OpenSim land area hits new high of 88,000 regions

OpenSim land area grew by the equivalent of 3,905 standard regions last month, a new record high of 88,225 regions.

This was despite the fact that several large grids have stopped publishing land area stats, including InWorldz, Great Canadian Grid, and The Adult Grid.

The biggest gainer was OSgrid which added 1,404 regions, GreekLife with 857, Kitely with 228 and Atek with 164 new regions.

Growth in OpenSim land area. (Hypergrid Business Data.)

Active user numbers went up by 275, to 32,384. Growth was depressed somewhat by the closing of ZanGrid, which had 342 active users last month. In addition, OpenSim Life has stopped publishing their numbers.

This month, OSgrid remained the largest grid with a total of 30,350 standard region equivalents, followed by Kitely with 17,111, Metropolis with 6,989, Atek grid with 6,270 and DigiWorldz with 5,253. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the list of top 40 grids by land area.

Kitely was also OpenSim’s most valuable grid this month when it comes to bringing in new users. It reported 1,361 new accounts this month, followed by InWorldz with 1,149, Emilac with 840 users, EdMondo with 607 and Island Oasis with 597 users. Emilac and EdMondo are both education-focused grids, and regularly bring in large numbers of new users every semester.

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 2,521 mini-grids have been created with this installer alone so far, out of which 38 percent or 959 are hypergrid enabled.

 

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.

You can also add your grid in the stats if it is not being crawled by OutWorldz. OutWorlds also provides OpenSim users with free  mesh itemsOARs and free seamless textures that you can download and use on your grids.

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.

Top 25 most popular grids this month:

  1. OSgrid: 3,979 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
  2. Metropolis: 3,870 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
  3. GreekLife: 2,130 active users (HG hg.grid-greeklife.info:8002)
  4. DigiWorldz: 1,974 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
  5. Island Oasis: 1,176 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
  6. Kitely: 1,153 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
  7. Sacrarium: 954 active users (HG sacrarium24.ru:8002)
  8. Lost Paradise: 930 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
  9. Eureka World: 897 active users (HG 54.77.238.20:9000)
  10. Kroatan Grid: 751 active users (HG kroatan.de:8002)
  11. Dorena’s World: 745 active users (HG dorenas-world.de:8002)
  12. Craft World: 690 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
  13. Exo-Life: 677 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
  14. DreamNation: 591 active users
  15. Virtual Brasil: 585 active users (HG mundo.virtualbrasil3d.com.br:8002)
  16. Logicamp: 486 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
  17. FrancoGrid: 444 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
  18. Genesis MetaVerse: 427 active users (HG grid.genesismetaverse.com:8002)
  19. Neverworld: 399 active users (HG hg.neverworldgrid.com:8002)
  20. ZetaWorlds: 365 active users (HG hg.zetaworlds.com:80:Welcome)
  21. EdMondo: 351 active users (HG slw.indire.it:8002)
  22. YrGrid: 345 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
  23. Eros Resort: 336 active users (HG opensim.bci3d.com:8002)
  24. Nextlife World: 313 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
  25. 3rd Rock Grid: 304 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)

GreekLife saw the most growth in active user numbers in the month with 677 new active users followed by Eureka World with 503 users and Genesis MetaVerse with 314. Virtual Life EU had 196 and Kroatan grid closed the top five spot of the most active grids with 166 users.

Of the top 25 most popular grids, only DreamNation was not hypergrid-enabled.

In fact, hypergrid-enabled grids accounted for 96.4 percent of all reported active OpenSim users on the public grids. However, one large closed grid, InWorldz, no longer publishes its active user numbers.

Dreamworld stats

The Hypergrid Business database currently tracks 1,271 grids, of which 267 were active this month.

OutWorldz has another system for tracking grid counts, and currently has a total of 2,521 grids. This is up by 339 from last month.

The total tally includes 17 percent of DreamWorlds or grids created with the DreamWorld software that allows users to easily create and run grids at home as well as to connect to other OpenSim grids.

