store.

The hypergrid address of the mall is 3rdlifegrid.com:8002.

Diva Distro updated

The Diva Distro version of OpenSim, which was lastly updated in 2015, has released a new, updated version, but it comes with some challenges for users.

It’s good to see people are still working behind the scenes to improve the platform,” one user told Hypergrid Business. “But it has different physics so [some] mesh and scripts do not work that were created using Bullet.”

Some mesh objects will need to have their faces reversed in order for them to work, the user said.

The Diva Distro is a favorite option for users running self-hosted mini-grids, and is the base for the popular DreamWorld installer. DreamWorld currently supports both the previous version of the Diva Distro, version 0.8.2.1, and the new 0.9 version.

According to DreamWorldz stats, more than 200 mini-grids are already running on the new version, while more than 1,600 mini-grids are still running on 0.8.2.1.

Metropolis grid seeking donations

Metropolis grid, which does not charge any money for anyone using the grid even for profit, is calling on all well-wishers to donate to enable the grid continue funding its services including grid services, added data security and backups.

The grid said the money would also be used to extend its storage capacity.

The grid is was the most popular this moth with 3,753 active users. It has 16,112 registered avatars in total and 4,213 regions in total.

AvatarFest to exhibit builds from next week

AvatarFest will open to the general public on Saturday, September 23 or 24 and will remain open until Monday, October 30 for anyone on the hypergrid to visit and see the avatars created by the OpenSim community.

It will be third year the event is held and they have received different topics from creators on many different grids. The event promotes personal creativity, hobbies, interests and group activity.

There will also be music from various artists during the opening weekend.

The hypergrid address is avatarfest.net:6000:Avatarfest.

You can keep up with all events on the AvatarFest Google Plus community.

Watch the video below from last year’s AvatarFest:

Sacrarium launches from Kazakhstan

We haven’t had many Russian-language grids on our lists, and none from Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic located in Central Asia — until now.

Sacrarium currently has 11 regions and 81 registered residents, but reported more than 500 active users this past month. It’s on the hypergrid, so visitors can teleport in from other grids without registering for a local account.

However, the owner could not point to any particular events or promotions that took place this past month and could account for those numbers.

The grid’s main social media presence is on VKontake, Russia’s equivalent of Facebook.

“All people have secret wishes and passions. Sacrarium has to become a place for relies of wishes without any conditions,” grid owner Whiteangel Deed told Hypergrid Business. “In a manner, Sacrarium is a local experiment on a human nature with its wishes, good and bad sides of the personality.”

The hypergrid address is sacrarium24.ru:8002:sacrarium.

Transitions

The following grids were added to our lists this month: Mimic Life, Lupopas Welt, Eros Resort, Kinky Grid which also rents land, Argofantasy, Virtual Eden and Sacrarium.

The following 18 grids were marked as suspended this month: Adventure Bay, Brillyunt, Gnosis Grid, IMA Test World, Infinite Metaverse Alliance, Iti Motu Resort, Konk Combat Grid, Lighthouse Point, Marble Isle, Meet Instantly, Ocean Grid, Old Fuddy, Origins, Outworldz Pirateland HG, Outworldz.lnk, Paradwys, Play Grid BR, and That Place.

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.

September 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 1,255 different publicly-accessible grids, 259 of which were active this month, and 183 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, including polls and surveys, dating all the way back to 2009.

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

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  • >> one user told Hypergrid Business. “But it has different physics so
    >> [some] mesh and scripts do not work that were created using Bullet.

    I am not sure why the user thought that the latest Diva Distribution (D2) for version 0.9.0.0 has different physics. D2 still uses Physics = BulletSim which is the default physics engine for the OpenSim master code too. Using another physics engine would require a change from the default to one of the several option available including new ones that have been added in 0.9.0.0.

  • watcher64

    Actually OSL did not loose any users, you misread the stats last time, even after I put a notice on my page telling you to stop scraping them ..

    i.e. :

    All information on this page
    is the property of Opensim Life
    any external use/redistribution of this data without
    express permission is a violation

    I mean go on, do it, you are not going to listen to anyone anyway, because “News” right, but if you are going to do it , and least get it right.

