Category Archives: OpenSim

OpenSim has reached the 70, 000 regions milestone & update on Second Life regions

According to Hypergrid Business on 15th November 2015 OpenSim has reached the 70, 000 regions milestone which is incredible news. There are now the equivalent of 71, 034 standard regions on OpenSim’s 314 active public grids and it’s increasing every month. OpenSim active users reached the 34, 000 active users mark for the first time this month.

For those interested in joining OpenSim, read this!

For those who are new readers, 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.


In the graph below the total land area of OpenSim has reached many new milestones during 2014 and 2015. This time last year regions passed the 50, 000 mark and today there are more than 70, 000 regions.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

In the graph below shows the Hypergrid growing faster than the closed grids and InWorldz. In 2015 there has been more interest it seems for the Hypergrid.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

For the latest OpenSim grid news, top popular grids by (active users) and top region counts, see here.

Second Life

In Second Life today there are 24, 952 main grid regions in total left, with 17, 852 regions being private estates and 7, 100 regions being Linden owned regions. In the graph below shows the total number of main grid regions from 2006 to 2015. There is a noticeable decline in the graphs below and Second Life has a lot of catching up to do with OpenSim.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph shows the total number of private estates in Second Life between 2006 to 2015.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph below shows Second Life historical concurrency from 2009 to 2015.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph below shows historical Maximum Daily Concurrency from December 2009 to November 2015. Second Life had more people logging in between 2010 to 2012 (60, 000min – 80, 000max) and today the number of people logging into Second Life has dropped (27, 000min to 52, 000max).

Second Life Grid Survey Data

Will 2016 see Second Life decline further and OpenSim still on the increase ?

I would love to see Second Life regions increase in 2016 and for OpenSim regions to steady out more. It’s unclear whether or not Project Sansar will have a huge impact on Second Life and OpenSim.  We will have to wait and see!


Second Life & OpenSim Stats Update – October 2015

My last stats blog post for Second Life and OpenSim was published back in July 2015. I reported that Second Life regions were still declining and that OpenSim regions were increasing.

Not much has changed since then however it’s worth pointing out that Private Estates dropped under the 18, 000 mark since July 2015. If trends continue then the total number of Main Grid regions will drop under the 25, 000 mark within the next three months. Something needs to be done to stop the decline going into the red and for a recovery to start happening sooner than later.

OpenSim seems to be doing rather well this year with new records being regularly in terms of region counts and active users. The Hypergrid is still gaining interest it seems and I would imagine more records will be set before the end of the year. My next report will be the end of December 2015.

Here are the latest numbers for October 2015

Second Life

As of 20th October 2015

  • Total Number of Main Grid regions: 25, 103
  • Private Estates: 17, 966 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 137
  • Year to date for private estate net loss: 634 regions = 3.4% down

Via SLUniverse Forums

Second Life Signups

  • 43, 634, 454 total signups for Second Life so far
  • Average of 10, 000 – 12, 000 new signups everyday for Second Life

Maximum Daily Concurrency dropped during the course of 2015 and is slowly going up again as we near the end of the year. 


As of 15th October 2015

  • Now the equivalent of 68, 941 standard regions on 302 active public grids on OpenSim
  • 487, 243 registered users
  • 33, 454 active users
  • InWorldz top for active users: 6, 696
  • Virtual Worlds Grid top for region counts: 19, 749

Via Hypergrid Business

Hypergrid Business Data


“This month, hypergrid-enabled grids gained a net of 1,820 active users this month, while the closed grids gained 60. Currently, 74 percent of all public grids are on the hypergrid, accounting for 93 percent of OpenSim’s total land area and 65 percent of its active users”.

Hypergrid Business Data

Sixth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey results published

The results have been published for this year’s Sixth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey and for the full results of the survey, see here. This year there was a total of 1, 006 ballots and from that 971 were counted.

Here are some of the graphs with the results for them. :)

Total number of responses for each grid

  • InWorldz came 1st place with 149 responses,
  • DigiWorldz came 2nd place with 146 responses
  • The Great Canadian Grid came in 3rd place with 138 responses.
  • Kitely came in 4th place with 52 responses

Total number of responses for each grid. (Hypergrid Business data.)

