Hypergrid Business is now “winding down”


Breaking OpenSim News

Sad news to hear that Hypergrid Business one of the best sources for all things OpenSim is slowly winding down after 9 years. Maria Korolov who is the lead editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business has said that it’s a lot of work each month to maintain from contacting grid owners to publishing the monthly statistics/news. Apparently the volume of coverage in Hypergrid Business has fallen over the past few months.

Hypergrid Business has collected grid statistics since summer 2009 and has published 105 stats report articles since then. More than 300 articles have been written by over 200 contributors since March 2009.  Hypergrid Business has had more than 2.5 million visitors who have read a total of 6.5 million articles which is pretty impressive i think.

Apparently HG Safari has ended recently which is a real shame.

There was once a strong possibility that OpenSim would evolve into an open source, virtual reality metaverse. That’s not happening. Our viewers are still stuck where they were ten years ago, without any real support for web or mobile access or for virtual reality headsets. All projects to address that issue seem to have faded away. Instead, the focus has shifted to VR-native platforms from Google, Facebook, and, to some degree, Microsoft. We don’t know yet what Apple is cooking up, but they’re busy as well.

It’s increasingly looking like the whole SL-OpenSim ecosystem has hit a dead end. It will probably continue to exist as a niche platform for its half million active monthly users, shrinking slightly each year until it’s just a nostalgia thing, like text-based adventure games or manual typewriters.


Online Changes

  • Hypergrid Business still be online and will be maintained. The article archives will stay up including all the resources which will be available to everyone.
  • Maria will continue to publish the monthly active grids list, press releases, guest columns and the free ads will stay active
  • Possible short news pieces or two each month

Offline Changes

  • Hypergrid Business will no longer publish monthly stats reports and usage stats,
  • No more updates to the list of popular hypergrid destinations – (no traffic numbers)

Stay updated on the latest OpenSim news, events and more.

However, if people want to stay on top of OpenSim news, I recommend subscribing some of the great Google Plus communities that are out there, such as OpenSim VirtualThe Adult MetaverseOpenSim EverythingHypergrid SafariHypergrid Events and Virtual DestinationsFull list of communities is here, and the largest ones are listed here


 

Thank you Maria for the Opensim coverage you have provided over the years. It’s definitely been the best source for OpenSim news, stats and events. 

Wishing you all the very best Maria for the future. 


 

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InWorldz Ninth Birthday Celebrations Starts 1st April 2018


The InWorldz ninth birthday celebrations officially start on Sunday 1st April through until Sunday 29th April 2018. This year’s birthday is sponsored by the founders of InWorldz and it will be really amazing this year.

The InWorldz ninth birthday celebrations will be held over at the InWorldz Events regions. There will be live entertainment, hunts, amazing art, a mesh Q&A panel, sim explorations and other fun activities happening next month.

There will be two special birthday parties on 1st April followed by the 6th of April for the grand opening of Jurassic Isle project. The regular birthday entertainment events will take place from 7th – 16th April. The final IW9 birthday celebration event will be the Pyromusical by PyroVR on 29th April.

The IW9 Event Schedule, landmarks, posters and other info can be picked up at the InWorldz Welcome Area.

Everyone is invited to the IW9 birthday celebrations!

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OpenSim Total Land Area Still Increasing – March 2018 Update


Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

According to Hypergrid Business latest report for March 2018 it looks like OpenSim total land area is still increasing month on month. Apparently OpenSim land area gained a total of 3, 400 standard region equivalents this month. The number of active users increased by 1, 300 this month.

The biggest grid on OpenSim at the moment is the OSgrid with a total of 20, 203 standard region equivalents. Kitely comes in 2nd place with a total of 17, 372 regions followed by Atek Grid with just 7, 011 regions. The grids with the most active users at the moment: OSgrid with 4, 183 users followed by Metropolis with 3, 473 users and GreekLife with 2, 313 users.

For some reason InWorldz have not reported their stats for this month or last month.

Recently Kitely reached a new milestone of 100, 000 registered users with significant growth over the past year. The Kitely Market now has “11,566 product listings in Kitely Market containing 22,261 product variations, of which 17,218 are exportable. Kitely Market has delivered items to 257 OpenSim grids to date”.

Exportable products on Kitely continue to increase. (Kitely Market Data.)

Second Life Total Land Area – As of 18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Private Estates: 16, 058
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240

AvaCon Announces 5th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017


On Tuesday 12th September AvaCon announced details about their upcoming fifth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference due to take place 9th-10th December 2017. The main focus this year will be on the latest OpenSim software releases along with visions for the future of OpenSim.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.

AvaCon hope to accommodate over 400 users in total at this year’s conference. The 2017 OpenSimulator Community Conference will feature many interesting presentations, performances, panels, workshops and much more. On the main stage there will be more in-depth talks featuring Education, Technical, Creative and Experiential topics of interest.

The annual conference is organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon. Here are the important deadlines and important dates you should know about.

  • September 12, 2017 – Announcement of the Call for Proposals!
  • October 8, 2017 – Proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time).
  • October 22, 2017 – Proposal  acceptance emails and with conference information.
  • October 29, 2017 – Accepted speakers must register for the conference to create an entry in the conference schedule and the program.
  • November 11, 2017 – Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup to prepare speakers for the conference.
  • November 18, 2017 – Deadline for stage props and audio-visuals (beyond textures) for conference program.
  • December 9-10, 2017 – OSCC17 – Conference dates – Bring the WOWness!
  • December 10, 2017 – OSCC Hypergrid tour and community events.

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s conference, fill out this application form.

Please spread the word about the upcoming 5th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017