    • David

      Watcher, what are the true stats? If possible, can you please give me an email that I can follow up with the issue.

  • Da Hayward

    great article David

    • David

      Thank you Da

  • Rene

    On DiscoveryGrid’s loss of land, the difference is an accounting issue in which last month and previous months the region count was measured in 256m region equivalents. Presently it is tallying the VAR region counts. That reset of measurement units, brought on by the move, is being fixed. It should be back to 256m region equivalents in the next week.

    • David

      Thank you Rene for the update.

  • Han Held

    Thank you for helping us to get the word out about Avatarfest, David! 🙂 We had a load test this morning and I’m pretty happy with the way that things have shook out. Our focus is on the ameteur side of the hypergrid; non-professional end users that come out to play and share their visions with folks.

    I’m looking forward to seeing y’all there 🙂

    • David

      You are much welcome Han.

  • Pocket Bear

    Well was not much mentioned about my home in Inworldz ..so let me fill the gap whats going on in my neck of the woods.

    A. Inworldz is no longer an American company but now based a company out of Panama, it maybe for tax reasons that’s my guess.
    B. After a few years the owner has decided new residents greeted by bots at the welcome area was not a good idea.
    C. After a few years of hard decline the owner is considering updating the welcome center but is firm in keeping the name desert island.
    D. Maybe the owner will upgrade the looks of the website after several years or possibly even give us a real forum back, like most other grids enjoy..hears looking to 2018 for hope and change we can believe in.

    • @Pocket Bear ~ You are misinformed.
      A- One founder/owner moved to Panama. That has no bearing on whether IW is an American company. The servers are in the US, the contact phone # and address is still US and the other owners still live in the US.

      B- ‘The Owner’ , there is more than one owner/founder of InWorldz. And it was not that owner who decided bots as greeters were not a good idea – and in fact new residents are NOT greeted by bots currently. There are mentors on the welcome island, and we need more. The talk about bots was conversation by RESIDENTS who said that the bots currently there who are faux band members etc in Jackson Square could be confusing to those new to virtual worlds because they may not realize that bots arent actual people and aren’t ‘ignoring’ them when not answering them etc. Also it has certainly not been a ‘hard decline’. Some days I have 20+ friends online, and there are multiple events each day even at the same hours and people are always in attendance. Ive been there 5 years and it is at least 3x as busy and populated as it was when I got there.

      C – again not ‘The Owner’. The residents were talking about ways to improve and clean up the welcome island.The RESIDENTS of IW. Not the Owner/s .

      D – The website was just updated recently, so again your information is incorrect. Forums can be volatile spaces and a way to troll and just cause trouble. The current ZenDesk support area is a great way for people to offer tips, suggestions and help. Interaction should be IN world. Not on forums.

      I actually just moved back to IW after spending about 2 years in OpenSim and although I still enjoy visiting my HG friends and popping in to various grids, I have the social interaction I want with people ive formed deep friendships with. And as someone who has a mainland region across from the welcome island (IDI) I have new people coming over all the time looking for rentals, shopping etc. (‘all the time’=every day while i am logged in)

      Please research your information about your home grid a bit more before spreading around incorrect statements.

      • Pocket Bear

        FYI, just because they never updated the website or told you directly
        info means very little when Jim himself told me and my wife Mary that
        Inworldz was now a Panamanian company operated from deep down in south
        america.

        Well tranquility is gone and legion has been since 2014, so your misinformed to say the least https://inworldz.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115000709414-How-are-u-doing-Inworldz-
        no your again misinformed the website looks the same as it did in 2013, you can find pictures of it on SLU were someone pointed that out going on 5 years ago were most OS grids and SL has updated several times since then.
        still no excuse for them leaving all that old russian spam bloating the old forums its a disgrace in my opinion.

