All OpenSim stats increased this month but the most dramatic increase was on Atek Grid, which more than quadrupled its land area this month with nearly 400 new regions.
There are now a total of 56,011 standard region equivalents on the 217 public OpenSim grids that released their stats, 418,293 registered users, and 23,934 active users. That is a gain of more than 1,000 regions, more than 5,600 registered users, and nearly 700 new active users.
As mentioned above, Atek grid was the biggest land gainer, with 376 new regions, bringing the total regions on the grid to 472. This is an excellent showing for a new grid. Atek is an open grid, meaning that users can connect regions for free. It is sponsored by CloudServe, a low-cost OpenSim hosting company.
In fact, 92 percent of all OpenSim regions — 50,801 — are on hypergrid-enabled grids, with just 3,876 regions on closed grids.
Hypergrid-enabled grids also continued to gain active users this month at the expense of the closed grids.
Last month was the first time since InWorldz began reporting its active user statistics that the hypergrid had more active users than closed grids.
For company and school grids, relative popularity is not an issue — the grids are set up for a specific purpose, and if they meet that purpose, then they are successful. The same is true for grids run by niche communities or that serve a special need not met elsewhere.
But when it comes to general-purpose social grids, especially closed grids, the rule of thumb is: the bigger and 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.
With that in mind, here are the ten most popular grids this month:
- InWorldz: 7,522 active users
- Metropolis: 3,453 active users
- Avination: 1,687 active users
- Kitely: 923 active users
- Island Oasis: 881 active users
- Craft World: 877 active users
- 3rd Rock Grid: 742 active users
- Lost Paradise: 432 active users
- FrancoGrid: 383 active users
- Littlefield: 353 active users
- Great Canadian Grid: 315 active users
InWorldz was the biggest gainer, with 219 new actives, followed by Next Reality with 179, Metropolis with 155, the new open WestWorld Grid with 138, the great Canadian Grid with 120, Craft with 108, Virtual Live Brazil with 75 and 3rd Rock Grid with 62 new active users.
WestWorld was launched late last month, a free-to-connect open grid sponsored by Tangle Grid. WestWorld is competing directly against Atek Grid for users.
Avination, a closed commercial grid competing directly with InWorldz, was the biggest loser, with 159 fewer actives this month than last month. Island Oasis, another closed commercial grid, lost 82 active users.
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We have 29 new grids added to our database since this time last month, including Fantasy World, AquaFox World, Creative Citizen Grid, Naseby Village, Freedomland, DigiSoul, Snow Matrix, Virtual Dream, Hypergridder, My Educational Community, Western Springs, Auth, Mirage, RippersMetaverse, Hiro’s PC, Shadowy Tales, Justice Grid, Al Grid, HDD VR, Chezeworld, Fantasy World, Dream Forest, Wer ist Wo, North-March, Dreamscape, Open Community Grid, Avi-Labs, 14 Virtual, and The Reef.
And the following 19 grids have been marked as suspended: AnjWorld, BunnehGrid, Calbertville, Contepomi, Exnixia, Heavens Gates, Hippy Grid, Home of Xerdar, Langalf’s Demesne, LifeStyle 3D, Peter’s World, PierSimConnect, R.World, Rescue Grid, SecondLearning, SRPSIM, The Gyre, University of the Aegean, and Virtual Gay Kingdom.
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.
There were a total of 1,583 new downloads of the OpenSim software this month, bringing the total downloads to over 216,000. However, the counter on the official OpenSimulator.org site was down. The Diva Distro had 511 new downloads, New World Studio had 18, and Sim-on-a-Stick saw the most new downloads this month at 1,054.
January 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 over 943 different publicly-accessible grids, 259 of which were active this month, and 217 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.
- Virtual Worlds Grid: 19,785 regions
- OSgrid: 8,282 regions
- Kitely: 6,589 regions
- Metropolis: 5,963 regions
- Lost Paradise: 2,061 regions
- InWorldz: 1,284 regions
- SimValley: 1,105 regions
- Excelsior Station: 1,024 regions
- Avination: 654 regions
- 3rd Rock Grid: 644 regions
- Atek Grid: 472 regions
- Virtual Highway: 442 regions
- Littlefield: 334 regions
- Open Virtual Worlds: 320 regions
- FrancoGrid: 282 regions
- ZetaWorlds: 277 regions
- Pleasure Island: 257 regions
- Next Reality: 255 regions
- Island Oasis: 220 regions
- Zandramas: 207 regions
- SirinHGpole: 204 regions
- Craft World: 177 regions
- Logicamp: 174 regions
- Grid Nirvana: 162 regions
- Japan Open Grid: 151 regions
- Anettes Welt: 150 regions
- SimudyneGrid: 149 regions
- Adreans-World: 140 regions
- Dorena’s World: 140 regions
- OpenSim.ru: 122 regions
- DWGrid: 119 regions
- Nemesis 3D: 113 regions
- EdMondo: 111 regions
- Infinite Grid: 105 regions
- GerGrid: 100 regions
- PMGrid: 96 regions
- DreamNation: 94 regions
- Encitra Home Grid: 92 regions
- Neuland: 90 regions
- Great Canadian Grid: 87 regions
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