I am still working on this article on virtual worlds in education, an ran across this report from January 26, 2009. According to Virtual Worlds Management, more than 200 youth-oriented worlds are currently live or in development. This is an increase from 150 known youth-oriented virtual worlds in August of 2008.
I pulled the listing into a spread sheet and did a little inquiry. Here are some of the things I found:
- 38 of the virtual worlds products are explicitely intended for children six and younger.
- Two are being developed in Australia, 2 in Belgium, 8 in Canada, 2 in China, 3 in Denmark, 4 in Finland, 2 in France, 4 in Germany, 3 in Israel, 5 in Japan, 4 in Korea, 2 in Spain, 2 in Sweden, 14 in the UK, and 126 in the U.S.
- One is in Alpha, 10 are in closed beta, 36 are in open beta, 7 are in concept, and 26 are under development. Most of the rest are live.
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