        “I actually just moved back to IW after spending about 2 years in OpenSim”

        Well up until now, we never left and have helped pay to keep the servers on all these years, but here again time after time someone decides they have a new found devotion for the grid chimes in to quite anyone. well me and my wife should have left when our dear lost friend littleblackduck was forced out, but with so many options now like Osgrids or High Fidelity combined with what appears to be another year without a town hall meeting it might be time to move on.

        Will send all my residents a notecard informing them we are closing, I will send in the support ticket now to close down our 23 region estate, the time has come to say goodbye.

        • I have paid for my region in IW for Five years,never stopped, and still pay for it. so thank you SO much for assuming that which you do not know. 🙂
          Similar to you talking about the Owner and Jim as if they are the same person. Jim is not ‘the owner’ of IW.
          I moved back to IW full time, closing down land in OpenSim and SL because I felt too scattered all over and wanted to focus on just one space.
          And no, the website has not been the same since 2013. Some parts of it are still the same for logged in users, but no the main landing, information sections etc.
          If you think you are better off elsewhere, good for you and good luck in your endeavours. (High Fidelity is great if you want to fork out 700 dollars for VR gear and have a top notch computer to run it. It is nothing like SL/IW/OpenSim. )
          Sounds to me like you simply saw this post as a place to complain. But hey, freedom of speech 🙂 In the past two years Ive been in OpenSim, back in SL (as i mentioned). I have land in HighFidelity, and also some stuff I’ve worked on in Sansar. For me IW is the best fit but it’s great we all have options! *Cheers*

        • “FYI, just because they never updated the website or told you directly info means very little when Jim himself told me and my wife Mary that Inworldz was now a Panamanian company operated from deep down in south america.”

          I certainly have never said anything like that. One of the founders (Beth) has moved her residence to Panama, but InWorldz is a US company registered in New York, with servers at Rackspace in Chicago. I’m not sure what you are trying to imply there but InWorldz has not changed status in any way. All DMCA laws (which are purely American) still apply and Beth remains the registered DMCA agent.

    • Han Held

      >Well was not much mentioned about my home in Inworldz ..

      That is because the owners complained about the unflattering light that their stats shone on them, and pressured HGB to stop mentioning them.

      YES, Inworldz needs a forum for people to post their complaints at.

      NO, HGB is not that forum.

      Back on topic, I’m looking forward to Saturday, when Avatarfest opens for the opensim community; 11:45am SLT. Once again I want to thank David, Maria and the opensim community in general for the generous support that all of you have given us since 2015. 🙂

      • Han — It’s not about the pressure. I regularly get emails — and law suit threats — from grid owners who want us to cover their happy news, but not their unhappy news.

        There are two cases where we don’t cover stuff that might overwise be newsworthy. One is stats. If a grid doesn’t release its stats, we’re not going to publish those stats, because they don’t exist. I prefer that as many grids as possible release stats, so that the OpenSim community as a whole shows growth and helps bring in new users, creators, performers, and so on.

        If a grid does release stats, we’ll run them. (You can’t copyright stats. You either release them to the public or you don’t.) If a grid doesn’t, we won’t. We also won’t run stats if there’s evidence that the stats are deliberately inaccurate.

        When it comes to events, we will cover events that are of interest to the wider OpenSim community. So if a grid is holding a multi-grid event, opening a hypergrid-enabled mall or holiday-themed region, and so on, we’d love to cover it.

        But if an event is targeting only existing grid residents, and is not super unusual, we probably won’t cover it. Most of our readers won’t care since they’re not the target audience, or because they’ll need to create a new account to visit.

        Plus, the grids already have ways to communicate with their local users — they have instant messages, emails, welcome splash screens, their web sites, forums, social media channels to get the news out to their own residents. they don’t need us.

        With InWorldz, they only release the number of registered users, not the region or active user numbers. They do have an events calendar on their website — https://inworldz.com/events/ — but you need an account with the grid in order to access the calendar.

        So we only publish their registered user stats, and rarely, if ever, cover their events because it’s hard for most of our readers to access them, and we can’t even link to an event announcement.

