What grid have you moved to after the closure of InWorldz ?
Check out the next big BURN2 event happening in Second Life in early August 2018.
BURN2 2018 – Burnstock will be open between 3rd to 5th August 2018. There will be games, live music, races and more interesting events happening. This is the second time the event has been hosted.
Here is more information about BURN2 Burnstock Weekend 2018…
The sounds of drums, music, sultry voices, even primal screams…
Here in the dog days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s nice to have something to look forward to. It’s the season of open-air concerts, pool or beach parties, all kinds of reasons to have a party. Even the Southern Hemisphere can look forward to events to warm things up a bit.
Well, BURN2 is no exception. Coming up the first weekend in August, we have Burnstock, the second time we’ve had this happening. Last year was such fun, we’re doing it again!
Mark your calendars and join us – there will be more than just music going on – races, games, THUNDERDOME… be there! Yes, we have, ahhh, facilities too! BYOTP
Who are we?
BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man Regional, the only virtual world Regional out of more than 100 Regional groups worldwide, and the only Regional to burn the Man!
This unique virtual Regional spreads the culture and Ten Principles of Burning Man year-round in Second Life, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall — a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.
BURN2 — www.burn2.org
Burning Man — http://burningman.org
Please spread the word about BURN2 2018 – Burnstock. Don’t forget the big 2018 BURN2 festival in Second Life starts 19th to 28th October 2018.
InWorldz is now offline and has officially closed down.
This is a such sad day for the OpenSim community and all InWorldz residents.
Last night there was one final gathering where over 60+ people attended on InWorldz Desert Island saying their final goodbyes.
Goodbye InWorldz 😦
Thanks for the happy memories over the years.
Within the last few hours or so it appears that the campaign to try and save InWorldz is no longer accepting donations. This is a real shame because it was so near to the $17, 000 goal mark.
Good effort though to the community in raising $16, 211 within the first few days. This is definitely something to be proud of.
It’s unlikely that InWorldz will continue from this Friday onwards unless there is good news from somewhere. There is a 50/50 possibility there may be a new grid forming soon.
I will post more updates when I hear more.
OpenSIm Breaking News
Today it’s been announced that the well-known and popular InWorldz grid will be sadly closing down later this week after financial difficulties according to Beth Reischl via the InWorldz announcements page.
This is such sad news and shocking to read about.
InWorldz was one of the first grids I signed up on OpenSim. I have enjoyed attending events, helping out and I have been hugely interested in InWorldz since the start. I have had so many happy memories over the years and it would be heartbreaking if the grid went offline forever.
If InWorldz does shut down on Friday 27th July 2018 it would be the biggest lost on OpenSim so far. I think that OpenSim will be much weaker and interest may start to fall. I really hope the InWorldz community can come together and help save InWorldz from closing down later this week.
There is a fundraiser going on via GoFundMe by Beth – so far $8. 145 has been raised out of $17, 000 which is the main goal. Help save InWorldz here! 🙂
Here is the full post on the state of inWorldz posted by Beth…
Over the course of the last 10 years, I have met some amazing people in the metaverse space. Creative, honest, intelligent, caring and wonderful people. Those of you who know me, you pretty much know who you are, the list is too long to post here.
During that amount of time, we’ve done some amazing work to bring the absolute best results to InWorldz. Were all of them perfect? No. But I’ve yet to find any software that is ever actually perfect.
I know a lot of our residents are wondering what is going on, cashouts have been frozen for 2 weeks, support has been spotty and a host of other things. So this is probably the hardest post I’ve ever written about the state of InWorldz currently. I’ll start with the history so everyone knows what has been going on, and I’ve always been as honest as possible with everyone, so bear with me please.
In middle May, we took a loan from LoanBuilders, a subsidiary of PayPal. What made this so attractive to me, is the fact it was the same company I’d done business with for years under PayPal’s Working Capital loans. It’s how we’ve managed in past to cover some development costs, moving David from Buffalo to San Antonio, etc. Common business practice. Under the Working Capital loans though, it was never a revolving credit, just a loan that was there until it was paid off, then you could re-apply after it was finished being paid off. So when they notified me that they had become a subsidiary of PayPal and could offer the revolving credit, I was very happy.
