Kitely Market to have delivery to High Fidelity

Kitely, the largest commercial OpenSim grid by land area, plans to deliver its Kitely Market content throughout the metaverse — not just to OpenSim grids.

Our goal is to make Kitely Market the main metaverse marketplace,” Kitely¬†CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business. “As there are more than one platform vying to become the metaverse we aim to deliver to all platforms that don’t block us from doing so.”

Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of High Fidelity, visiting the MOSES OpenSim grid.

Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of High Fidelity, visiting the MOSES OpenSim grid.

First up: Philip Rosedale’s High Fidelity platform.

Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

Even though High Fidelity is still very far from becoming a viable architecture, we’ve already started work on supporting it as a Kitely Market delivery target,” Tochner said.

In fact, Kitely has already begun contributing to the High Fidelity project, with two code commits this month.

High Fidelity seems to be organized into three parts. Closest to the user there will be an open source client. According to remarks made by Philip Rosedale during a recent speech on the MOSES grid, there will be two versions of the client. One, a fully-functional interactive client, will be traditional downloaded software. Another, a view-only client, will run in the browser with no downloads necessary.

Next, the virtual world server software, also open source, will be available free for anyone who wants to set up their own High Fidelity virtual world — similar to the way that OpenSim can be downloaded and installed today.

Finally, the third part is provided by High Fidelity itself, and will be the source of the company’s revenues — a directory of virtual world locations, a virtual currency system, and a virtual goods marketplace.

It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, the Kitely Market will have on High Fidelity’s business model.

Today's best-selling items on the Kitely Market.

Today’s best-selling items on the Kitely Market.

Second Life?

In theory, Kitely Market could deliver to Second Life, as well, but there are some issues.

Due to the closed nature of Second Life we’ve yet to decide whether to pursue it as a delivery target,” said Tochner. “Doing so will require significantly more work than supporting an open platform and we’ve yet to decide whether we trust Second Life to not shut us out if Kitely Market becomes popular with their users.”

Kitely currently delivers to any hypergrid-enabled grid, as well as some closed grids, such as Zandramas, that choose to accept Kitely Market deliveries. According to today’s data, that is 145 grids, out of 215 grids total.

Share of hypergrid-enabled regions and active users on the public OpenSim grids. Green is hypergrid-enabled, red is closed.

Share of hypergrid-enabled regions and active users on the public OpenSim grids. Green is hypergrid-enabled, red is closed.

According to the latest Hypergrid Business data, hypergrid-enabled grids account for 91 percent of the land area of the public OpenSim grids, and 42 percent of all active users.¬†Adding in Zandramas users, that means that Kitely Market delivers to 44 percent of the residents of OpenSim’s public grids. By comparison, the next-largest delivery area is that of InWorldz, which currently accounts for 37 percent of OpenSim users. InWorldz has more residents than all other closed commercial grids combined.

Kitely merchants and creators can specify whether their products are allowed to be delivered to other grids or not, and can set different prices for exportable products.

Growth in items listed on the Kitely Market.

Growth in items listed on the Kitely Market.

Since Kitely Market enabled hypergrid delivery this past March, the number of items available for export has been rising, as seen in the blue area of the chart above.'

Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Minethere

    uh, in your graph you title the right column “Active users on the Hypergrid”. Then list grids NOT on the hypergrid. Am I missing something? [starting to think I live in some parallel universe where more and more makes little sense to me].

    • Maria Korolov

      You’re right — those titles are really confusing. The green is on the hypergrid, red is not on the hypergrid. I’ll update the image when I get the chance.

      • Minethere

        phew, thank goodness to gracious….I was about to start watching for people saying down is up, up is down, right is left, and left is right.-))

        • Maria Korolov

          Okay, should be better now. OpenSim has a higher-ration of hypergrid-enabled regions because most of the largest grids are on the hypergrid, and the closed commercial grids, on average, charge more for land and also do not allow free, self-hosted regions.

          • Minethere

            Less confusing…good article, btw.

            That would be very interesting if Hi-five allowed Kitely to deliver there. Of course much can change between now and then as much has so far this year, even.

          • Ilan Tochner

            Hi Minethere,

            As long as they remain open source they’ll have a hard time preventing third parties from competing with them on the services they wish to use to monetize their platform. Even if their own distribution is locked into using their company’s marketplace, other companies will be able to come out with distributions that will use competing set of services.

            They could stop being open source but that would cost them a lot of goodwill and reduce their chances of becoming the “Apache of virtual worlds”. This in turn will help OpenSim, with its open-source license. continue to be a more attractive option for organizations and individuals who fear vendor lock-in.

            In any case, it will probably take High Fidelity quite a bit longer until their solution is market worthy, by which point various VR/VW offerings from much big companies (with much bigger marketing budgets) will start coming to market. Their best bet is to remain open source and try to attract as many capable developers as possible so they can have a better solution for people to start adopting before the big players with their big guns enter the fray.

          • Minethere

            Yes, true. I expect if I was to leave and come back in 3-5 years it would all be so different it would take a whole new learning curve to get up to speed…otoh

            If this all becomes easier to enter and be involved with, which also seems to be some thinking going on, then perhaps, as I would like to see, I can open my browser and browse the worlds, and go exploring, from it.

            That would be nice especially for old senile grandmothers just passing time…..hmmm

  • Ilan Tochner

    Hi Maria,

    I think it is worth emphasizing that while Kitely currently delivers to 44% of public OpenSim grids it delivers to a lot more than 44% of the total OpenSim grids/standalones. Most private grids and standalones are Hypergrid enabled and those grids are not reflected your statistics. In fact, a significant percentage of our sales were done to avatars on Hypergrd-enabled private grids.

    • Maria Korolov

      Will you share these statistics?

      • Ilan Tochner

        Sorry, but no. Private grids are private. :-)

  • hack13

    Are there any plans to enable WhiteCore support?

    • Ilan Tochner

      It depends on how much traction it gets.

  • Gaga

    This is all very interesting and certainly High Fidlety ticks a lot of the boxes that got me interested in Opensim so long ago and sold me on the notion of a free Metaverse of connected virtual worlds. I guess which ever platform delivers those ideas best has to be the winner but I wont abandon Opensim lightly and neither will I take both feet out of Second Life any time soon but if HF turns out to be all that is promised then I will certainly get more interested. I like it that HF is open source and can be run on one’s own server even if it has to be part of the resource for the whole network which reminds me of a talk I had with Revolution Smythe when I was involved with Aurorasim. Rev is a clever guy and had some very advanced ideas how to build a secure platform. He told me, ideally, he would want to push to something else like Mesh Networking. With Mesh networks you are looking at the Metaverse grids a nodes which communication with each other. Each node is selfish and holds onto what its got but must act as a relay and collaborate to propagate data in the network. In other words it holds onto the content created there while sending data about the content over the network and relaying data from other nodes at the same time. This is a bit complicated to understand, but perhaps a better way to look at it is if the nodes are
    like mirrors reflecting data. No matter where the traveller goes they will be visiting a node that carries data unique to their needs, to them, to their inventory. They are a part of the whole and never really own anything unless they created it. Content thieves can not steal a reflection.

    When I read that HF needs to build a network of computers in order for the system to function then I did wonder if HF is being designed to use something like Mesh Networks as Rev described it and that definitely tick an impotant box for me. I will be watching the development more closely now.

  • Pathfinder

    Outstanding to see Kitely once again pioneering a future of interconnected virtual worlds. Bravo, Ilan.

  • Sebastian

    About the Second Life – I think it would be great advertisement for whole OpenSim community to let users buy the same product at the same time in SL and Kitely/Hypergrid.