        There are a couple of other grids that have similarly private systems set up, with a core group of users, and their privacy the main concern. School grids, obviously, are one example. There are also grids for at-risk communities.

        So our primary focus is on reporting on public grids, who want to do as much outreach as possible to the general OpenSim user base, as well as to people who might not yet be in OpenSim but who are interested in immersive environments (the readers who come here for the VR stuff).

        We can’t have staff people on every grid looking for things to write about because we can’t afford it. (Our ads are free, and our monthly editorial budget is miniscule.) We do run contributed columns, however, and love getting press releases or event reviews, or articles about great places to visit.

        If a grid publishes stats, they get fresh new in-bound links every month, which helps with search engines, and lets people know they’re out there — there are always folks looking for new grids to visit, and tell their friends about, and we try to provide lots of opportunities to discover these new worlds.

        If a grid is holding events, or opening a hypergrid-enabled shopping mall, or offering other things that are of benefit to the public, we’ll be happy to run an announcement in our monthly stats report. This is one of our best-read articles every month, so it’s a good place to put small announcements. If it’s a major event — like the AvatarFest — we’ll also do stand-alone articles.

        To get coverage for your event or destination, or to contribute articles about events and destinations, email me at [email protected] or David at [email protected].

        Thanks!

    • Each of these points is either outright false or has major problems with its accuracy. I’ve already corrected the first one below (InWorldz is most definitely a US company and remains so) but Beth (Elenia) has posted an update here to clarify her (personal) residence move: https://inworldz.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115004926633-Time-to-clear-some-things-up

  • Beth Reischl

    No. Simple answer. The company is NOT in Latin America, only I am. Our company is still registered in the US, it still has it’s servers in the US. And putting forth another partner would require consent of all the Founders. Which is a no. Flat out. No other Founders, no silent ones, no loud ones, nothing is changing on that end.

    I’m not sure why rumors like this spread, but let me also kill the taxes idea: I left a city/state that had no personal income tax. I still pay federal taxes. Even in Panama. So I did not move to avoid taxes.

    Tranq is still invested in InWorldz. However, he is forever moving up in his abilities and learning. After stabilizing the grid, he wanted to move forward with other plans of things he wanted to work on without having to try to divide his time between InWorldz, his family, and starting exciting things (such as his non-profit that he loves doing). And as a mother who raised 2 daughters for 8 years with InWorldz, I can completely understand that need for family being number 1.

    So no, there is no grid merge discussion with any grid, in Latin America or otherwise. No other Founders being added.

  • John Butler

    @Pocket Bear… Panama is in Central America not “deep down in south america”. The founders haven’t left the company. The company is still a U.S. company. InWorldz was, as you put it, “not much mentioned” in the article above because InWorldz isn’t on the Hypergrid and this is the Hypergrid Business website. InWorldz has bots at the Welcome area (IDI) but as Moon said, they can be confusing to new folks. I for one would love to see them all gone from that area. IWz has a great crew of real live Mentors who do an amazing job greeting people and showing them “the ropes”. The website looks just fine to most people.

    Let’s see, did I address all your complaints. Hmmmmm yep I think so.

  • AviWorlds Is BACK! I have decided to put the past in the past and continue to work with Alex on our long lost projects!!!!

    • Da Hayward

      where?

  • I don’t know why people feel the need to make up completely fake stories like this. Yes, InWorldz has more than one founder, there have been multiple founders since the day it was founded. But since you’ve “been told” and “hearing”, from who/where are you hearing this, or is it just complete BS that you made up? I’m genuinely curious about how these weird rumors are started.

    • Just people making things up to cause drama/distrust. It has to be, because anyone looking at the website can easily see who the owners are, where it is based out of etc. Likewise, the conversations on zendesk are easy to read and none of the things suggested above are written there NOR are they things that would be said by anyone who actually spends enough time in IW to know anything about it.

  • Okay, you are really trolling. No, there is no ‘silent partner’ in the form of a very popular Brazilan grid owner. That is absolutely false. 100%. IW is NOT out of Latin America simply because one owner moved to Panama. LMAO