OpenSim land area fell by the equivalent of 8,820 standard regions, and active users dropped by 1,968 due to combination of school holidays and fewer grids reporting stats than in the last couple of months.
In addition to InWorldz, Great Canadian Grid, and The Adult Grid, other grids that did not have working stats pages this month included My First Life, Astralia, Atek Grid, 2Worlds2Go, Alife Virtual, AllCity, Kroatan Grid, Alterworld Grid, OpenSim Life, and Eros Resort.
This month had the lowest total land area since January of 2017 and the lowest active user numbers since last September.
OpenSim land area has been falling since November last year. (Hypergrid Business Data.)
The largest gainer in land mass in the last month was OSGrid whose land increased by 412 standard equivalent regions, followed by HGLuv with 65 more and Adreans-World with 32 additional regions.
OSgrid is the largest grid in size with 19,333 standard region equivalents, followed by Kitely with 17,325, Metropolis with 6,744 and Lost Paradise with 4,354.
Virtual Worlds Grid, Metropolis and DigiWorldz were the largest losers in land area this month, having lost 842, 199, and 75 standard region equivalents respectively.
Kitely was the most valuable grid this month when it comes to bringing in new users with 1,404 new registrations. It was followed by InWorldz with 1,349, and education-focused grids Emilac with 745, OSgrid with 509 and Virtual Brasil with 448.
There are 1,278 grids in our database in total, with 265 being active and 191 reporting statistics this month, down from 199 grids last month.
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, there are more than 1,139 grids, out of which about 29 percent are mini-grids created with this installer alone so far.
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. OutWorldz 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.
Sacrarium grid gained the highest number of active users with 270 new actives, followed by Party Destination Grid with 193, Dynamic Worldz with 130, Neverworld with 99 and Kitely with 84.
Top 25 most popular grids this month:
OSgrid: 4,180 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
Metropolis: 3,356 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
DigiWorldz: 2,053 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
GreekLife: 1,510 active users (HG hg.grid-greeklife.info:8002)
Sacrarium: 1,491 active users (HG sacrarium24.ru:8002)
Eureka World: 1,152 active users (HG 220.127.116.11:9000)
Kitely: 1,118 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
Island Oasis: 1,098 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
Lost Paradise: 963 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
Craft World: 732 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
Exo-Life: 691 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
Dorena’s World: 629 active users (HG dorenas-world.de:8002)
Party Destination Grid: 580 active users (HG partydestinationgrid.com:8002)
Virtual Brasil: 533 active users (HG mundo.virtualbrasil3d.com.br:8002)
DreamNation: 532 active users
FrancoGrid: 462 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
Dynamic Worldz: 449 active users (HG grid.dynamicworldz.com:8002)
Neverworld: 410 active users (HG hg.neverworldgrid.com:8002)
YrGrid: 354 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
Nextlife World: 344 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
Anettes Welt: 331 active users (HG anettes-welt.de:8002)
ZetaWorlds: 331 active users (HG hg.zetaworlds.com:80:Welcome)
3rd Rock Grid: 310 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)
Littlefield: 301 active users (HG lfgrid.com:8002)
EdMondo: 291 active users (HG slw.indire.it:8002)
GreekLife lost the highest number of active users at 420 followed by the OpenSimulator Community Conference grid with 347, Dorena’s World with 185 and Eureka World with 151.
The Hypergrid Business database currently tracks 1,277 grids, of which 269 were active this month.
OutWorldz has another system for tracking grid counts, and has currently counted a total of 1,139 grids so far with only about 328 being online. The total tally includes 29.6 percent or 97 DreamWorlds or grids created with the DreamWorld software owned by OutWorldz.
The software allows users to easily create and run grids at home as well as to connect to other OpenSim grids.
Out of the total tally by OutWorldz, only about 140 appear to be hypergriddable or having capability to at one time or the other.
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 delivers to 245 grids
There are currently 11,124 product listings in Kitely Market containing 21,176 product variations, of which 16,263 are sold with export permission.
Kitely Market has delivered items to 245 OpenSim grids to date.
Exportable products on Kitely continue to increase. (Kitely Market 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 network revenue down
VirTec, a network of vending machines that work on multiple grids and support a variety of currencies, reported that there was a decline in revenue of two percent in December and the number of merchants fell slightly, from 40 to 38.
This is the lowest number of merchants reported on the network.
Value of transactions on VirTec Network started to rise last