Category Archives: SL Dans Metrics

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 regions drop under the 25, 000 mark

On 8th November Tyche Shepherd announced that Second Life regions dropped below the 25, 000 regions mark for the first time since June 2008. During the summer private estates dropped below the 18, 000 mark and sadly the decline is still happening it seems.

Overall Second Life is still a huge virtual world today and it’s been a success after 12 years. Second Life is going to be around for many more years to come. There needs to be more interest and lowering the tier may help.

As of 8th November 2015

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 985
  • Private Estates: 17, 888
  • Linden Owned: 7, 097
  • The year to date private estate losses now stands at 712 = (3.8% down on last year). 

The graph below shows the weekly net change in the number of private estate regions since 28th December 2014. As we look at 2015 there have been some signs of growth however it’s mostly been declining throughout the year.

  • Do you think the decline will continue during 2016 ?
  • Will there be growth during 2016 ?  
  • What needs to be done ? 

Useful links for grid numbers

It’s my 9th Rez Day in Second Life

Happy Halloween 2015 & 9th Rez Day!

Happy Halloween! :) Celebrating my 9th Rez Day!

Today marks my 9th Rez Day in Second Life so I guess that makes me old and ancient. For me it’s been a great journey over the past 9 years full of excitement, drama, adventures and much more.

9 years old

OMG 9 years!

I have met amazing people over the years and I have really enjoyed attending events. I have enjoyed blogging about Second Life and I will continue writing for years to come.

My avatar’s evolution (2006-2015)

Thanks to all of you who have been part of my Second Life for the past 9 years. Here’s to many more years in Second Life. Woooot! :D

Happy Halloween 2015_004

Let’s celebrate! :)

Update on the latest Second Life statistics – September 2015

At the start of 2015 I posted a update on the grid numbers for Second Life and here are the latest statistics for September 2015. Back then on 4th January 2015 the total number of Main Grid regions was 25, 611 regions, for private estates there were 18, 579 regions and for Linden owned regions there were 7, 032 regions.

Regions Update

Here are the latest region numbers as of 13th September 2015 via the New SL Sims in past week thread on the SLUniverse Forums.

  • Main Grid Regions: 25, 223
  • Private Estates: 18, 098
  • Linden Owned: 7, 125

So far the year to date for net private estate region loss now stands at 502 regions = (2.7% loss). As you can see the total number of Main Grid regions have declined further during 2015 and private estates have declined too. Linden owned regions have been increasing this year which is rather interesting I think.

I would imagine if rates continue as they are, the total amount of main grid regions will drop under the 25, 000 mark and the private estates to drop under the 18, 000 mark before the end of 2015/early 2016. I hope things will change soon for the better soon and it will be very disappointing if it were to go below these marks above.

As many know already the lab are working on the next generation platform and it will be interesting to watch the grid numbers for Second Life & OpenSim grids when the next generation platform launches.

Daily Concurrency Update

The daily concurrency seems to be averaging around 53, 000 at max and 27, 000 at min. These graphs can be found on the Second Life Grid Survey.

Check out this interesting historical daily concurrency graph going right back to 5th December 2009 through until September 2015. As you can see from the bigger picture interest has been going down hill since 2009 with some peaks over the years.

Here are graphs showing the maximum and minimum for the daily concurrency since 2009.

Signups Update

As of 13th September 2015 there have been 43, 249, 078 to date. On average there are 8, 000 to 10, 000 new signups for Second Life everyday.

My next Second Life statistics post will be published in late December 2015.

July 2015 Update: Second Life regions still declining & OpenSim regions increase

My last statistics blog post was published back in March 2015. This is a update on the latest stats for Second Life & OpenSim for July 2015.

Latest News on Second Life Active Users

Recently Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden) was interviewed by Xconomy and Ebbe revealed some new stats on Second Life’s active users a month. Apparently there are more than 213 Linden employee’s Ebbe said. I would imagine this number will much higher in the years to come.

