OpenAI won’t release the GPT Store for AI this year as they initially said. Instead, it will be launched in early 2024, although the exact date is not specified. The delay is likely because of changes in leadership that happened in November, right after the first announcement.
Axios was the first to report this news and got hold of the memo sent to users and developers. The memo mentioned, “we plan to launch the GPT Store early next year. Even though we wanted to release it this month, unexpected things have kept us busy!” It also talked about some upcoming improvements, like a better setup interface and clearer error messages.
OpenAI’s Plans for GPT Store
The announcement of the store’s launch this month caught attention when it was officially revealed at OpenAI’s Dev Day conference in November. Even though there was a functional mockup of the store and some refined models called GPTs to check out, there were still many unanswered questions.
During a Q&A session with briefly removed CEO Sam Altman and CTO Mira Murati, the inquiry about the company’s strategy for charging customers and compensating developers in relation to the store. Their response was essentially, “we’ll see.”
Because the launch plan was not well-defined, and at least a week of work was probably lost during the short but intense conflict between the board and the CEO, the delay isn’t very surprising. As the winter holidays are coming up, the thought of releasing a significant product under pressure while also dealing with a new board and other priorities likely wasn’t feasible.
For OpenAI customers, they can still create and share GPTs with others directly. However, these won’t be publicly listed or eligible for any revenue-sharing program (if OpenAI decides how to set one up) until the store officially launches.
OpenAI has delayed the GPT Store launch until early 2024 due to leadership changes and unforeseen challenges. The company, as reported by Axios, acknowledged the delay in a memo, citing unexpected developments. While users can still create GPTs, the store’s official launch, with promised improvements, is eagerly anticipated.”