That happiness took a huge turn. The first payment was scheduled at the end of May. I received notice from them that it was NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds). I checked our bank account, the monies had not even attempted to be taken and the monies were definitely there. I emailed them and let them know something was wrong as they had not hit our bank account. They asked me for a voided check, to which I responded on May 30, I did not have access to since they are up in storage. I asked them if I could provide a different form of proof of account, namely a PDF of our routing / account number provided to me by Chase, our business bank. No response. As I traveled, they left me a voicemail as I was not taking international calls. When I returned, I discovered that they had put UCC Liens against both our Regions and our Cashout Accounts through PayPal. The liens means no payments out, no transfers, nothing. I called them and asked them how we get this taken care of. I might mention at this point, that instead of saying, yeah ok we made a mistake and yeah you got no email back from us on May 30 or May 31, the representative was very combative in blaming me for the entire mix up. She tells me to pay up the past due balance, and it might take a week or two to get the UCC’s, but all should be ok. I authorized the amount. I call her the next day to ask when we can get the UCC liens removed, she tells me, well now we need to see you make 2 more payments and it will still take at least another week beyond that (3 weeks in total). I ask the obvious, ok how would you like me to do that when you have all the funds tied up behind the UCC’s? She says, that’s not our issue you have to figure it out. I canceled that transaction.
I called them the following Monday, obviously they were not happy with my decision. We spoke with a different representative, and we worked out a deal for a partial and then the next week, plus the Stop payment I had put on to be removed. I called a few days later, I was told that now I had to negotiate the UCC liens and what was being held, and they would absolutely want the past due balance. I agreed and even said, take the next payment as well. The next day, I’m informed they want 100% of both accounts, plus the following payment. This was last Friday. My response to that ridiculous offer was succinct: If you are determined to shut down my business, then I shall use the last tool at my disposal to protect my customers. This is essentially what it boiled down to with me. I was told I was not willing to work with them, I was told that it was all my fault for not answering their voicemail. I was told that it takes 30 days from last date of contact to file a UCC, well last date of contact was May 30, and June 21 was the date of the UCCs. I pointed out all of the hypocrisy and my last words to the gentleman whom I spoke with was very simple: Had you simply answered my email on May 30, none of this would have happened.
At this point, what all of this means is very simple: Without payment from the funds sitting in the UCC liens, RackSpace will be shutting our servers down. I’ve extended our servers out until Friday, July 27. I can not process cashouts, no payments may be sent out. For that, I’m truly sorry. The only thing I can do at this point, is the last power I have left under PayPal: to honor all disputes of monies paid to InWorldz during this timeframe. We will start the refunding process tomorrow morning, and go through as much as we can until PayPal shuts us out of the accounts. In meantime, each and every single customer can dispute the monies paid to us, and PayPal will honor all disputes on behalf of the buyer if there is no response from the merchant. It takes a bit longer, they have to give merchants 15 days to respond, however, if they’ve yanked our access, it may go faster. So whether you’ve purchased I’z or paid for your regions, please dispute them if you don’t see the refunds coming throughout this week.
I will be pulling down all OAR files for every region on the servers over the next day or so and matching them up with our customers. If you need a copy, and you email me after the servers go down sometime this coming weekend, please do so at email@example.com.
Every person can download their Inventory, but realize, it will not work on any grid other than InWorldz. You can do this via your login page on InWorldz, Inventory Backup. It will make a request to our Inventory Servers to provide you with that file. If someone manages to make the Backups work on their grid, you can get your inventory there.
I know many of you will be angry over this, my heart was broken Friday afternoon, and I know many of you will have harsh words for this decision. Do know, I tried my hardest to avoid this outcome. For 10 years, InWorldz has been my bread and butter, and now I no longer have that. It’s raised my children, it’s seen many of us come together in real life, it’s facilitated a community I never thought possible. I’ve seen so much goodness pour through this community for those who needed help and I’ve seen the worst of what can happen when group negative think takes over. I’ve seen the best of creativity brought to life, and I’ve seen the absolute horrid side of cheapness and fraud and greed. I’ve watched a community that has gone through inclusion and seclusion. Through all of this though, I know many friends have been made, contacts made from around the world, loves found (and some lost), heartache over loss of community members, outpouring of charity for various causes, and even for personal members who had no hope previously. I’ve watched those with social challenges blossom and grow and find inner talents they never knew they had. And now, I hope and wish that each and every one of you finds a way to continue your path, to continue to create, to love, to grow and to be the absolute best you can be.
