Maria Korolov posted a very interesting post on Hypergrid Business about the dark metaverse on Sunday 19th January 2014. The estimation from the research is that there are around 50, 000 regions in the “dark metaverse” that are run privately or that they don’t report their stats.
To get an estimate of the size of this “dark metaverse” I contacted hosting companies providers to find out what percentage of their customers were operating in private mode.
There was a wide range, from 20 percent private to 75 percent private for some commercial hosting providers, all the way up to more than 90 percent private for New World Studio grids.
Combing all the sources, that comes out to 60 percent of simulations are run in private mode on average, not accessible to the public.
This graph shows there are more regions in private opensim grids than there are on public opensim grids in 2014 which would explain the dark metaverse. A year from now it will be cool to see the numbers to compare the difference between the private/public grids.
In the comments section and via Twitter message Lani Global created some new graphs showing the total metaverse size for OpenSim private regions, OpenSim Public regions and Second Life regions which is really interesting.
As of 20th January 2014 there are now 109,641 regions in metaverse altogether (estimated) as the stats show below in the graphs. It will be interesting to see the numbers in a year’s time to compare the differences in the size of OpenSim and Second Life.
Summary of the grid numbers
- Second Life grid = 26,191 regions (23.9%)
- OpenSim Public Grids = 33,380 regions (30.4%)
- Opensim Private “Dark Metaverse” = 50,070 regions (45.7%)
- Total Opensim = 83,450 regions (76.1%)
- Total Metaverse = 109,641 regions (100%)
This graph shows the estimated metaverse size of OpenSim + Second Life in 2013, 2014 and for 2015.
These are great graphs showing a good estimation on the total amount of regions there are as of today in the metaverse. Again OpenSim is growing steady each year and Second Life continues to decline each year.
I do hope for growth in Second Life regions this year or next year because that will be good for the Second Life economy as a whole and good in terms of numbers.