Let’s talk about Kitely … on Designing Worlds: join us for a special taping!

Serenity Island, Kitely - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Serenity Island, Kitely - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Tuesday 21st February at 1pm SLT, Designing Worlds will be taping two important shows in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams and we want your input into the discussions we’ll be filming!

Firstly, at 1pm, we will be taping a show about Kitely, the new grid that has caught a lot of people’s attention, as it works with a radically different plan to most other virtual worlds. At the moment, you access individual worlds on the Kitely grid through Facebook – although this will very soon be expanded. In addition, you can currently access one world (or region) at a time – and then re-log to access another world – although again, hypergrid jumps within Kitely are planned in the near future.

Dogwood Art Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Dogwood Art Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

But perhaps the most radical difference with Kitely is that all land is free – indeed, when you sign up for an account, you automatically get one free world or, in Second Life terms, region (and you can have 100,000 prims on that region too).

So how does Kitely makes its money?

Beyond Sebgram X-99, created by Karima Hoisan, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Beyond Sebgram X-99, created by Karima Hoisan, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

By having in place a billing system that works rather like a a cell phone account – you pay for time used. And you can do this either by a pay-as-you-go of purchasing minutes, or by subscribing to a payment plan, which operates at different levels. A free account, for example, will get you 120 minutes a month and one free world; the silver account – which costs $20 per month – gets you 5000 minutes, a stipend of 1000 Kitely Credits (which can be used to buy extra minutes or purchase inworld goods) and 10 worlds (or regions). The highest level plan, the Platinum, buys you 100 worlds and unlimited minutes – and costs $100.

Lothlorien on Chakryn Forest, a work in progress by Andrek Lowell
Lothlorien on Chakryn Forest in Kitely, a work in progress by Andrek Lowell

That, of course, compares with $295 for a full region on Second Life. But no-one has to pay for the minutes to spend on your region.

This is just the business side though – we will be exploring this and other fascinating aspects of Kitely with the CEO, Ilan Tochner – and talking to two leading creators with Kitely, Karima Hosian and David Denton, and seeing some of their amazing and beautiful creations.

Dogwood Art Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Dogwood Art Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then, at 2pm, our audience will have a chance to ask questions as we record the second of our two shows. This will be a panel with Ilan, Maria Korolov (of Hypergrid Business) and Mal Burns, metaverse commentator. We’ll be talking more about Kitely, and about building sustainable business models for virtual worlds.  And we want to add in what you think too!

Please come to the taping at 1pm, find out more, and share your views and ideas!

The Mars Area of Serenity Island, Kitely, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Mars Area of Serenity Island, Kitely, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One comment

  1. The next cost & break-even analysis refers to:
    – Second Life (fixed costs) vrs OS grids (fixed costs) vrs Kitely (variable costs).

    From an industrial procurement viewpoint, you need to know that a LOW number of concurrent users means a VARIABLE cost model (like Kitely offers), a HIGH number of concurrent users means a FIXED cost model (like OS grids offer, yet the break-even level of concurrent users is not transparent), say at around $30 per month… Second Life flops at $295 per month…

    What also flops is the simplified 2006 A or B platform notion… Leaving Second Life in 2012 can go in 2 directions, OS grids and/or Kitely, depending on the concurrent user forecast.

    If you include the element of brand naming within SL, you would choose to downsize your frontoffice in SL, and establish a backoffice in an OS grid and/or Kitely. So it’s about A AND B AND C in 2012, not A OR B like in 2006.

    Thus, astroturfing this headlline “Rivers Run Red leaves Second Life for Kitely, Unity”, and conjuring lots of nonsense conclusions leaves several economic variables outside the economic decison-making scope, and needs scrutiny by the industrial procurement way of thinking.

    Kitely Monetization, though, shifts those break-even points to the advantage of Kitely, and the impact of this additional variable is not transparent at all… that closes our circle surrounding the issue of putting a price tag on e-infrastructure in virtual worlds…

    How about Kitely Monetization contingent to Virtual Event Project Roles?
    https://getsatisfaction.com/kitely/topics/how_about_kitely_monetization_contingent_to_virtual_event_project_roles

    Background Resource: Placing a price-tag on e-infrastructure
    http://www.isgtw.org/feature/placing-price-tag-e-infrastructure

    New Billing Scheme
    How about billing in a pure Prepaid way versus Monthly Tarif way? http://ow.ly/94Pbb
    How about implementing a fully free Kitely world financed by “Sponsored Virtual World”? http://ow.ly/9cdNh https://www.facebook.com/groups/sponsored.virtualworlds/

    Join the Kitely Group in Second Life:
    Raving Kitely World Visitors & World Owners, Mentors & Consultants in SL meet here http://ow.ly/994ku

    Note: Break-even analysis needs a forecast of Concurrent Users, and not of empty ghost town sims… 1000 concurrent users and 1 sim IS BETTER THAN 1 concurrent user and 1000 sims…

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