According to Hypergrid Business latest blog post Avination Grid has officially shut down on OpenSim which is very sad news to hear about. Apparently the grid and company behind it has officially shut down after a series of financial problems in recent years.
Melanie Thielker who the owner of Avination Grid has confirmed the following:
“The grid’s regions and user inventories are saved, but residents will lose any money they had in in-world currency“,
“Now, that effort is over, the company is shut down, and the brand is too damaged to try to recover it,”
“We allowed the company to lapse because of the damage to the name Avination“
“We will shortly be able to provide avatars, inventories and regions from Avination in a new framework not called Avination.”
“I’d like for people to have some assurance that the stuff is not lost,“
“Since Avination is bankrupt and dissolved, there is no money there to pay out,“
On the Avination login screen updated recently in 2017 there are 81, 424 registered users, 492 regions with 399 unique logins (past 30 days). These screenshots are from my first day when I arrived at the welcome area of Avination.
It’s a real shame this is the end of Avination now and this is a huge loss for the OpenSim community moving forward I think.
On Friday 13th March Hypergrid Business posted a blog post on Linden Lab restricting the use of Linden Dollars in other virtual worlds. The transfer of Linden Dollars to Avination grid is no longer available apparently including payment for Avination regions via the Avination ATMs across the grid. This is really bad news for the Avination community and this will effect them deeply. The talks between the Avination management team and Linden Lab have broken down.
I gather from this now that the current use of Linden Dollars will now be restricted to just Second Life. Other opensim grids/virtual worlds will have to come up with other ways around this issue if not already.
I received this email today about the cut in transfer of Linden Dollars to other virtual worlds.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Avination required to stop transfer of Linden Dollars. Linden Lab cut transfer of Linden Dollars to other virtual worlds.
Due to recent interaction with Linden Labs, we regret having to inform you that the transfer of Linden Dollars to Avination is no longer available, including the payment of your Avination sims via the Avination ATMs. Following discussions with Linden Labs they have advised that any use of Linden Dollars in payment for currency of ANY other virtual world, or for external services which are not used in SecondLife ™ is in violation of the TOS.
Avination Management has attempted to discuss this matter with Linden Labs by reiterating the importance of this option as well as trying to understand how this is a violation of TOS, but unfortunately these talks have since broken down.
Linden Labs’ Lawyers are adamant that these TOS clearly state that Linden Dollars cannot be transferred. This stance will not just affect us as at Avination but could also see far reaching consequences for other companies considering legal use of L$, including services like Shoutcast Stream Rentals and other services rendered outside of SecondLife.
Unfortunately, for our loyal users and us this means an end to offering a fast and convenient way of exchanging Linden Dollars to C$. According to Linden Labs, users of SecondLife must cash out through LindeX before using the real currency to pay for services not rendered within SL.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause you and please accept we have tried everything in our power to reach an amicable solution with Linden Labs.
What do you think about Linden Lab restricting use of the Linden dollar in other virtual worlds ?
Avination grid will be celebrating it;s fourth birthday from Friday 12th September until Sunday 14th September 2014. There will be live entertainment, live DJs and much more. Visit the AVN4B sims on the Map to see the amazing exhibits and enjoy with friends.
See the full event schedule and lineup below for AVN4B.
Friday 12th September
10am – 12pm DJane Kirsten (Gothicbunker Aachen) – Warmup with Gothic and Hardrock
12pm – 1pm Digital Deception – live
1pm – 2pm Pingout Duffield – live country, rock and pop music
2pm – 3pm Nance Brody – live
Saturday 13th September
8am – 10am Fashion show at AVN4B – new and unusual styles for modern people
10am – 11am Babba Ballyhoo – live – unusual and unique, Cologne Folk Music
11am – 12pm AriangelS – live
12pm – 1pm DJane Florchen – live – charts, mixed and pop
Avination grid team announced new details on the official Avination Blog on 30th January that the first community meeting of 2014 will be held on Sunday 2nd February at 12pm AVN time (9pm CET/8pm GMT/12pm PST) when the Civic Center doors open.
Topics to be discussed at the meeting…
New script engine & the possibility of problems from the upgrade & possible solutions
Problem reporting (sending useful information to developers/fixing problems fast)
2013 has been a great year for OpenSim with huge growth in regions, users and active users. This month the top 40 OpenSim grids passed the big 30, 000 regions mark and now has nearly 4,000 more regions than Second Life. I would imagine the positive trend will continue into 2014 and 2015+.
For the first time on my blog I’m highlighting the big opensim memorable events and new records from 2013 that I’ve covered this year.
Avination grid is celebrating it’s third birthday on OpenSim this weekend and it’s bigger than ever before. Visit the AVN3B Event Area and celebrate with the Avination team/community. There are nine regions to explore this year full of amazing quality builds and much more. It’s expected that there will be larger audience than in previous years and i’m sure that everyone will have fun this year.
AVN3B Event List – 31st August /1st September 2013