Here we are at the end of the year, and I hope you are all full of festive food and happiness!

It’s been a long time since the last update, so I wanted to make a few announcements to keep you all up to date.

Most importantly, we have taken on a “Patron Partner”. Eilidh McCullough is a well-known supporter of community and charity projects in InWorldz, and has made a very generous investment in the project, covering our hosting and database costs for the next couple of years. We are deeply grateful for the support and we look forward to working with Eilidh in many other ways too, as we continue to develop and expand the project.

Next, a sincere apology from myself at the lengthy delays in getting the next release of the marketplace finished. It’s been a complicated few months, with health and financial issues, and I haven’t had the time or energy to work on the project as much as I wanted to. Things seem to be settling at last, and I am keen to get back into things properly in the new year. The next marketplace release should be live at the end of January and much is planned beyond that too.

I also thought you might like to know some numbers about the marketplace at this point :

  • Merchants : 220
  • Products : 12,863 (excluding inactive ones)
  • Sales : Iz$ 321,031 from 958 actual sales (excludes freebies and demos)

Finally, please note that the servers will be going down tomorrow so that we can move the databases to a new hosting company, with better support and greater security and flexibility. We are hoping to limit the downtime to 2 hours, from 3am to 5am IW Time (PST) on Saturday 31 December, 2016. Join the inIW.net group in-world to get status updates.

We wish you a wonderful New Year, and we look forward to sharing an amazing 2017!