OpenSim land area grew by the equivalent of 6,437 standard regions last month — enough to pass the 90,000 milestone for the first time in history.
The public grids reached 90,757 regions despite the fact that several large grids have stopped publishing land area stats, including InWorldz, Great Canadian Grid, and The Adult Grid.
Active user numbers went up only by 484, to 32,593. Growth was depressed somewhat by the closing of ZanGrid, which had 342 active users last month.
The massive growth in land area in the month was led by OpenSim Life which added a total of 2,458 standard region equivalents since we last collected the data in September. Next 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.)
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.
This month, OSgrid still 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.
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 items, OARs and free seamless textures that you can download and use on your grids.
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:
OSgrid: 3,979 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
Metropolis: 3,870 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
GreekLife: 2,130 active users (HG hg.grid-greeklife.info:8002)
DigiWorldz: 1,974 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
Island Oasis: 1,176 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
Kitely: 1,153 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
Sacrarium: 954 active users (HG sacrarium24.ru:8002)
Lost Paradise: 930 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
Eureka World: 897 active users (HG 184.108.40.206:9000)
Kroatan Grid: 751 active users (HG kroatan.de:8002)
Dorena’s World: 745 active users (HG dorenas-world.de:8002)
Craft World: 690 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
Exo-Life: 677 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
DreamNation: 591 active users
Virtual Brasil: 585 active users (HG mundo.virtualbrasil3d.com.br:8002)
Logicamp: 486 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
FrancoGrid: 444 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
Genesis MetaVerse: 427 active users (HG grid.genesismetaverse.com:8002)
Neverworld: 399 active users (HG hg.neverworldgrid.com:8002)
ZetaWorlds: 365 active users (HG hg.zetaworlds.com:80:Welcome)
EdMondo: 351 active users (HG slw.indire.it:8002)
YrGrid: 345 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
Eros Resort: 336 active users (HG opensim.bci3d.com:8002)
Nextlife World: 313 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
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.
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