Battle looms over DigiWorldz grid ownership

Welcome region on the DigiWorldz grid.
Welcome region on the DigiWorldz grid.

After a dispute between the partners of Digital Worlds Group, a US-based company offering content creation, development, and OpenSim hosting services, the group’s DigiWorldz grid has been split off as its own company, now based in the Netherlands.

Two of the former Digital Worlds Group partners, Mark Wiseman and Terry Ford, are — for now — running the new grid. Ford, who had previously founded 3rd Rock Grid, was the founder of and the person most closely identified with the operations of the DigiWorldz grid.

Ford was chiefly responsible for the technical side of grid management, while Wiseman handled business management, marketing, and customer support.

Michael Sietz
Michael Sietz

However, another former Digital Worlds Group partner, Michael Sietz, is disputing the circumstances under which DigiWorldz was spun  off as its own company.

“They are pulling a sneaky in order to get out of a contract,” said Sietz, referring to a prior agreement, also under dispute, with a former client. “It’s a mess.”

Sietz said that he plans to file suit this week.

Mark Wiseman
Mark Wiseman

“We had to make sure we were legally represented with DigiWorldz, that our customers had a proper legal company running it,” said Wiseman.

In an announcement yesterday, Wiseman and Ford said that services to grid residents will continue uninterrupted.

It’s unclear whether either of the two successor companies — what’s left of Digital Worlds Group or the new DigiWorldz Virtual World — will still be providing OpenSim hosting services to other grids.

Maria Korolov

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