Lets get together and help save InWorldz from closing down later this week!
For the past two weeks net private regions have increased by 69 since the new pricing structure for private regions came into an effect. This is very good news and shows there is still interest in buying private regions in Second Life at the moment.
It’s too early to tell if this growth trend will continue or not in the weeks ahead. I would say we’ll need another month or so to see if this new pricing restructuring has worked successfully. Then we can start celebrating. 🙂
It’s worth mentioning that when the grid grows it really does help slow the overall rate of private regions losses on the grid.
Tyche Shepherd mentions the net private regions growth in the latest grid report, see below.
We are now two weeks into the new pricing regime for Private Estates and this is now the 2nd week of positive growth of the grid
Net Growth stands at 35 regions this week (last week was 34) All this week’s net growth was among private Estates .
Overall , taking into account last weeks closure of the 24 Temporary SL15B regions , Net Change in Private Estates since the new prices stands at 94 New or Returned Regions
I’ve no record of Region type at the moment, and therefore no estimate of overall change in revenue for the Lab, but the initial change in demand doesn’t seem enough to increase overall revenue at this stage.
Total number of Main Grid regions is now 23290 ( 16054 private estates & 7236 Linden owned)
112 new regions were added and 8 returned to the grid, with 18 regions removed (6 were renamed and 1 came and went since last report)
Adult rated regions were up in number by 15 to 5801 (24.9% of the grid), General rated increased by 8 to 2868 (12.3%)
Because of the recent net growth YTD private estate net losses now are down to 52 (A 0.3% loss)
It would be great to see more net growth in private regions in the weeks and months ahead. The grid needs to grow again as it’s been on the decline for many years.
On 1st July 2018 the most popular New SL Sims In past week thread reached 100 pages on SLUniverse Forums for the first time. Tyche Shepherd started the forum thread way back on 23rd March 2008 and it’s been actively running since then.
It’s definitely been the best source for updated Second Life statistics and much more. It’s been interesting to see weekly reports on new sims being added, sim renames, breakdown of server class and sims that have left the grid,
Congratulations Tyche all the hard work you’ve done over the years to keep the Second Life community updated on the grid numbers.
Here are the latest grid numbers as of 1st July 2018:
A large number of ACS RFL regions coming online helped keep net losses in regions to 3
Tomorrow the new land prices take effect so we’ll see if there is any significant uptake next week
Total number of Main Grid regions is now 23220 ( 15985 private estates & 7235 Linden owned)
103 new regions were added and 10 returned to the grid, with 117 regions removed (54 were renamed and 1 came and went since last report)
Adult rated regions were up by 13 to 5728 (24.7% of the grid) while General rated increased by 7 to 2893 (12.5%)
- Check out the Second Life Grid Survey here.
Just a quick reminder that next weekend marks the start of the 2018 Relay Weekend in Second Life which will take place on Saturday 15th from 10am SLT & Sunday 16th July 2018. It’s going to be another great successful event and I’m sure new records will be set.
All these Relay For Life of Second Life events bring communities together to remember loved ones and honor survivors to raise money to help the American Cancer Society.
2017 RFL of SL Stats
- Avatars: 996
- Laps: 3, 664
- Distance: 24, 755, 163 meters
- Course Length: 6, 758 meters
Last year $230, 000 was raised by the Second Life community and hopefully more will be raised this year. Check out the history of RFL of SL here
2018 RFL Schedule
Opening Ceremony: 10am SLT (Jul 14)
Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.
Survivor/Caregiver Walk: 11am SLT (Jul 14)
“Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on”.
Luminaria Ceremony: 9pm SLT (Jul 14)
“During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope”.
Closing Ceremony: 9am SLT (Jul 15)
“Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward”.
For more information, see here.