2016 hasn’t been easy for OpenSim

This past year has been a troubling one for OpenSim, with slowing growth rates and increasing concerns that OpenSim will be sidelined by advances in virtual reality platforms.

Active users numbers went up, but at a slower rate than in any of the previous years, and a steep decline from the record-high growth rates that we saw last year.

Active user numbers and growth rates. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Registered users were up only slightly, with a lower growth rate than in any of the previous years.

Registered user numbers and growth rates. (Hypergrid Business data.)

And total land area on OpenSim’s public grids actually decreased this year.

Region numbers and growth rates. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Some grids did better than others, however.

The top ten fastest-growing grids were AllCitySinful GridDigiWorldzMetropolisGenesis MetaVerseKitelyLost ParadiseDreamNationOSgrid and Exo-Life.

Active user numbers and year-over-year increase. (Hypergrid Business data.)

AllCity was the biggest gainer, with a net increase of 1,077 active users since this time last year. AllCity also ranked the highest in this year’s grid survey.

InWorldz had the biggest drop in active users. It went from 6489 this time last year to 5947 this month, a fall of 542 active users. Logicamp lost 439 after a serious server failure this fall, and Great Canadian Grid lost 410 active users after it capped its growth.

Registered user numbers and year-over-year increase. (Hypergrid Business

Kitely brought in the highest number of new registered users, at 24,630, with InWorldz a closest second at 23,398.

Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is a science fiction writer who covers cybersecurity, AI and extended reality as a tech journalist at her day job.
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