Of the 2,521 grids, only about 379 grids are online, of which 56 are hypergriddable. The test to determine whether sims are online runs every hour and offline grids tested every four hours.

The details of statistics can be found on Hyperica directory of grids. and the daily summaries here on the OutWorldz website.

Any grid owner can add their grid into the list on the OutWorldz website if OutWorldz is not currently tracking its online status.

Kitely adds 300 more products

Kitely added close to 300 new products this month and now has a total of 10,913 product listings, containing 20,634 product variations, of which 15,855 are sold with the export permission.

Kitely Market has delivered items to 228 OpenSim grids to date, up by five grids this month.

Kitely exportables have been rising month by month. (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, giving their residents ready access to a wide, legal, and ever-growing collection of content.

VirTec records increase in spending on grids

Expenditure on VirTec network by various grids. (VirTec Data.)

Grids registered a nine percent increase in spending on the VirTec network compared to last month. This was the largest increase since May this year.

VirTec is a vending machine network owned by DigiWorldz which can be used to create and manage sales across many OpenSim grids, both on and off the hypergrid, and supports multiple currencies.

InWorldz stayed on the lead in terms of expenditure on the network followed by DigiWorldz, Virtual Mecca, Baller Nation and Genesis Metaverse.

OpenSimulator Community Conference to be held next month

OpenSimulator Community Conference, an annual event for OpenSim developers and the user community, will open doors next month from December 9 and 10 on the OpenSimulator Conference Center grid.

The event will focus on the latest software releases, visions for the future, and technologies or content today that are shaping the future of the OpenSim platform. The organizers are still looking for volunteers, presenters and sponsors. The event will feature short presentations, panels, performances, and workshops.

View all news, schedules and other information on the OpenSim Community Conference website.

HIE performs load test for next month’s Expo

The Hypergrid International Expo grid just completed its first load test last Wednesday, November  8 in preparation for the The Hypergrid International Expo that happens on December 16 and 17.

The expo will feature presentations from various grids, conference and training sessions. The multi language conference will feature presentations in French, German, Italian and Spanish, with English translation. The grid is dedicated to the Expo courtesy of Phaandor Pertwee and has only five regions.

The hypergrid address is: hie.ddnss.org:8006

Metropolis deletes infringing content, plans more bans

Metropolis grid announced this week that they have deleted several freebie regions that were violating copyrights, including Adachi that had “repeatedly violated” the grid’s Terms of Service.

The grid has now decided to delete Adachi owner’s inventory on the grid and issue a ban on grid usage, grid founder Lena Vanilli wrote in a Google Plus post.

The action will send a strong signal that the need to take serious copyright issues and to respect grid Terms of Service that discourage infringement, although it would not be received well by some people, read the statement.

Adachi has been at the center of copyright violations and related controversies in the recent past, with complains against it flying from every side. Metropolis grid, last month, called upon anyone with complains about copyright infringement on the grid to send an official complain.

Nine other regions are also associated with the same IP and since Metropolis must assume that there could be further damage from the IP, they might delete all the regions associated with that IP to prevent further damage, unless the company hosting Adachi region sends Metropolis a statement saying that they have discontinued hosting the region from their server as that would assure Metropolis that the IP would not pose further risk.

Former ZanGrid residents open a mini-grid in DigiWorldz

The Orchid Height community, which is a community of former ZanGrid residents, will open its doors to public as an enclave on the DigiWorldz grid. The grand opening will be at noon Pacific time on Saturday, November 18.

“We are still building up, but the main region Orchid Heights is ready to go and for this event we like to celebrate our landing in DigiWorldz,” former ZanGrid owner Suzan Moennink told Hypergrid Business.

ZanGrid closed last month after half a decade of OpenSim service as the owner went for further studies.

Those wanting to join the new Orchid Height community group can create an account at the website and when they login to OpenSim, they will land on the Orchid Heights welcome region and not the DigiWorldz welcome region.

“As a grid within a grid we also will offer regions to people who would like to own a region,” she said. “They will have full owner ship of those regions.” Orchid Heights will promote those regions on their webpage and on social media.