Second Life now hosts about 900,000 active users a month—a bit lower than its peak of about a million years ago. As a private company, Linden Lab doesn’t disclose its revenues. It had raised a total of about $30 million in equity financing by 2006.

Second Life Regions Count Update

Since 17th March 2015 the total number of Main Grid regions have dropped again and private Estates have too. Linden Owned regions have increased a bit since March 2015. See the stats from this time last year

4th January 2015

  • Total Number of Main Grid Regions: 25, 611
  • Private Estates: 18, 579
  • Linden Owned: 7, 032

17th March 2015

  • Total Number of Main Grid Regions: 25, 549 
  • Private Estates: 18, 535 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 014

As of 28th June 2015

  • Total Number of Main Grid Regions: 25, 364 
  • Private Estates: 18, 330
  • Linden Owned: 7, 034

If rates continue then expect the total number of Main Grids to go under the 25, 000 mark before the summer. Private Estates will go under the 18, 000 mark before the summer if trends continue. I hope this doesn’t happen and I believe things can change for the better.

Second Life Daily Concurrency Update

The Daily Concurrency in Second Life now reaches a high peak of 52, 000 on average with the low peak of 27, 000 on average. The Median Daily Concurrency is reaching the 40, 000 mark at the moment. The Mean Daily Concurrency is reaching 39, 000 at the moment.

As you can tell in the graph below the numbers are declining more and more each year which is very alarming. The daily concurrency numbers were much higher many years ago. It will be interesting to see if the current numbers will decline, stay the same or increase before 2016.

Second Life Signups Update

  • Average of 10, 000 – 12, 500 new signups everyday for Second Life
  • 42, 522, 204 total signups so far for Second Life since the beginning

OpenSim Stats Update

According to Hypergrid Business latest monthly OpenSim statistics post made on 15th June 2015 regions grow, activity slows on OpenSim grids.

OpenSim’s land area hit a new high this month and more than 9,000 new users registered on the grids, but active user numbers slipped by 672 as we enter the summer months.

Summary of the latest stats from OpenSim

  • 9, 000 new users registered on registered grids
  • Active users dropped by 672
  • OpenSim grids increased by 1, 733
  • New total of 62, 995 regions
  • 31, 397 active users – 672 less than the previous month
  • InWorldz (7, 630), OSgrid (3, 488), Metropolis (3, 182)  and Craft World (1, 085) are the most popular active user grids
  • Virtual Worlds Grid (19, 636), OSgrid (9, 633), Kitely (8, 075) and Metropolis (7, 324) have the most regions
  • Hypergrid now accounts for 62% of all active users, closed grids counts for 38%. InWorldz has 24% of all active users with closed grids having 14% of the active user base

My next stats post will be published in September 2015 then a year look back in late December 2015.

500 follows milestone reached

Today my blog reached the 500 Follows milestone and I like to say thanks so much for following my blog over the years. Thanks for your support and it would be fantastic to reach the 1, 000 Follows milestone within the next few years.

Yay, 500 follows! 

Yay 500 Follows!

  • 100 Follows – 19th May 2012
  • 200 Follows – 30th April 2013
  • 500 Follows – 17th March 2015

Recently my blog reached the 400, 000 blog views milestone and that’s incredible I think. It would be great to reach the 500, 000 blog views milestone within the next year or two.

If you are a WordPress user then you can check out your Trophy Case to see what you have including follows, likes and anniversary’s.  Woooot! :D

I’ll keep everyone posted if I reach any other milestones in the near future for sure. :D

Reached the 400, 000 blog views milestone

I’m very happy to announce that today my blog reached the 400, 000 blog views milestone. Thanks so much for visiting my blog over the years because it means a lot to me. Yay!

400, 000 views

Later this year marks 8 years since I first started blogging in Second Life and it would be lovely to reach the 500, 000 blog views milestone someday.  :D

Thank you! :)