MUVE Platform 2: Second Life

Who it is developed by

Released in June 2003, Second Life was developed by Linden Lab. The road to the launch started in 1999 when Philip Rosen pioneered the concept of computer hardware known as The Rig. This allowed people (residents) aged 16+ to participate ‘virtually’ in a three-dimensional online environment known as Second Life using their avatar. Avatar forms can be either created by the user, or bought pre-made. Now this multiplayer online platform entertains millions around the globe with an expansive online community, a unique virtual currency and a robust marketplace.

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MUVE Platform 1: Kitely

Who it is developed by

Kitely is an Israeli based commercial provider of OpenSim regions. The public beta version was launched in 2011 and they now have hosting in more than 3,000 regions (as of January 2013). Kitely claim they are now “the leading provider of affordable high-performance OpenSim hosting solutions”, despite the fact that Second life has been established for over ten years so has many more community members.

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