The community is formed by a group of people who were formerly at ZanGrid and who wanted to stay together and were searching for a new home grid.

“As grid owner of ZanGrid I helped them by giving the owner of DigiWorldz the filtered IAR and OAR files of those people, so he could load them on their avatar and on their regions in DigiWorldz,” Moennink  said. “Soon Orchid heights will have all their regions on their own server in DigiWorldz.”

Alchemy to have better currency support

The latest release of Alchemy OpenSim viewer released a few days ago features Gloebit’s proposed currency extensions for the first time.

Developers of Singularity and Alchemy viewers last month confirmed they would implement the module although they said they would need to do some changes on the patch code.

The patch, which was developed by the Gloebit team led by its CEO Christopher Colosi, will bring multi-currency support in OpenSim and eliminate the need for Gloebit users to do complicated coding and configuration for their grids and regions to support various money modules.

Phoenix Firestorm project manager Jessica Lyon also said in a post that allowing Firestorm users to purchase Gloebits currency on multiple grids via the viewer was a big step forward.

However, the team needed some legal advice before they can go ahead with the implementation of the patch in the Firestorm viewer.

For example, would be any complications for Firestorm if an unethical OpenSim grid owner exploited users’ money on their grid while the user is purchasing currency, or when the grid collapses, and the user takes the grid to court?

“And while we would most likely not be held accountable since we can prove we had no control over or interception of said transactions, we would still have to prove it and in doing so endure legal costs, travel expenses and a lot of headaches,” she said.

The full proposal of the patch can be read here.

Get sensational at Sensation City Black Millenium 2017

Sacrarium Grid region Sensation City will host the Sensation Black Millennium dance on November 23. Entertainment will be by Hard Techno and Hardstyle.

The small village is located on mountains and overlooking the sea so you get good sea views as well as enjoy good natural scenery.

Participants can also visit the beach where there is a store offering freebies, a club, Christmas market, and entertainment with DJs.

The hypergrid address is: sacrarium24.ru:8002:sensation city.

Transitions

Fifteen new grids were added to our list this November, including GlobusGrid, Moons Paradise, Ausgrid, DGridMen, VartownGrid, Imperial World, Hidden Oasis, Kokomo-World, Krabat Grid, Rhia’s Hideaway, Sunvibes Grid, SocialMouse, VirtualHarmony, Virtuality Grid, and the Hypergrid International Expo grid.

The following eight grids were marked as suspended this month: Avi Globe Grid, Blackswan, FranEsti Grid, New Zealand Virtual World Grid – Auckland, Rissland, SLFDGrid, Virtual ABDL Grid, and Virtual Dreamz.

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.

November 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 1,271 different publicly-accessible grids, 268 of which were active this month, and 197 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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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].

  • Cinder Biscuits

    Alchemy Viewer with hypergrid currency support was released a few days ago. It is available to download now.

  • Da Hayward

    Once again great article. well done. Was interested to note that Genesis Metaverse showed an increase in user’s but a drop in region equivalents. But well done to all the grids mentioned.

    • Clydar

      I am so happy to be involved in a number of the reported grids! Learning about hypergridding has come kind of late to this old bird, but it has been so well worth the effort to learn!

      I’m also aware of the drop in equivalents, but the grids may be reporting only the region itself and not the equivalent size. VAR regions are singular regions, after all, and I think HGB should try to report the VAR’s apart from the standard region. Those regions are amazingly wonderful for use with vehicles as they don’t have those annoying sim crossings we all despised in SecondLife (though I used to take a vehicle and see how many sims I could cross without crashing!) I have the utmost respect for all these grids and love my virtual life in them!

