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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.

Exciting news for the TanGLe Grid on OpenSim


Leslie Kling who is the owner of the Opensim TanGLe Grid sent me an update via email today on some exciting news happening on the grid. See below for the exciting news including a free land offer, great region sales, private isle amusement park and the upcoming fashion expo events.

Back in November 2013 I logged into the TanGLe Grid for the first time on OpenSim and I wanted to try it out. See below for the grid stats back then and now.

Grid Stats (26th November 2013)…

  • Total Users: 134
  • Total Regions: 43
  • Unique Visitors last 30 days: 58
  • Online Now: 1

Grid Stats (22nd April 2015)…

  • Total Users: 519
  • Total Regions: 78
  • Unique Visitors last 30 days: 165
  • Online Now: 22

The grid has increased it seems in terms of regions and users since 2013 from looking at the grid stats sections above.  Here are the latest exciting updates on the TanGLe Grid. Spread the word! :)

GREAT FREE LAND OFFER
We are offering FREE land to newcomers to TanGLe Grid. You will have a nice lot with 478 prims to make your home a nice one.
How Do I Get My Free Lot? Easy. Register or login to TanGLe Grid go to Shores Oasis or Shores Haven Regions. Take a look around. You see a lot (land) you like, look for the sign post, click on the box and your done. That easy.

GREAT REGION SALES
You want region of 20,000 prims at a great low cost? TanGLe Grid is having a few region sales over the next couple months. We don’t just do 20,000 prims but a varity of different prims count region. Prices vary depends what your needs are. Ask IsambardKingdom Brunel or Leslie Kling in world for a list of what we have to offer. We also are doing VAR regions (2×2).

PIRATE ISLE AMUSEMENT PARK
We have updated our amusement park to be more lag friendly and have added a few new rides.  Some of our rides are still being worked on but alot of them are working so you can have alot of fun. We have placed it on a 2×2 VAR region so alot to see and enjoy.

FASHION EXPO EVENTS
We are having LIVE DJ’s perform Friday & Saturday during the Fashion Expo (May 2nd till June 7th 2015). DJ Leslie, DJ BJ, DJ Feel and DJ SheriffDawn. We will post in our events what DJ at what time.
Everyone is welcome to both EXPO & the LIVE DJ’s.  Hypergate Travelers are also very welcome to join us.

If you are interested in signing up, visit the TanGLe Grid website for more details.

Raglan Shire region closing down on InWorldz


 

Raglan Shire of InWorldz 2015

Raglan Shire of InWorldz 2015

The well known Raglan Shire region on the InWorldz grid will be shutting down around the 15th May 2015. The announcement came from Zayn Till on 10th April 2015 who is the founder of the Raglan Shire of InWorldz. This is really sad news to hear about and this will be a huge loss for the InWorldz community for sure.

Visit the Raglan Shire region here if you are a InWorldz resident. Here is the full announcement made on 10th April 2015 via the Friends of Raglan Shire group.

*wave*

Thought I’d pop in to make the announcement that Raglan Shire is going to be closed.

The sim will remain on the grid for another 5 weeks & then be shut down (Around May 15th-ish).

This will give everyone enough time to take up any no-copy items or builds (or anything really) if necessary.

While very sad, the sim really hasn’t been utilized & I’d rather not continue to accept donations just to make tier if this is the case.

I have nothing but respect for the Inworldz grid. The founders & people behind the scenes make this grid fantastic. A big thank you for all the hard work you did for Raglan Shire personally, in the beginning.
You are the best.

Special thank-you’s as well to Etheria, Oceanoz, Liandras, Caleb & all the folken who helped bring the tree to life as well as maintain it.

It was glorious.

Thank you,

Zayn Till

What do you think about the closing of Raglan Shire region on the InWorldz grid ?

Kitely removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds


Ilan Tochner who is the CEO of the Kitely grid announced on 20th March via the Kitely Forums and the Kitely blog that support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds will be removed as of Friday 27th March 2015.

It seems like Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs. Kitely will be removing this feature and support for it later this week. For more details see below.

Via the Kitely Forums thread

We’ll be removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds on March 27. If you’re currently using this feature then make sure to change your world access controls before this date.

Via the Kitely blog post

Currently, World Managers can choose to restrict access to their worlds so only people who belong to certain Facebook Groups can visit it. Unfortunately, Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs to. Therefore, we are forced to remove this feature from Kitely. This will happen on March 27, 2015.

If you are currently using Facebook Groups for access control then you should switch to a different method of restricting access to your world: e.g., using OpenSim groups. Otherwise, once we’ve updated the system your world may become accessible to more people than you had intended.

Latest grid stats for Second Life & OpenSim – March 2015


Here are the latest grid stats for both Second Life and OpenSim and are correct as of 16th March 2015. Please note that these stats below come via SLUniverse Forums and Hypergrid Business for reference. Every three months I will share the very latest grid stats for Second Life and OpenSim during 2015 to see what’s going on.

Second Life Grid Stats Update

Tyche Shepherd posted a new report on Monday 16th March 2015 (page 92) on the SLUniverse Forums for the total number of Main Grid regions and private estates.

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

Tyche Shepherd mentions on page 92 that the total private estates loses for the first 11 weeks of 2015 comes to a net loss of 65 regions which is 0.3% down on the end of last year.

OpenSim Grid Stats Update

Maria Korolov posted a new report on Hypergrid Business on Monday 16th March 2015 announcing that OpenSim has passed the 30, 000 active users milestone which is incredible I think. OpenSim is still ahead in the total amount of regions while Second Life is slowly declining once again. When SL 2.0 launches it will be interesting to see what happens in terms of the numbers but it’s early to tell at the moment.

  • Land area of OpenSim Public worlds: 57, 941 standard region equivalents (3, 797 square kilometers)
  • 94% of all OpenSim regions (57, 941) are on the hypergrid-enabled grids with 4, 079 of them being on closed grids
  • The number of registered users now stands at 433, 179

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

Top 10 Grids by Active Users in March 2015.

Top 10 Grids by Region Counts in March 2015.

Active users on the hypergrid-enabled grids and closed grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Next stats post will be in June 2015, stay tuned for that.

Linden Lab restricting use of the Linden Dollars in other virtual worlds


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 ?

 

 

InWorldz 6th Birthday new poster and preliminary schedule


IW6 poster

IW6 new poster

In a few weeks time InWorldz will be celebrating its big 6th birthday event and this year it’s going to be amazing. The IW6 builders are busy preparing the regions for the grand opening celebrations. The focus this year for the birthday is community and team builds. Check out the new IW6 poster above designed by Zarmina Naidu. :)

The preliminary schedule has been released showing entertainment listings from 27th March through 2nd April 2015. The big grand IW6 birthday bash party will be happening on 1st April 2015. Apparently there will be contests and other fun activities throughout April and May on the grid of InWorldz to celebrate six years.

Here is a sneak preview of the IW6 Welcome Area and it looks very nice so far. I’ll be blogging more on IW6 in upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for that.

IW6 welcome area

First preview of the IW6 welcome area

Are you excited about InWorldz 6th Birthday ? Please comment below! :)