How many people visited each grid

  • InWorldz: 67%
  • OSGrid: 63%
  • The Great Canadian Grid: 46%
  • Metropolis: 41%

How many people visited each grid. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Grid Survey – 2015 – Overview (Hypergrid Business data.)

Tangle Grid and Nara’s Grid came out on top which is rather surprising. I thought InWorldz, Kitely and OSGrid would be much higher. I like this graph because of the overview comparison between the popular OpenSim grids.

Sixth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey is available

The sixth annual OpenSim grid survey is out where OpenSim residents can rank their grids and see how they compare to other OpenSim grids. This is a great opportunity for everyone to rank a grid’s content, community, support, technology and overall experience by filling out this survey.

Vote now!

The results will be published on 6th October 2015.

See 2014 results here

Bright Canopy launches 29th August 2015 at $17 per month

bright-canopy 1

Bright Canopy will be launching on Saturday 29th August 2015 at a single monthly subscription of $17 per month for the first 90 days at least, The beta test and pre release phrases are done. There will be a launch party to celebrate this special milestone soon after the 29th August.

Bright Canopy will be the successor to the SL Go from Onlive and hopefully the service will last for years to come. During the alpha and beta phrase Google Chrome was apparently the preferred browser to access Bright Canopy. The new streaming service will allow users from around the world on low-end computers to access the Second Life platform and OpenSim grids.

If you are interested in Bright Canopy then sign up here today.

Here is the official announcement about the launch of Bright Canopy….

After much work and preparation and tremendous help from the community testing our offering, we are proud to announce the launch of the full Bright Canopy service.

LAUNCH DATE: August 29th

EARLY BIRD PRICE: $17 per month*

BRING A FRIEND: Sign-up a friend and both you, and your friend, earn free time.

EAST COAST CLOUD: We will also be adding a brand-new, US. East Coast cloud, for faster ping times!

We want to focus on service during launch, but we will be having a launch party to celebrate once the dust settles. You can look forward to music fun and special give-aways.

* Our early bird price is going to be an experiment for 90 days. If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve seen price fluctuations on the back-end, and we still need to watch actual usage of the service. $17 is a sustainable price if the instance costs return to their typical, historical values. It is not a sustainable price with the current spike in instance price. We may need to get creative with how we split instances, or we may need to raise prices. We intend to remain transparent as always and will keep you posted. Our goal is to continue to maintain a sustainable, affordable service.

Will you be signing up to Bright Canopy and trying it out ? 

Relay For Life of InWorldz season 2015

IW RFL 2012

RFL of IW 2012

The 4th annual Relay For Life of InWorldz season for 2015 is fast approaching and preparations are still on going at the moment. The theme for this year’s RFL of IW 2015 season is “Our Community Of Hope“.

Here are some key events and dates happening during the 2015 RFL of IW season…

  • The RFL of IW 2015 season starts at 12pm PDT on Saturday 8th August 2015 with a special presentation by The Golden Touch theater group and party.
  • From 9th until the 15th August the 2015 the Fashion For Life event will be happening and showcasing the best fashion of InWorldz
  • From Mid to late September 2015 the relay teams will be hosting the community fair showcasing groups, entertainers of IW and the art auction
  • The Relay will take place on Saturday 17th October 2015 from 12pm to 12am PDT.
  • The end of season party will take either a week or two after the Relay

There are so many ways that you take part in Relay For Life of InWorldz 2015 if you are interested. Head over to the Relay For Life Offices for more information.

  • Form a team
  • Join an established team
  • Sponsorship
  • Host a Fashion For Life show (contact Martin Glom)
  • Host a team event at your club
  • Placing a kiosk or vendors at your shop
  • Contribute with your scripting / building abilities

2015 RFL of IW Team Registration Form

RFL of IW office

RFL of IW office

New look for the InWorldz Welcome Area

InWorldz has a new look welcome area built by YadNi Monde and here are some first time snapshots of the area. I really think the layout is better than before and it’s going to be a big help to newcomers. My fav area is the central area of the region and the buildings around the outside look really nice.

Don’t forget there are many helpful Mentors at the welcome area ready to help out.

Come and check it out! :)

New InWorldz Welcome Area

Landing spot for newcomers

New InWorldz Welcome Area

New central area

InWorldz Welcome Area_003

Looks really nice from this angle

InWorldz Welcome Area_001

New look welcome area

What do you think of the new look InWorldz welcome area ?