      • Da Hayward

        I totally agree. I think and am pretty sure that Maria and david report region equivalents though.
        They base the grids region numbers on the land area equal to a standard 256 x 256 region. for example although not posted as they are included in the DigiWorldz count, Kea Nation would report 2016 regions although it is actually 126 linked 4×4 VAR regions. But I do agree Open Sim is really a great place to be

  • watcher64

    Holy crap,
    “The massive growth in land area in the month was led by OpenSim Life which added a total of 2,458 standard region”

    Not only are you still scraping my stats , when I asked you not to, you are still getting them wrong … SMDH

    • I just checked the database … the link we have to the stats page is here: http://opensim.life/osloginscreen/

      There are several different land area numbers provided, including various region counts.

      But it also shows land area of in square kilometers. When a straight square footage number is available, we’ll use that.

      Each square kilometer holds 15.2587 standard regions. (Each region is 65,536 square meters.) At the time the data was collected, that added up to 2,532 regions. Today, it’s listed as 165,960 square kilometers, or the equivalent of 10,876 standard regions.

      We do not remove stats from our report because grid owners ask us to. Otherwise, we’d only be running stats for those grids whose numbers went up that month. However, we do remove stats when those stats are not accurate.

      If this page shows inaccurate land area information, I’ll remove those numbers from the report.

      • watcher64

        So yes you are scraping and republishing my stats without my permission and your interpretation of the stats, be they wrong or right is not my concern. But since you will not stop and you were asked to do so, I’m going to state right now, I am going to post random stats, just to screw with you. And since here in public I am saying that the stats will be falsified, you will be publishing FALSE stats. Have fun.

        • Da Hayward

          bit of a immature attitude

          • I just realized this could be a troll — the email given in this comment doesn’t match the one we have on file for the owner of the grid. I’ve contacted the owners directly, and if they confirm that the stats on their stats page are, in fact, random made up numbers — which actually sounds a lot like something a troll would say about a competing grid! — then I’ll update the story and the database.

          • watcher64

            There was an email sent to David from the grid account , maybe you should check that …

          • watcher64

            I can see that you will not stop, yet there is even a legal disclaimer on the page requesting that the information on the page not be republished, so THAT makes it NOT public, but as I can see that logic and common respect don’t apply here, I will remove my comments, as they fall on deaf ears anyway ..

          • That’s the link that was in the get_grid_info information page as the login screen for the grid. When looking for stats, we check that first. This is the page that also shows the official name of the grid, and other key information about it.

            For example, here’s the info page for OSgrid: http://login.osgrid.org/get_grid_info

            Meanwhile, I sent an email to the owner we have on record for this grid, to confirm that the numbers are, in fact, incorrect. I haven’t heard back yet.

            Meanwhile, there seems to be a misunderstanding about the nature of public information.

            There are certain things a company cannot copyright. For example, a telephone company can’t copyright the listing of names and phone numbers. (That’s why a lot of competing organizations can publish phone directories.) However, a company CAN copyright a particular creative work — an article announcing the release of the data, for example, or the graphic that goes with it.

            So, for example, the design and graphics on a stats page are copyrighted, and a competing grid can’t just grab them and use it for their own.

            Note that I said “competing grid.” If the graphic is use in a non-commercial, editorial way, then people CAN use that information. So, for example, if I’m writing an article about how different grids design their websites, I can use screenshots of those websites in an article.

            This is pretty much a mainstay of business journalism. If you weren’t allowed to publish earnings numbers when companies released them, or write reviews of their products, then we wouldn’t have much of a press left. (I covered Wall Street for about ten years, so I’m very familiar with the concept of publishing information companies don’t want to have out there.)

            If you don’t want the public to have your numbers, don’t publish your numbers. Plenty of other grids take that path, for a variety of reasons.

            On the other hand, publishing the numbers means that every month you get an in-bound link in an article indexed by Google News. This is good for SEO, and is one of the main reasons we do this article every month, in addition, of course, to helping people find new grids to visit. The stats are a major attention-grabber, which means that more people see the article — and see the other news items in the report, and see that OpenSim is alive, and growing, and worth visiting.

            I do not make money from this. I do enjoy exploring OpenSim and writing about cutting edge technology, but Hypergrid Business isn’t my claim to fame and fortune and doesn’t actually give me any power.

