OpenSim grids grow 11% since last month

The world’s top 40 OpenSim-based grids gained 1,055 regions over the past month, from 9,533 to 10,588, an increase of more than 11 percent.

By comparison, Second Life grew just 1.4 percent during the same time period, according to data from Grid Survey.

As usual, OSGrid was the single biggest gainer, with 937 new regions. OSGrid allows anyone to connect a region for free, and also offers an automated region launcher, making it even easier for home-based users to set up their own worlds at no cost.

We’ve begun tracking a few new grids this week, including the historically-themed Heritage Key, and the recently-launched JokaydiaGrid. Other grids that we’re now tracking are Logicamp, My3dWorld, Land of Vikings, DWGrid, FunGridOtherland, Cybergrid, and GovGrid, though the last six were too small to make this month’s round-up.

The Nile Image by Loki Popinjay. (Image courtesy Heritage Key.)

The Nile, by Loki Popinjay. (Image courtesy Heritage Key.)

The grid that showed the single largest percentage point increase was Germany’s Wilder Westen grid, which increased more than 500 percent in size, from 6 to 40 regions. Wilder Westen, where both English and German are spoken, is a Wild West-themed region with OMC currency shopping, historic recreations, desert landscapes. Managers plan to roll out Old West-style shootouts and horse races soon.

The biggest loser was Avatar Hangout, which dropped from 142 regions in mid-March, to just 95 regions now. The fall is likely due to the recent ownership change.

Meanwhile, hypergrid-enabled destinations continue to multiply. The Hypergrid Worlds directory is currently tracking more than 40 active hypergrid-enabled grids, with 140 different hypergrid-enabled regions.

April Region Counts

Note: You can browse all hypergrid-enabled public grids with Hyperica, the directory of hypergrid destinations.

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15 Responses

  1.' Hallow Palmer says:

    To say OS grows and use the region count for this is not a good way.

    I know grids, they're explode over night from 200 to 400 regions. 2 days later the regions are back to 200.

    The user count maybe the better choice to say OS grows or not.

  2. Hallow —

    I'm starting to come around to your point of view.

    We've been focusing on region counts since regions cost money — or server space — and user accounts are free. You can create as many accounts as you wish, on most grids, and can also have accounts on multiple grids as well. Regions are harder to set up. At least, I thought they were until ScienceSim ran up 1,000 new regions overnight. As I recall, they ran them on just one server.

    Total user accounts — especially users active in the past month — can give a good indication of trends at least, if not of actual users. And they can show the relative activity on individual grids.

    We'll start tracking them this month, and start posting the totals next month.

    – Maria

  3. Hallow —

    One problem. Cyberlandia is using a distributed grid model — they have a centralized directory of all the regions on the grid, but not a centralized server of user accounts. Everything is linked together via the hypergrid.

    They're clearly a single community.

    As long as it stays just one grid, no big deal. It only throws the data off a little bit. But what do we do if we get a lot of other grids following their example? Any ideas?

    – Maria

  4. Hallow —

    One more problem with trying to track user numbers is that not all regions are disclosing this information. The total regions can be monitored in an automated way, and confirmed by simply visiting the grid and checking that the regions are there — or using a bot to do this.

    There's no way to get either get or verify user information externally.

    — Maria

  5. Should look into Olantica it is also a growing virtual world as well 😛

    • They’re on my list, yes, but they’re not growing that fast right now. I’ll be posting new data tomorrow, but right now it looks like they’ve gained two regions over the past our weeks, and lost two active users, while gaining 33 new registered users. So it looks like they’ll need to do a bit more aggressive marketing or promotion to get onto a “fast growing” list. That’s not to say that every grid has to grow. Some grids serve their intended purpose very well while staying small.

  6.' Guest says:

    Uum where is Avination listed? We are selling over 10 regions a day right now and have had over 2k new sign-ups in just the last few days

  7.' Gaga says:

    Last I heard, Heritage Key had given up on Opensim and closed their grid. They had a first look app on a web page with Unity3D. From what I read they decided to develop that instead of Opensim.

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