New and improved Kitely Credits

When I tried to sign on very early this morning to work on my BlamGates, Kitey was down for maintenance. They weren’t down for long, especially considering the big changes made during that time. When I was able to sign on, I noticed that I had KC’s showing in the top right hand corner of my viewer! I was tempted to try out the newly improved Kitely monetary system right away, but decided maybe I should wait for the announcement and instructions.

I wasn’t disappointed when I checked the Kitely Blog this afternoon. Not only did they get the KC changes started, they added in world messaging, changed their groups policy and added and yet another browser I know nothing about.

Click for more details on the changes on the Kitely Blog and Hypergrid Business.


More on Kitely and megaregions

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Kitely will soon take the first steps to make KCs (Kitely Credits)  a viable virtual currency. If all goes as planned, Kitely residents should be able to exchange KCs with each other within the next week or so.

They’ll have the ability to give KCs to others, tip and buy items. The ability to exchange currency for cash will be added in the future, after internal anti-fraud mechanisms are in place. Many Kitely users have already accumulated a large number of KC’s. Varying amounts, depending which plan is used, are earned monthly and accrued by paying members.

How about those megaregions?

Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner recently talked about preliminary plans to implement megaregions in the near future, after introducing exchangeable KCs for residents. Tochner wanted to make clear that the plans are not written in stone and could change before megaregions are introduced.

As it stands now, there will be varying sizes of regions depending on the level of Kitley plan. On the Free Plan, Kitely users would still receive one full sim, 65,536 sqm. Bronze Plan worlds ($5 per month) would also remain the same size and number with two full sims, 65,536 sqm each. Megaregions on the Silver Plan ($20 per month) would be the size of four normal regions, 262,144 sqm. Gold Plan ($50 per month) megaregions would equal nine regions 589,824 sqm. A megaregion world on the Platinum Plan ($100 per month) could be as large as 16 regions, 1,048,576 sqm. Each world, would have a 100,000 prim limit regardless of size.

Sixteen new sims in “Map” view.

Consider 16 regions and a comparable prim limit in Second Life. Four Full Regions, with a prim limit of 15,000 each (60,000), at $295 a month each, equals $1180. A little over ten (10.26) Homestead Regions, with a 3750 prim limit each (38,475), for $125 a month each, equals $1282. Two Openspace Regions, with a 750 prim limit each (1500), for $75 per month each is $150. Add that together and the monthly fee for an almost 100,000 prim limit, and just a little over the same virtual land area, would cost $2613 per month to maintain in Second Life. That’s without Second Life set-up fees. Now multiply that by 100.
Tochner is considering providing not just one 16 sim size megaregion to his Platinum Plan members. He spoke about the possibility of allowing 100 megaregions, each the size of 16 regions and each with 100,000 prims for the Platinum Plan. The Gold Plan would have 30 megaregions the size of nine regions. The Silver would have 10 megaregions the size of four normal worlds.

Most recent improvements

Kitely world access settings.

Last week Kitely added the ability to upload oar files to replace existing worlds. They also updated their system to automatically disconnect avatars who are idol for more than 30 minutes. World Managers can choose to enable or disable the automatic disconnect using their world settings.

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