            (My day job is covering cybersecurity and artificial intelligence: links here — http://www.mariakorolov.com)

          • watcher64

            It is immature to ask to be left out of something you don’t want to be a part of , and then be ignored? Then Ok it IS immature ..

        • I’m not sure why you think this is personal. It’s a database that collects public information. You don’t have to publish stats. But once you do, you can’t restrict how media report on them.

          That said, given that you’re saying that you are deliberately publishing random numbers, we will of course take your grid off our stats list. We do that whenever we have information that a grid is either deliberately or accidentally providing incorrect data.

          I do have to say that I’m not sure what you’re trying to accomplish here. If you don’t want people to know your stats, just don’t publish them.

          Publishing the stats then saying “but don’t believe us, these numbers are just random” is pretty weird.

          • watcher64

            My stats are on a page that is not published as a public page , it is only published as a extension of the grid for the viewer to read, which you had to pull from the grid info to “make” it a public page .. Yep it is a bit childish, so be it.

            These stats are not published as a pubic page they are not listed ANYWHERE as a public link and are intended for viewer use only, that must be a difficult concept. But Ok, we know you think you are entitled to EVERYTHING in the virtual worlds as you are the end all and be all of reporting. Yet I am being the childish one. You were asked to not publish them but in your own words, “We do not remove stats from our report because grid owners ask us to” , so that is a bit egotistical on your part, and again I guess I am being the childish one … So be it .

  • A person claiming to be the owner of OpenSim Life posted — then took down — a series of comments about the stats on their grid. I contacted the owner via the information I had on file for them, and they didn’t respond, so don’t know if the comments are accurate or not. In them, the owner claimed that their stats were random and made up.

    Were they a troll?

    But the stats page WAS edited just now to remove the land area stats, leaving just the numbers on the home page. Does this mean that the comments WERE legitimate, and the stats are, in fact, incorrect?

    Or maybe the owner saw the discussion, and removed just the incorrect number — the square kilometers — and the rest of the data is accurate?

    I’m so confused! I just rewrote the lead of the story taking out their stats altogether (we don’t want to knowingly run incorrect data) and was about to post it — but now I’m thinking that I’ll compromise and use the numbers they have on their home screen. After all, I don’t want to take the word of a random online commenter that a grid is making up its stats.

    So basically, I’m going to take the grid’s numbers on their home page on their face value.

    Meanwhile, if anyone has corrections on anything in this story — or anywhere on the site, for that matter — please email David, or email me directly at [email protected].

    Thanks!

  • In case anyone was following the comment thread here as comments were popping up and disappearing again, the actual owner of OpenSim Life did contact me to confirm that the numbers we had previously for them were incorrect, and they also took down their stats pages. So I revised David’s story accordingly, in case you’re wondering why the headline and the lead have changed.

  • Lurker

    Interesting note on the Metropolis banning of certain sims; It appears that they have also banned all of their (Metropolis Grid) members from the ability to hyper grid to another sim mentioned in this article. Apparently the ownership of Metropolis grid feel they can decide where and where not their registered members can visit from their grid and do so without telling their members. Granted they can do as they damn well please, but I’m appalled that they are arbitrarily decide something like this without informing the average user.
    My beef is that as a member of their grid, they can stop me from going to specific places with out notifying me. It’s clear they are doing so to stop the import of alleged copybotted material into their grid but they are crazy if banning people ability to hop to another grid is going to stop these items from entering their grid. In fact it will probably drive people to bring more into their grid. If you are that damn worried about and illegal content, then make your closed grid. Maybe they should focus on improving their service to their members to provide a more lag free experience. And FYI – I’m not one of the people banned or involved with the sims that were removed, though I do support ones ability to use their content where ever they want.

    • Hyacinth Landry

      My grid was collateral damage in all this. I had to remove a lot of items from the asset server and inventory after spending all weekend hunting them down. Some of the domains and IP’s were blocked in such a way that they were actually crashing the servers hard this weekend, trying to lookup the creator ID’s. I’ve never seen that before.