OpenAI’s GPT Store, initially slated for release this year, has encountered a detour on its timeline. The anticipated launch has been rescheduled to an unspecified date in early 2024, a decision undoubtedly influenced by the recent turbulence in leadership that unfolded in November, shortly after the project’s initial announcement.
Axios was the first to bring attention to this shift, having acquired a memo disseminated to users and developers. In a snippet from the communication, OpenAI conveyed, “We are now planning to launch the GPT Store early next year. While we had expected to release it this month, a few unexpected things have been keeping us busy!” The memo also offered a glimpse into forthcoming enhancements, including an improved configuration interface and debug messages.
The eyebrow-raising nature of the store’s imminent launch was palpable when officially unveiled at OpenAI’s Dev Day conference in November. Despite presenting a functional mockup of the store and a selection of finely-tuned models, aptly named GPTs, numerous questions remained unanswered.
During a Q&A session featuring the momentarily dethroned CEO Sam Altman and CTO Mira Murati, probing questions surfaced about the company’s strategy concerning customer charges and developer compensation. The response, in essence, was a tentative “we’ll see.”
Given the inherent fluidity of the launch plan and the temporal disruption caused by the brief yet intense clash between the board and CEO, the subsequent delay isn’t entirely unexpected. Approaching the winter holidays, the notion of launching a significant product amid organizational upheaval, while concurrently addressing a novel board and other pressing priorities, likely deemed impractical.
For current OpenAI customers, the creation and direct sharing of GPTs persist as viable options. However, until the formal launch of the store, these models will remain absent from public listings and revenue-sharing initiatives, pending OpenAI’s final decisions on implementation.
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